#14 experiment whip – Project lizard tail

“Whip like object” project I’m doing lately … not an actual whip!

This practice is different, it is to fight my perfectionism trait and still fill my need to create.

Do note here - it's almost 2 years since I did any whips from scratch or even really whip like objects as far as I can recall - so these times will vary for me & get faster...especially if I can find all the tools
Part 2 will be out next Monday if things go smoothly as I'm prepping a job interview for rest of week

The rules I set:

  • anti-perfectionism
    • para cord core instead of leather
    • 4 strands / parts / cords for the cores, not 8, then 12, then 16 … etc
    • No going back to
      • trim
      • touch up dye
    • Note … the first day I did go back & rebraided after fixing the taper on core
  • track costs
    • track all time spent
      • shopping
        • online
        • in person
      • preparing
        • strands
          • cutting off the hide
          • trimming
          • greasing
          • dying
          • drying
      • materials
        • incidentals / starting costs
          • dye x 2 bottles @ $12 & $18
          • leather grease @ $9
          • leather conditioner/sealer combo @ $20
          • hide @ $55 + $10 shipping min order?
          • $5 for two disposable blades
          • ring @ $5
          • para cord roll for ~$35 + $12
          • $9 for a double pack of high density sponges
        • Actual usage of material varies …
          • hide
            • ~50% of hide used
            • ~20% of the hide is unusable weak edge stuff
            • ~$45-$50
          • 2 or 3 disposable blades ~$3
          • some wear and tear on scissors which i’ll have to take apart & sharpen / buff out some ~ 15 minutes time or my hourly times 25% …
          • para cord maybe 6% @ ~ $2.50
      • tools – not included in cost just for reference
        • 4 cutting tools ~ $140 + tax + 70 mile round trip
        • stack of disposable blades for $75
        • cutting mat for $20 + $5 shipping

Time tracking

  • 3 days calendar, 2 working – 3 hours before to get para cord core with two layers composed of 4 strand braided leather
    • first day of work
      • test out some dyes
        • prep ~ 3 min
        • painting leather ~2 min
        • cleanup ~ 10 min
      • cut para cord lengths & futz about some ~ trival maybe 2 minutes
      • braid para cord for funsies into part weave ~ 5 min
      • cut out strands & trim ~ 15 + 10 minutes or ~25
      • friction them down to test strength ~ 3 minutes
      • test braid the core to see how bad the gapping was on weave – pretty bad ~ 10 min
      • Strip down to core and adjust
      • quick leather treatment without unbraiding 1st core
        • applied leather grease to hydrate more
          • drying period
        • sponged some dye over
          • at this point there has to be a 2nd drying period
      • ~ 90 minutes
    • 2nd day of work –
      • setup time 10 min
      • cut new strands off hide & trimmed ~25 + 15 min (these are just 35-50% wider versions of the above, not going to 8 strand braid the 2nd belly)
      • dying strands 15 minutes + 10 minutes on cleanup
      • applied leather grease to strands ~ 5 minutes
      • ~10 minutes
    • 3rd day of work
      • setup time 15 min
      • leather greased the double braided core without unbraiding ~ 5 min
      • cutting 5 strands ~ 12′ long each … ~35 min + 20 min
      • tried individual greasing of each by hand as can’t find my old roller jig ~ 30 min
      • drying period
      • dying the 5 strands ~ 30 min + 15 min quick 2nd coat + 10 min cleanup
      • drying period
      • ~160 min
    • 4th day of work
      • friction the 5 strands & some minor pressure to stretch ~ 5 min
      • leather greased the 5 strands ~ 15 min quick job as already mostly smoothed out
    • 5th day of work
      • Did an hour+ of braiding
      • Here you can see me grouping all the strands (10 count) into 4 groups then pulling the standard 4 strand x pattern start in the front by bringing the back right under the back left & then around & over the front left till it’s parallel to the the front right strand.  After that we bring the back right around the right side and to the front, but under the front right & over the 2nd front right group.
      • At this point the braid is started and I break into a herringbone pattern.  This particular pattern is non-symmetrical under 2, over 3.  With the other side being under 3, over 2.

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