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Old 05-15-2008, 02:01 AM   #1
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Question Roach Spreader help please

Hi out there in computer land I would like to know what roach spreaders are made of. I finaly have the rest done and trying to get it done for tomorrow( stupid I know ) lol thanks for any help you can give me
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Most of us just use a piece of thick leather, like belt leather. Unless you are going to use a premade of of silver, bone, resin, etc.

For mine I layed my roach on a piece of grocery bag, traced around the base of the roach (Just the front and a little 12" the sides). Then I cut out the shopping bag, cutting it a little smaller than my lines. I layed the cut out part on the inside of the roach where the spreader will go, making sure it didn't touch any of the hair. If it did, I trimmed it down a little more. I transfered my pattern to the leather and cut it out, Making sure to also mark the hole in the base of the roach.
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these aren't really my thing, but ain't that the point of spreaders, to spread the hair?
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these aren't really my thing, but ain't that the point of spreaders, to spread the hair?
Not really. A good roachmaker will tie the hair so it lays out and has a good bounce. No need for the spreader to have to damage the hair.
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if a roach spreader isnt used ... how do the head feathers/roach stay on?

most of the roach spreaders i've seen the feathers or rockers or plumes .. are attached to the spreader. and the strings or other method of attachment, are attached to the spreader, to attach it the head ... hmmm ... im confused LOL
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if a roach spreader isnt used ... how do the head feathers/roach stay on?

most of the roach spreaders i've seen the feathers or rockers or plumes .. are attached to the spreader. and the strings or other method of attachment, are attached to the spreader, to attach it the head ... hmmm ... im confused LOL
This is right chazziff. Not to spread the hair out.
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This is right chazziff. Not to spread the hair out.
oh i was confused there for a sec LOL ... and most of the roach spreaders i've seen dont even touch the hair of the roach either .... so im thinking the name roach spreader is like ... wrong LOL
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if a roach spreader isnt used ... how do the head feathers/roach stay on?

most of the roach spreaders i've seen the feathers or rockers or plumes .. are attached to the spreader. and the strings or other method of attachment, are attached to the spreader, to attach it the head ... hmmm ... im confused LOL
I am not sure why its called a roach spreader really...
Although I have seen the Crow spread there roaches straight out almost flatten it
Its to attach the sockets for your feathers

Old style you pull a scalp lock up through the center hole and you use a roach pin to attach it

I use two shoe strings that are round and attach to the top and base of the roach through my spreader which has the socket for the feather attached to it


This is a very simple roach spreader to make out of leather and coat hangers






This is imatation bone but this was how old style look like, notice the curve at the front not very big and does not spread the roach




This a fatter roach spreader that are more common to the North
this picture also shows the roach pin I was talking about where you make a scalp lock and then pin it use the pin
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Question about attaching a spreader to the roach base.

I just received an amazing new roach that I bought from Powwowbum49. In the past I've always made my own roach or someone in the family made it. When sewing the base together, I would leave gaps for the straps on my spreader to go through for a secure fit. I find that this way makes a roach solid as a rock and minimizes the chance that your feathers will go flying across the arena.

My problem is that my new roach only has one hole in the top/center. Any suggestions on how to attach a spreader to a base like that. I have short hair so a roach pin will never hold it. The base has an amazing pattern on it so I will not punch any holes in it. I haven't made the spreader yet so I could change the design to work with this type of roach I'm just at a loss for ideas.

Any suggestions on how to modify the spreader or roach would be appreciated.
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2 things;
First (and I really feel like i need diagrams for this one) you can run a shoelace, thong, elastic, whatever you use, through that center hole- you just have to twist it around the socket of your spreader (it goes up and through in half, forming a loop then you twist the loop around the socket and pull everything tight from the bottom- if you want pictures I might be able to give you some or someone else can explain better)
Second- on the back/bottom of your spreader put two holes next to each other )like a snakebite) you can run thong/elastic/shoelace through there and then between the weave on the roach base (might have to use a knitting needle or crochet hook the first time) this doesnt put a permanent hole there, and it is covered by your spreader anyways
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