This morning I made a mini bullwhip. Here’s how I did it:
Handle and core
And here’s the finished bullwhip on a playing card:
This bullwhip was a lot of fun to make and an interesting way to use up my scrap. The last mini bullwhip that I made was over a year ago and I made it as a Christmas tree ornament. That one was only 8 plait .
This mini bullwhip’s construction is a core, 4 plait belly, two bolsters, 12 plait overlay. The knots are 5 X 4 turks heads, but the heel knot is only two passes and the transition knot is only one pass. If this was a screen accurate mini bullwhip those would have one more pass each, and the wrist loop in only 4 plait instead of six. The fall is whitehide and in a little bit I’ll make a little cracker for it and try to crack it.
In the post about this about the mini bullwhip, did you notice anything funny about the picture? The playing card the bullwhip is sitting on is a large playing card that is about 6 X 9 inches. I was having a bit of fun with proportion!
Here’s the bullwhip on my hand:
I was going to try to find all the oversized items (like a giant toothbrush, or comb) at my local joke store and take pictures of this bullwhip next to them. However I didn’t get around to finding things like that.
I guess the moral is don’t believe everything you see on the internet!
Here’s the first finished bullwhip (of the three I’m making for myself):
On thing that was fun for me when making this bullwhip was the heel knot.
This knot is a two pass 7 X 6 knot with a black interweave. I’ve always wanted to do a knot like this, but until now I’ve only done it as a one pass 7 X 6 with interweave. From a distance you really can’t tell the difference between a one and two pass with the inteweave, but close up you can see the two white strands (passes) between the black strands.