Chinese Rope Art


Single stranded rope - basic form - example 2.

This series is similar to the single stranded rope - basic form - example 1 tutorial, but it demonstrates using an overhand knot at the back of the neck and an alternate method of tying the wrists that includes an initial cinching of the wrists.

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Start by making a simple overhand knot with a loop in middle of the rope.  The loop does not need to be large.



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Place the knot at the back of the neck with the two running ends going over separate shoulders. 
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Overhand knot at the back of the neck, rope running around the front shoulder and through the arm pit.

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 spirals around each 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 wrappings are pulled.  Wrap the spirals more loosely to increase comfort.

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Close up view of the spiral wrappings.

Note: this example shows 3 spiral wrappings above the elbow and 2 below.  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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In example 1 of the single strand - basic form tutorials, the individual arm wrappings ended with the running end of each rope pointed toward the floor.  In this example, we continue with an extra half wrap of each wrist so that the ropes are pointing upward.  Either method can be used as the difference is slight (this method results in 3 full strands running across the top of the wrists and 4 below while the method shown in example 1 results in 4 full strands around the top of the wrists and 3 below).
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Grab both running ends and wrap them around the wrists.
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Run the ends under both wrists, come up between the back and rear wrist, and then around the top of both wrists and down in front of the front wrist again.  You will end up with 3 full strands across the top of both wrists.
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After coming around the front wrist the second time, pass the ropes up between the wrists and cinch them by wrapping the rope in a full circle between the wrists.
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After creating the cinch, run the rope up and through the overhand loop at the back of the neck and then back down between the wrists.
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Wrap the rope between and under the wrists, essentially creating a second cinch, and then start wrapping the vertical stem ropes.

Note that this cinching method is far bulkier than that shown in example 1.  Some of this bulkiness can been removed by eliminating this second cinch.  Instead of running the rope through the wrists when coming back down from the neck rope as shown in image 10, pass the rope around the front wrist, down and under both wrists, and the up between the back and rear wrists.  Then do the wrapping of vertical stem ropes. 

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Continue wrapping up the stem, keeping your ropes flat and neat.
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At the top, pass one rope thorough the loop and run the other behind.  This will allow you to run the two ends in opposite direction so you can tie a knot.  See example 1, images 9 & 10 for more detail on how to do this.
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Tying the knot.
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The finished tie.

Note: The rope ends were trimmed and tucked to make the finished tie more appealing (yes, we cheated!).


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