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Thoughts – January 12, 2017

I am finalizing the first eBook based on my blog. It will cover what I like to call “The Early Years”, when my blog was still hosted by WordPress.com.

This document, about 420 pages A4, will be printed too. There will be only one book. For us, for Princess and I.
The paper version of my blog will stay longer available than its digital counterpart on the Net.

Later on I will create an eBook from this blog too. And print it as a genuine book for Princess and me.

Front page for eBook

The eBooks will be made available for free.

Yet the paper book will be made available too, on special request and it will be signed by both Princess and me. Just send me a message if you are interested.

These past few days I have been treating almost 80 meters of rope. Both 4 millimeter and 6 millimeter. Boiling, drying and much more has made that my apartment reeks like a stable.

4 pieces of 8 meters rope drying in my living room.

This evening I am burning incense in order to get rid of the smell. Little A. will be staying at my place for the weekend and I don’t feel much for explaining why I need the rope.

I have jute and hemp that I bought online from professional riggers. The 6 mm hemp I made feels just as good in my hands. Well, maybe even better as I put all my love in it.

Can’t wait to tie Princess up but she needs to get better before I wrap it around her.

From left to right:
Hemp by DasFalke, Jute by Ligatio and Help by me.

 

Preparing my own rope

Disclaimer
What follows is build on my experience based on stuff I read on the Internet and experimenting with that knowledge. There are a zillion manuals, how-to’s and other stuff to be found in books and the WWW. I do not pretend this to be the absolute manual, it is just an account of how I am doing it my way.

I own quite some rope for bondage. Until recently I bought it.

Jute rope, 6mm, was what we used in the beginning. I bought it from the rigger whom gave us our first and second workshop.

Later I acquired 4 sets of 6mm x 8m hemp from an Australian born Shibari bondage artist and teacher, now based in Berlin, Germany. Expensive but gorgeous rope. It is very bristly compared to the jute. I love this rope and it is what I prefer to use on Princess. The jute I use when there is suspension involved.

First boil

We are getting acquainted with more people so I’m sure I’ll be doing some rope bondage on somebody else. I already did in fact, tying The Stranger up with a box-tie so we, well mostly Princess, could play with his whatchamacallit.

Obviously hygiene is very important so I got thinking… using our hemp rope, washing it after I used it on somebody else. It would decrease the rope quality quite rapidly.

Yet I want to use good material on those whom trust me/us.

I get your basic 6mm hemp rope from a company in the Netherlands. It is cheap, about 0,90 Euro/meter but it comes untreated.

After the first boil

So when I receive it I cut it up in the lengths I need and secure the ends with a simple overhand knot.

I am now describing on how I worked on a batch of 4mm hemp. I bought it mainly for decorative bondage. Princess is petite so 4mm rope on her hands, arms and feet is ideal. It is not okay at all to use it for full suspension. Mainly because it cuts in the skin easier than thicker rope.

I boiled the rope for 45’ minutes and then changed water and boiled the rope for another 45’. I have no idea what happened to the rope in the factory and I don’t want any dirt get into abrasive wounds.

Left the residue after the first boil and right the second boil

Then I dry the rope. I have a few attachment points in my living room for bondage purposes so why not use them?

I attach a weight to the end and for that I used a bucket filled with about 7 liters of water. The idea is to dry the rope and keep it at its length. This is an issue you’ll have even more with jute.

The final dry I do in my oven, an hour at 70°

After that I fire up my Campingaz unit and move the rope through the flames while turning it. I go back and forth a few times making sure the splinters are gone.

Finally I oil the rope with 100% Tsubaki Oil. Bee wax would also be a good idea.

What you end up with is some fine rope that feels great in your hand and feels even greater on the skin of your model. You have made your own tools with love and patience. And not only is it less expensive than what you can buy online, you know the rope you’ll be using already.

You gave birth to your rope with your own hands.

Left the treated rope, right the untreated rope. What I can’t show you is how the rope feels after being treated.

Thoughts – January 4, 2017

The new year is still very pristine. I have not much to write about either.
Princess still suffers from the muscle inflammation in her hip.
Walking is near to impossible, standing is not that good either.

Obviously impact play is not possible so we try to explore and deepen other stuff. Nipple and breast torture, biting her shoulder blades, some choking. We make love, rough and intense but when Princess gets out of bed the pain is back.
I’m thinking maybe rope bondage, you know, the upper limbs, breasts, torso may be an alternative. Princess can sit on a bar stool or so.

For me rope is like photography. I have kind of love-hate relationship with it.
For weeks, months even, I can act as if it does not exist and then something activates the fascination again.

Also I would love to make more BDSM-like photographs of Princess. So maybe this is the moment to do so. Indeed, I would love to use more of my work and “steal” less from the Net in order to illustrate my posts.

Yesterday I ordered 50 meters (+/- 54 yards) of 6 mm untreated hemp. First I need some shorter rope to tie wrists or ankles. Then there is the probability I’ll be doing some rope bondage on other people. Like The Stranger for example. I prefer not to use our personal rope so I’ll be making a few 8 meter lengths to be used only on others.

It is untreated hemp and costs about 0,58 €/meter. I’ll be cutting the rope in the lengths I want and tie overhand knots at each end to keep the rope from fraying. I will boil the rope for about an hour to clean it.

After the boiling process I need to dry the rope. When it is completely dry I’ll run the rope to the flame of a Campingaz unit and rotate or twist it while doing so. This will singe splinters or rough spots off the rope. A candle is not a good idea as you’ll get soot on your rope.

After oiling the rope it is ready for use. Well, maybe I’ll dye a few lengths.

I know this is a tedious and long process and I could buy rope that is already treated. Not only is DIY cheaper, I feel I build a connection with my rope. I love to know I made my own tools.

Also I ordered a head mask online. It is something I know Princess will like very much.

I’ll be documenting the rope stuff on my blog. Hope I’ll get the rope before the weekend.  No kids this weekend so I can really enjoy preparing some lengths.

My Campingaz burner I used for a previous “prepare your own rope” experiment.