On Dec 30, 2006, at 6:10 AM, Naresha wrote:
> Okay... A question for all you prop makers!
> I made a whip for someone as a birthday present a while back, but
> due to time constraints I eventually bought one for them and
> finished mine up later on. However, whilst I made the whip itself
> quite easily, I suddenly realised that I had no way to attach it to
> a handle or anything! It's a cat-o-nine tails, made out of leather
> plaits and I'd really love to finish it as I'm quite pleased with
> it, but it needs a handle.
There are a few BDSM do-it-yourself books on the market, like "The
Better Built Bondage Book," that include instructions on how to build
whips; some are better than others.
I've got a few friends who make and sell various styles of whips.
Jeanette Heartwood <http://www.heartwoodwhips.com/info.htm
> is one of
the best in the business. Her website has plenty of pictures you can
draw inspiration from. On your side of the world, Janet "Metz" Hayes
is probably the best whip maker around, but her website has disappeared.
Am I guessing correctly that you've got 9 separate plaits knotted at
the tips and you need to find a handle and figure out how to attach
them? Or do you have a band with 9 knotted plaits hanging from it?
If you want something that feels and looks "natural" the handle
should be a bit fat. I wouldn't use anything thinner than 2cm
diameter dowel rod for a handle. For myself I'd go with 3cm (I've got
big hands). The goal is to have something that doesn't make your fist
bunch up around the handle.
With a fat handle like that, you can just tack the plaits or the band
around the outside edge of the top of the rod. Upholstery tacks are
great for this kind of thing, they're not very long and they've got
large heads. Tacks and glue (something flexible like E-6000) together
are even better. Glue is a very valuable tool in leatherworking, and
isn't at all a cheat.
andy trembley, Bitchy Design Queen - http://www.bovil.com/
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