The process looks like this:
I constantly referred back to this animation while I strung my picavet.
The first thing I did was to cut about 6 armlengths of the string. I had a really frustrating time keeping such a long length from getting hopelessly tangled, so my advice is to hold on to the ends at all times. This should prevent tangles.
I laid out my parts like this:
A short apology - for this version of my picavet, I decided to replace the carabiners with 2 card rings. Since the string goes through each kite line attachment point twice, I thought this might prevent the string from rubbing on itself while in flight. We'll see if there's any difference. Key rings could also work.
You can see that I took one end of the string and tied it to the card rings on the right. This was just to keep it in place while I did the rest of the stringing.
The rubber bands are there in case I decide later to use them to hold the camera - you can't slip them on once the stringing is finished. Rubber bands aren't a very safe way to hold the camera in place, but they are easy to slip on and off the camera if you're doing a lot of testing and the camera isn't going to go very high. I actually found it very helpful to record some footage while just tying the kite line to a coat rack in my office and hanging the picavet and camera from that as I moved the kite line up and down.
Also notice (1) the central washer in the middle of the picavet cross, and (2) all the eyes are facing the same direction!
Using the animation above, I began threading the string. Here are some photos of that.
|(1) One end of the string is tied to the card rings.|
|(2) Hanging on to the loose end, I dumped the string off my desk to free space. The central washer is held down with a heavy magnet as I thread the string through.|
|(3) Through the first loop of the second set of card rings and back...|
|(4) Through the right eye...|
|(5) Through the left eye!|
When you've gone through the last eye, hold the free end of the string while untying the other end. I used a double fisherman's knot. Then, tie the ends together and cut off excess string. You're done!
It definitely took me a couple tries to get it right. The more I tried, the easier it was to understand how the picavet is supposed to be strung. Even if my instructions and pictures aren't very clear, really the best way to string the picavet correctly is just to try it a couple times until the method begins to make sense.
Here is the final product!
The next post will be short and sweet, about connecting the picavet to the kite line.