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These easy to make colorful rope toys are great for any size dog. Just scale up or down the diameter of the rope to fit your dog, 1/4" for small dogs ...
Start with two equal lengths of rope, I recommend no shorter than 5' each length. Find the middle of each length by folding the rope in half and linin...
After locating the middle of each rope, cross each rope at right angle to other rope.
Then use a small zip tie to secure to the two lengths together at the centers.
Lay crossed ropes over fisted hand with thumb extended.
Loop first rope around thumb and over second rope, using thumb to hold first rope in place (see image)
Loop second rope over first rope and go over rope three, using thumb to hold in place.
Loop third rope over second rope and go over forth rope, use thumb to hold third rope in place.
Loop fourth rope over third rope and then insert fourth rope into loop created by first rope.
Tighten each rope by pulling the tail of each rope.
Pull all ropes tight until a small four section knot is created.
Trim off zip tie tail, and place knot with zip tie side facing up.
Repeat steps 5-9. Loop first rope around thumb and over second rope.
Repeat steps 5-9. Loop second rope over first rope and over third rope holding in place with thumb.
Repeat steps 5-9. Loop third rope over second rope and over fourth rope holding in place with thumb.
Repeat steps 5-9. Loop fourth rope over third rope and feed tail of fourth rope into loop created by first rope.
Continue to tighten up all ropes pulling together to form a four section tight knot.
Tightened knot shown here from above and side view.
5. Loop first rope around thumb & across the top of the second rope . 6. Loop second rope around first rope & across the top of the third rope . ...
Repeat steps 5 thru 9 until only short lengths of rope remain
Insert hemostats or needle nose pliers into knot grabbing one rope tail and pulling it threw knot.
Continue pulling rope tails threw knot.
Trim back all rope tails
Push back outside braided cover & to expose central core and trim away to reveal leaving only the outer nylon cover
Melt the exposed nylon rope and push back with side of lighter
Finished Dog Toy. From two 5' lengths of rope the finished toy will be 6" - 7".
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Posted:Apr 7, 2010
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