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synthetic raffia...(order arrived)

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:33 pm

Found this site, thought I'd pass it on....posted it on the blind forum, but figured I'd post it here as well.
http://www.nashvillewraps.com/raffia/raffia-ribbon/c-038427.html

100 yards for $3.49 is a good deal. the stuff is made of rayon by the Berwick company and is called "Wraphia". Lots of camo colors to choose from to match any surroundings.

I rather synthetic rayon wraphia to the natural raffia becasue the natural will soak up a lot of water and weigh a ton! plus-it will rot!
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:47 am

this is good stuff for guys that hunt areas where bringing in real grass is prohibited like refuges....
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Feelin' Fowl » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:18 am

Any idea what the quantity comparison is vs. a pack of "regular" raffia? More specifically, how many rolls of the synthetic = how many pounds of raffia?
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Feelin' Fowl » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:21 am

And I see that a roll is .12 lbs. So a little more than 8 rolls for 1 lb.

Does anyone have experience with this to know that it's a true or equal comparison in weight/coverage?
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:24 am

Feelin' Fowl wrote:Any idea what the quantity comparison is vs. a pack of "regular" raffia? More specifically, how many rolls of the synthetic = how many pounds of raffia?

I plan on ordering a roll soon and will let ya'll know.

I have seen synthetic raffia ribbon on a gift before and thought to myself it would be a great blind cover. I will be dressing a couple layout ghillies here shortly so I will let you know. I am glad I finally found a supplier!
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Feelin' Fowl » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:25 am

Perfect! Thanks Swamp.
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:26 am

Feelin' Fowl wrote:And I see that a roll is .12 lbs. So a little more than 8 rolls for 1 lb.

Does anyone have experience with this to know that it's a true or equal comparison in weight/coverage?

I would think that natural raffia would weigh more than synthetic, but I do not have any conversion ratio to base that on...
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:29 am

In south louisiana, it is wet and warm damn near the entire season. the real raffia does not hold up and after a good soaking from rain or in the bayou, your blind will be covered in mold/mildew in a hurry-even if you take care and dry it often. Royal PITA!

BTW-the material is made of rayon fiber....
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:31 am

Feelin' Fowl wrote:And I see that a roll is .12 lbs. So a little more than 8 rolls for 1 lb.

Does anyone have experience with this to know that it's a true or equal comparison in weight/coverage?

I'll let you know how much coverage I can get with one roll as I make the ghillies... :thumbsup:
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Feelin' Fowl » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:35 am

Looking forward to seeing another Inda project come together. Thanks!
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:42 am

just doing a little math here,
300 ft. X 12 inches = 3600 inches
/ by 9 inches (length of grass in each bundle) = 400 9 inch pieces
figure 10 blades or so per bundle(bend them in half around the loops on your blind to make 20 blades) = 40 bundles.

depends on how tight you place them on your blind I guess as far as coverage goes. Also would be less if you want longer blades.....
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:43 am

not sure how much real raffia it would take to make 40 small bundles like that, maybe someone can chime in that knows...
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:52 am

Here is a pic of the web of what it looks like up close...
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they make both a gloss and a matte finish, be sure to get the matte finish and make sure it is rayon and not paper!
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:56 am

they make hula skirts with it too...
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...if it will work for a hula skirt, outta work for a blind! ( I know some guys have trouble finding the real raffia and have bought hula skirts for the grass.)
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:59 am

manufacturers picture before it is dyed...
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you can see how it resembles the look of grass, even though it is white.
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:10 am

much better prices, but a smaller selection...$2.35 per 100 yard roll...
http://www.giftsintl.com/raffiaribbon.php
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:15 am

Product Description
Rayon Raffia ribbon is a textured, natural-looking ribbon.
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:23 am

better pic of what it looks like...
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and another supplier with great selection and a good price...
http://www.papermart.com/colored-matte-raffia-ribbon/id=8701#8701

***edit to add:
This link states the spools weigh 0.2 lbs., that would be 5 per lb.
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:38 am

anyone on goosehuntingchat? link this over there....
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:26 am

saw a thread on goosehuntingchat where a guy said the average layout blind has ~160 grass loops on it. that being the case, the minimum you could get away with would be 4 rolls, but that might be a little thin on the cover....
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby AR Dave » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:12 am

Do you order this on the spool Indaswamp?
I'm just about to order 20 lbs of Raffia, from Jstern.com, to cover a 14 foot boat.
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Rick Hall » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:34 am

This is an experiment I'll be following closely. But if you do end us using real raffia, I understand many combat water problems with Thompson's Water Seal.
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby 18javelin » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:16 am

Rick Hall wrote:This is an experiment I'll be following closely. But if you do end us using real raffia, I understand many combat water problems with Thompson's Water Seal.



yep that's what I do the sray can water repelant helps tons. My real raffia has lasted 3 years now no mildew or rot, I have to dry fabric out anyways. im curious how good this is and how much a spool makes get busy swamp...
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:15 pm

AR Dave wrote:Do you order this on the spool Indaswamp?
I'm just about to order 20 lbs of Raffia, from Jstern.com, to cover a 14 foot boat.

I have not personally used it, but I'm fairly certain a guy I saw at the launch had this on his boat. That's the only guy I have seen using it as blind material. The stuff I saw on a gift as wrapping ribbon was the exact same stuff. I'll let you guys know when it comes in...

while thompsons sounds good, if this stuff works just as good-I would rather have the synthetic. :thumbsup:
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Re: synthetic raffia...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:18 pm

AR Dave wrote:Do you order this on the spool Indaswamp?
I'm just about to order 20 lbs of Raffia, from Jstern.com, to cover a 14 foot boat.

I've only ever seen it on a spool. I plan on setting up a jig; a spool on a drill so I can put 10-12 wraps on it quickly, then cut twice to make two bundles....that should speed up the processing time and make it easier to fool with. :thumbsup: I have some 6" PVC pipe laying around and the circumference of that is about 18 1/2" around. should work perfect for making 2 bundles at a time.
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