Industrial Dubbing Blender

In my quest to find the largest simplest dubbing blender on planet earth I’ve created Cotton Candy 1.0.  Granted, not for your casual fly tier, but it will do just fine for me to create  large batches of dubbing from yarn stock, and then large finished batches of multi yarn mixes.   I almost have to wonder if I should apply for a patent on this one! :)

If you have an air compressor your 90% there.  I’ve used a giant crouton container from Sam’s with a screw top lid.  I cut a grid into the side with a grinder, then I slathered the inside of the grid with silicone and glued a section of cotton cloth(t-shirt or other).  To finish this off, I made a small hole in the top which is just smaller than the tip of my air nozzle, making an air tight fit.  Let the silicone dry.  Cut more yarn than you’ve ever cut before  into the jar…fire up the compressor and blast away.  It took 1-2 min for this batch which came out 99.8% separated.  Not bad for the 1.0 model.

After using this a few times I like to stick to about 10-12 ft of yarn per batch for best separation.  For yarn that’s really hard to separate I’ve given in and gone to a wet blender, which seems to work very well.  I was just at Sam’s Club today and they have some massive pretzel jars for around 5 bucks, maybe a little too massive, but look around and you will find something that you can use as well.

 

 

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3 Responses to 'Industrial Dubbing Blender'

  1. Chad says:

    Northern Colorado carp guy here. I’m very intrigued with your blender. What’s the tshirt grid for?

    • its a filter so air can leave and therefore more can come in. you only need about a 1″x1″ inch outlet. turns out aiming your air in jet at the filter is one of the best ways to blend your mix. Hope that helps. you need a very tight seal. silicone is recomened.

  2. Chad says:

    Thanks, man. So no need for the entire grid….just a 1″X1″ outlet vent? And I have to make sure the hole on the lid fits tight around my compressor gun, right?

    Have you tried mohair (aka angora goat)? Carp love to eat angora goat. LOL! Maybe some sparkle.

    Oh, and I’m having a tough time following your dubbing charts. Thanks for the charts anyway though.

    Love your rough crawfish!!!

    @cacoontz
    #RiverDonkey

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