I was going to take a break from experimenting with making nylon bull whips after I finish the roll of red that I bought a couple of weeks ago…then I get a 10% off coupon code in an email from UBraidIt and I’m thinking I might make a couple more.
FYI the coupon code is: JUNE14
One of the bigger differences for me between making leather and nylon is the nylon is really rough on my hands. I can’t braid for extended periods of time like I can with leather. It’s been years since I’ve gotten blisters on my hands from plaiting, however thanks to the paracord I’ve gotten them again.
Another thing is my elbows have gotten sore. I don’t know if I’m pulling differently than with leather or maybe it’s the resistance with the nylon being different, but I’m hoping it temporary.
Yesterday my roll of paracord showed up and I cut up a bunch and decided it was time to preshrink it. I added in some extra length to compensate for the shrinkage when I cut it and then I soaked it in hot water:
Once it soaked for a bit a I took it out and dried it in the sun:
From what I’ve read on my paracord supplier’s website that’s how you shrink the paracord. If I’m doing it wrong, feel free to let me know in the comments.
I also made the interior of the bullwhip out of vinyl and now the overlay is ready to be put onto the whip. Hopefully I’ll get some work in on that today.