Joining paper rush using hog ring pliers

Well, this topic is one that I thought I’d already covered here on the Weavin’ Wicker Woman blog, but I can’t find one single post on it, so here goes…

paper rush coil

One pound coil of paper rush used in weaving paper fibre rush chair seats

Back in 2010 at the 3rd Annual Gathering of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.® at Tillers International in Scotts, Michigan, one of our members, Jan Stansell from Georgia, introduced a time saving tool she uses when weaving a paper fibre rush chair seat.

paper rush hog ring pliers

Hog ring pliers and clips for joining paper rush strands

Until seeing and trying this method, I had always unraveled the end of the old strand, applied some carpenter’s yellow glue to it and then placed the end of the new strand in the old and rewrapped the two strands together.

paper rush join gluing

Then I would hold the splice until the glue dried, using a snap clothespin. I was careful to do all this splicing inside the gussets or pockets created on either the front, back or side rails, so they would be hidden by the weaving and never exposed to view.

paper rush join glue

Now instead I use this quick and dirty way of joining paper rush using hog ring pliers, saving me a bunch of time and messing with the glue!

joining rush hog ring pliers

Measure so the join will be inside a gusset or pocket, then take out the little metal clip, put it in the pliers around the two end pieces of the rush splice, and pinch!

paper rush join clip

Only takes about a second and there’s NO MESS at all. Boom, you’re done! Slip the join inside the gusset and go on with the weaving!

2 hog ring plier rush joins

Thank you, thank you, thank you Jan Stansell and the members of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.®! We always learn so much at the Gatherings, especially during the Tools, Hints, Tips and Sharing workshop/seminar.

Won’t you join us this July 25-27, 2014 in Massachusetts at the Old Sturbridge Village for TSWG 7th Annual Gathering and meeting of the corporation? We’ll save a seat just for you!™.

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  1. Thanks for the hog ring blog. Remember reading this on the forum but it’s great to see the pics.

    I have been trying to find the appropriate hog rings here in England. Have the crimpers but the only rings that I can find locally are too big – too long and too wide.

    Please would you let me know what size the rings are that you use. Pic of the packet front would be great. Then I might be able to find the right thing on the net.

    Many thanks.

    • Sorry Sue, but I don’t have the package the rings came in any more and not even sure where I got them. Will do some investigation though and see what I can come up with for you.

      Have you gone online to check and see if you can find an English supplier with the right size rings for your pliers or crimper? And didn’t the supplier you originally bought the pliers/crimper from have the rings? You could also check with your local farm supply stores, I bet they’d know where you can purchase the rings.

  2. I’ve seen these types of chair seats before but had no idea that it actually had a name. Silly me… of course they do… a paper fibre rush chair seat! Very cool demonstration. Now I can feel all smart when I run into one of these chairs during my travels! LOL!

  3. ABQLaurie says:

    You must be reading my mind!

    When I opened my mail just now and saw your “joining rush with hog ties” posting, I had to write! I just finished the first of the cathedral chairs and was checking the joins of the paper rush. I have been using rabbit cage clips which seem similar but I like the slimmer dimension of the hog ties, which I’d forgotten about until seeing your blog post.

    Thank you for posting what I needed to read when I needed to read it! :-)

  4. jean steele says:

    What’s wrong with tying the two pieces together as is shown in a demo on this site? It looked very easy and isn’t messy.

    • Hi Jean,

      Thanks so much for leaving a comment here on the blog, but I think you may have me and my site confused with someone else.

      I have NEVER tied together the strands of paper fibre rush together when making a splice. The reason is that the knot created is large and takes up too much space and looks amateurish in my opinion.

      It’s so much nicer looking and all the strands lay neatly together when you use either glue to connect the strands or use the hog ring pliers to attach the ends in a splice.

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