Modder’s Tools: Flames and Frays

Fabric-covered cords are a ubiquitous material used in computer peripherals, and they have a unfortunate habit of fraying. This fluffy form of wear is unsightly and hard to fix, and the fray can slowly grow in size as time passes.

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Fortunately, these stray fibers can be vanquished with a simple flame. Hold the flame of a match or lighter to the fibers for just a moment, and the fray will shrivel and curl inward. Practice common sense when working with fire, and don’t hold the flame on the material for more than a split second.

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As you can see, the finished product looks much cleaner. This technique also has uses outside computer cords; frayed edges on clothes, straps, furniture, and more can also be vanquished with a little heat.

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