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Rope End Finishing
by MorTis

There is several ways to finish the ends of your rope. I prefer 2 ways, Melting and Whipping, depending on the type of rope you finishing the ends of. There are also other things you can do, like using tool dip on the ends, or buy end caps. But I think melting and whipping are the 2 best forms of finishing rope.

Whipping

You can whip any kind of rope, you can use string, twine, thread or waxed thread to do a whippings. I use this method to whip my hemp and jute rope.

Step 1: Take about 10 inches of thread and make a bight. Make Fold 4 inches in from one end of the tread and place it about 1 inch in from the end of the rope..

Step 2: Take the long end, near the end of the tail of rope, fold it over the other stand of tread and wrap it around the rope.

Step 3: Keep wrapping around as tight and possible till you get to the bight (about the same distance as the diameter of the rope).

Step 4: Pull the long end of the string through the bight tightly.

Step 5: Pull the short end up the whipping to pull the bight under the center of the whipping.

Step 6: You can cut off the ends, but what I like to do is take then ends of the tread, and use a sewing needle to sew the tread through the whipping and rope as many times as you can. Then cut off the ends when you are finished.

Melting for MFP
For MFP I like to melt the ends, and if done right, it comes out really nice.

Cut : Shows what happens if you just cut braided rope, it will fray and start unrevealing

Burnt: If you burn the end of MFP, it will melt and bubble, making a mushroom shape that can end up sharp, which is very bad for bondage and can even possible cut.

Pre-burn Cut: If you pre - burn the rope before you cut it, it will keep the ends of the rope from fraying and coming apart before you can finish it.

Burn and Shaped: now if you pre burnt the cut, and melt the end while it still hot and "wet" you can shape it. To do this...

What you need to do a Shaped burn:

Rope: MFP Rope only
Flame source: A candle, but it is best to use something that does not give of a carbon. A lighter or gas torch or stove polite will also work. But remember, MFP only need about 350 degree to melt it, and it only takes about 5 seconds to melt MFP with a candle, others should melt it faster then that.
Protection: Gloves, glasses, etc. Protect your hands by wearing gloves, and be prepared for hot plastic to drip off your rope if it gets too hot!
Shaping Material: Paper or cardboard anything you can fold to help shape the melted rope.

Step 1: Heat the end up with a the MFP rope with a flame fill it starts to turn to liquid plastic.

Step 2: Take a piece of cardboard your paper, fold it over to help you shape the end of your rope.

Step 3: Hold the rope in you off hand, and the folded paper in your good hand, and press and wrap it around the rope as tight as you can and pull and twist off the end. You should have a bullet shaped smooth plastic end at this point.

Step 4: If not, Repeat step 1 to 3 as needed.

 


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