So we started simply including our bendies with all our bendie wings and flags, and using what we call “reinforced” bendies (which are another rod inserted in the hollow center of our bendies to reinforce them). We use the reinforced bendies on our larger heavier weight flags and wings (like our XL flag and large wing).
Since we share DIY tricks because so many ministries have come to our blog looking for direction, we wanted to be sure to tell you what we were using. Our “bendies” are the 1/4″ acrylic tubes from TAP Plastics. We encase them in a ribbon-reinforced area so that’s where you grip (which helps to preserve your silk). If you want to “soften” the ends, I show how on my capped rods post.
And for those of you who need something a little more solid to grab on to, we suggest you try the capped rod from our spin wings because the rod on those is thicker and thus easier to grip. It is 3/8″ as compared to the bendie’s 1/4″. See the image below for a comparison of the thicknesses.
Hope that helps, but as always, if you have question…let us know!
NOTE: As of December 2017 we’ve actually changed and refined our bendie design and aren’t using the acrylic rods in them anymore. Since other ministries we know and respect use similar designs and haven’t felt led to share DIY info on them, we’re respected that by doing the same with our final bendie design. That said, the links above provide lots of great and usable DIY ideas, so we still hope you find them helpful!