Miniature Bullwhip

Miniature Bullwhip

Today I made a miniature bullwhip…basically it’s a bullwhip that’s 1/8 the size of full size one.  I’ve never really done a mini bullwhip aside from the odd bullwhip key chain, but the key chains weren’t made like whips (basically a tapered filler with the overlay on top of that).

I’ve wanted to make a miniature bullwhip ever since the first time I visited Joe Strain and saw one that he had made.  Recently he posted pictures of a 1:4 scale bullwhip that he made and it’s amazing!

I figure’d it was time for me to try one, and I’ve learned a lot by making it, so if I ever try again, it will be much better.  My miniature bullwhip is an 8 plait bullwhip one a core and one plaited belly.

Below are some pictures of making this miniature bullwhip (you can click on the pictures to view the larger versions of them):

One thing I’d do if I ever made one of these again is to use a thinner nail.  That way I could have a second bolster over the plaited belly.  I’d also make the wrist loop longer.   After splitting every strand down I was worried about breaking strands while I braided…but I didn’t pull as tight as I normally would on a full size bullwhip, so I didn’t have any broken strands.

This was a fun project to do and maybe in the future I’ll make another one…maybe in 12 plait!  For now I’m going to put a hook on the wrist loop and hang it on my Christmas tree.

Louie
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