I just recently began doing my own Clapton’s using the basic clothespin rig. It works well but I have noticed that, after I release it from the swivel and trim the ends, the wrap wire feels like I could slip it off the core with little effort. I can compress it lengthwise back on the core but I’m pretty sure that’s not ideal. My sense is it’s a tension issue but if I apply any more it might bend the wire. Any advice from our Clapton builders here?
BTW, I searched the forum for similar topics but the one I found I don’t think applies to this issue.
I’d say add tension to the core wire so u can apply a bit more tension to the outter wire. If u still can’t get a result you’re happy with u could do 2 things.
try using a smaller gauge core wire like 26g or 28g and twist 2 equal lengths creating a twisted core wire, clapton over that and the ripples in the core wire will hold your outter wire in place. Here’s a fresh set inbuilt this morning coincidentally.
If all else fails (not sure wut your vape budget looks like but) u could pick up the avidartisan daedalus. Check out some reviews on YouTube if you’re not familiar. I picked one up and it’s a handy little device! Hope this helps brother!
You should always have tension on the line when you are making the clapton to get it nice and tight. WHen you reach the end, go backward over your claptoned wite for a1/4 inch so it doesn’t slip off
Or look up DIY ClaptonJigs on youtube… I use the one with the cloth hanger/pin which works great. The button one is great for spaced claptons… there is even avidartisan daedalus which work just as good without paying the 80 bucks which i dont have for such a jig… but ya, nothing quite beats the cloth hanger one…
Ive made all these, third one is prob the coolest but all work flawlessly and wrap it nice and tight.
3fvape.com has them for around $40 I believe. I got mine awhile ago during a sale going on and only paid $32 so I couldn’t resist lol. All those diy methods do work great tho and I’d agree with the clothes pin👍🏻
I just hold the spool right on the holes in the center between my thumb and middle finger. Apply a decent amount of pressure. It also helps to run back over the clapton a few times when u reach the end to help lock it into place. Hope this helps, good luck
Just wanted to throw out a quick follow up. After ruining almost 50ft of 32g wire I finally made some progress. My problem the whole time was the shitty swivel I used. I replaced it with a ball-bearing swivel, which allowed me to apply a bit more tension to the core wire. Yay me!!
Fused 316L 26g cores x 32g wrap. Will prolly use 34g next time.