Chinese Rope Art


Double stranded rope - basic forum - example 2.

This series is very similar to the double stranded rope - basic form - example 1 tutorial,
but it demonstrates another method of tying the wrists with a knotted cinch.

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Start by folding a length of rope in half then find the middle of this now double stranded rope.  Place the center of the rope at the back of the neck with the running ends going over the front of each shoulder.

Note: When the tie is complete, a fair amount of pressure can exerted on the rope passing under the arm pit.  You may want to leave some slack in the rope running around the front shoulder and at the back of the neck in order to avoid discomfort later on.

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Wrap the rope in a spiral around one arm, running the rope between the body and arm from the front, around the back of the arm and around to the front again.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The comfort level of the tie is greatly influenced by how tight the arm wrapping are pulled.  Wrap the spirals more loosely to increase comfort. 

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You will end up with both running ends going around the inside of each wrist and pointed toward the ground.  One will be between the two wrists, the other on the outside of both. 

Note: this example uses two spiral above the elbow and two below.  The double stranded rope - basic form - example 1 tutorial shows three spiral above and below the elbow.  The number of spirals is a matter of choice.  Most often you will see 3 spirals on the upper arm (above the elbow) and 2 below the elbow.  However, 3 and 3 or 2 and 2 are also seen frequently on Chinese bondage sites.

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Take the rope going around the front wrist and continue wrapping it in the same direction, going around the back wrist and up between the body and back wrist.

Take the rope going around the back wrist and wrap it under and around the front of the front wrist.  Note this reverses the direction the ropes were originally traveling around the wrist.

The two double strands of rope are now wrapping in opposite direction.

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Continue wrapping each double strand in opposite directions around to the bottom center of the wrists and cross them.  After crossing, pull each double strand up between the wrists on opposite sides.
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Finish the wrist cinching by tying either an overhand knot or a full square knot.  In terms of functionality, a simple overhand knot is probably sufficient.
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Pull both double strands up and behind the neck rope and then back down between the wrists on opposite sides.
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Wrap both double strands up the stem rope keeping the stands flat and neat..
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Pass one of the double strands through the loop at the top of the vertical stem to get the ropes running in opposite directions so you can tie off the ropes.

Greater detail on how to do this is shown in the double stranded rope - basic form - example 1 tutorial. 

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 Finish by tying a square knot.
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The finished tie.

Note: the ends were a bit long so they were cut to make the finish more visually appealing :-)

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 The finished tie - wider view.

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