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Thanks as usual to our splendid commentariat for the great response on yesterday’s fabric-jacketed power cable post. Thanks especially to Travis, Will, and MAKE cover boy Jake von Slatt for sharing some of the DIY methods for fabric cord sheathing.

Jake used braided loom from shoelaces to cover the short, narrow mic cord on this beautiful custom Steampunk microphone commission, while the larger patch cord from the base is sheathed in braid stripped from a climbing rope bought at a sporting goods store. There’s some debate about the safety of using the DIY methods on lamp or appliance power cords, but for low-power signal cables like these it’s hard to imagine any risk.

Girl Genius Theatre Microphone | The Steampunk Workshop

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Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

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