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    Finishing the Working End of a Plastic Woven Line-pxl_20200914_223323336.jpg
    This shows about how I hold it before applying a lighter. Just apply flame until you see it liquify/blacken, then pull melted portion into/through the cloth while sort of rolling your fingers holding the cloth. The end shown was created just this way. The tiny point could be clipped, but such narrowed "points" can be useful in their own right. And if you don't want to draw out the point, you just don't roll/pinch as much as it pulls through. I've made ends like that where it was more ball like, but the largest diameter was pretty much the cord diameter. And the "roll it" portion isn't really required unless really picky about the outcome. Pulling through the rag (I've used paper towel too) acts somewhat like a die, and even without undue effort it comes out good for 99% of my uses.

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    Baddog,

    I tried your approach twice and got consistent, great results. I did clip the point because it was sharp. Your picture doesn't seem to show any burn marks but I did have them. I suspect I left the flame on the line a little too long.

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    Glad it worked for you. And yes, if you don't want a black end, you just stop the heat as soon as you see it liquefy and pull it through the cloth. But black ends can be useful for spotting the end when coiled/stored.

    That one is exactly as it was created. If I were to cut the pointy part off, it would still leave a solid end that is nice and rounded. If you don't want it pointy, you can pull it just into the cloth, and then open the cloth without pulling it through. It's not completely predictable and varies by how thick/hot and how far in you pull it through, and how tightly you hold the cloth around it, though generally works well enough.
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