:: Taking Care of Your Rope

Once you’ve purchased your rope, you need to take care of it. Twisted rope will come untwisted if not cared for, so the process to prevent that is called whipping. There are several ways to do this, but here is the easiest way:

If you have a synthetic rope, you can fuse the end of the rope by burning it slightly; however, it won’t carry the same aesthetics as whipping. Same holds true for just using tape. Once you have the ends of your rope whipped, you want to store your rope in such a way that it’s not just a big mess, so you’ll need to coil it. The first video shows a good trick to allow you to uncoil your rope easily and the second one shows the standard way to coil and an easy way to secure it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-sO62Gvqp4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2ChlCns4AU If your rope is used for suspension extra care will be needed – for example, don’t step on your rope and keep anything away from it that might degrade the strength, etc.

2 thoughts on “:: Taking Care of Your Rope

  1. Great follow-on post ED… I wash my ropes often- actually, as often as they need it after a juicy session. Rope ends are tough to maintain, especially cotton and especially if they are washed.

    Best practice is to knot the ends into micro braids with sewn or stitched ends. The easiest way to do this is to start 3 or 4 inches from the end, then go up and down with a sewing machine, rotating it a couple of times (with the needle stopped of course). You could do the same with silk and synthetic rope but it’s much easier to burnish the ends.

    Another trick is to get plastic heat shrink. Cut off about an inch. Make a clean cut on the end of your rope. Slide the shrink wrap over the end and past it a couple of inches. Get you favorite super glue and apply a generous amount to the end of the rope. Holding the rope so it points up (without touching the freshly super glued ends) slide the heat shrink back up until about an 1/8 of an inch is past the end of the rope. Then, in a well ventilated area, apply heat from a hair dryer until the heat shrink is snugly secure around your rope.

    To wash it, knot the ends of the rope together in a simple granny knot and place inside of netted lingerie bag. Wash on gentle cycle with your favorite detergent. Dry on medium heat. Remove, coil and set up for your next Shibari adventure. Don’t forget to take good care of your scissors! šŸ˜‰

    -Love Passionately-

    -Tom Wolf

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