Many types of cordage may be braided into a length of rope, but a dog leash requires a handle and an attached collar clip. These elements may be weaved into a braided leash with the correct technique, resulting in a durable, safe design. Gather ingredients and measure your strands before beginning to braid. Braid the leash while weaving the collar clip in. Add a handle to your cordage by braiding and splicing a loop at the end, and enjoy walking your dog.
Creating a braided rope dog leash
Follow these instructions and we will create our own braided rope dog leash
Assemble your materials
This project will result in a dog leash of around 6 feet in length (1.8 m). With the same process and a greater or shorter beginning length of cordage, you may make shorter and longer leashes. The following materials should be accessible at your local hardware shop for this project:
- Clip for the collar
- Streamlined (or hot hobby knife)
- pliers, tweezers, or forceps (little pliers, robust tweezers, or forceps)
- Rubber bands, string, or tough tape (electrical, duct)
- Measurement tape (or ruler)
- Cordage measuring 38 feet (11.6 meters) (like nylon or paracord)
Cut the cordage into strands after measuring it
You can build a stronger leash than a single strand leash by weaving strands of cordage into a single braid. Cut your cordage into four equal lengths of 912 feet by measuring and cutting it (2.9 m).
Using a lighter or a hot hobby knife, fuse the strands’ ends together. Pass the ends of the cable into the flame of a lighter until they melt and fuse. The ends of your cordage loosen as you cut it, causing it to unravel. Unraveling may be avoided by fusing the ends of cut cables with a lighter or a hot hobby knife.
Align the strands and fasten them
Make sure the ends of all of your rope strands are even. Tie a basic knot with thread just before one end of the strands. Alternatively, a suitable rubber band or sturdy tape, such as duct or electrical tape, can be used to secure the end.
You may wish to tightly tape the tied end of your strands to a substantial item, such as a workbench, to keep them steady when weaving. You can skip knotting one end and instead tie strands to a substantial item, such as a table or desk, as long as they are evenly aligned.
Braiding the rope dog leash
Separate the strands and weave the one on the right to the one on the left
Sort the strands into the following categories: leftmost, middle-left, middle-right, and rightmost. Under the two middle strands and over the leftmost, pass the rightmost strand. Pass the new rightmost strand beneath the leftmost and over the middle two.
To keep braiding, repeat this action
Continue braiding in the same manner as the previous step. Alternate between slipping the outermost right strand under the middle two and over the leftmost, and over the middle two and under the leftmost. Continue until there are 7 inches (17.8 cm) of strands left.
Add the collar clip
Place the clip over the spot where the braiding changes to individual strands by sliding the strands through the metal loop of your collar clip. To surround the loop, fold the strand end up around the outside of the metal loop toward the braided part. String, strong tape, or rubber bands can be used to secure the strand end to the main braid right above the metal loop.
- The cordage will make a little loop around the collar clip’s metal loop. Make sure the cordage is tight so the collar clasp doesn’t come undone.
- Use a plastic collar clip instead of a metal one if you want. The plastic clip, on the other hand, will most certainly decay faster and will need to be replaced in the future.
Into the braided part, splice strands
Splicing is the process of joining two or more strands. With your pliers, forceps, or robust tweezers, release braided strands slightly as close to the collar clip as feasible. Slide the tool through the loosened braid’s gap. Pull a single thread through with your hands.
All of the free strands should be spliced into the main braid.
Splice the free strands together until they are about 3 in (7.6 cm) length. The weaving patterns of spliced strands should be alternated. Pulling a strand through will cause it to progress up the braided part, where it will be forced through another strand further up the braiding.
Match and splice the same colored strands for a consistent appearance if you’ve opted to use different colored strands to produce a more colorful leash.
In the now-spliced rope, cut and fuse any loose ends
To tighten the braid, pull on the loose ends. Remove the string or rubber bands that connect the now-spliced strand end to the main braid just above the collar clip’s metal loop. Cut the loose ends near to the braiding with your scissors.
To melt and fuse the ends together, pass the flame of a lighter or a hot hobby knife over them. Failure to do so may result in your braided leash unraveling or becoming frayed.
Adding the Handle
The non-clip end should be measured and taped
If required, remove your cordage from the substantial item it was tied to when braiding. From the rope’s non-clip end, measure 7 in (17.8 cm). Use thread and a basic knot, rubber bands, or strong tape to secure this spot.
Up to the fastening, unbraid the threads
Insert a tool, such as a tiny pair of pliers or a screwdriver, into the windings if the braid is difficult to loosen with your fingers. Work the tool back and forth until the braid loosens, or just rip apart the braided strands with the pliers.
Make a loop in the cordage
Measure 18 in (45.7 cm) of braided cordage starting at the fastener. Use string, rubber bands, or strong tape to secure this location in the same way you secured the last one. Align the two fasteners such that they are parallel to one another.
Into the braided rope, splice strands
From here, splice the loosened strands to the main braiding in the same manner as you did with the collar clip. After the second fastener, weave loose strands back and forth into the main braid.
Remove the screws and tighten the strands you’ve spliced
For numerous windings, splice the stands into the main braid. Remove the two cordage fasteners and toss them out or store them for later. To tighten the braiding, pull on the loose strands.
Splice some more, then cut and fuse the strands
Splice your free strands into the main braid until it’s about 3 in (7.6 cm) long, or until braiding gets difficult because of the shortness. With your scissors, cut the loose ends free. Use your lighter or a hot hobby knife to fuse the ends together. Take your dog for a walk with your new leash.
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