This morning I made a mini bullwhip. Here’s how I did it:
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!
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.