Knife or scissors
The materials you need are:
Some Mason string
1 foot of 1/2 PVC tubing
1 1/2" PVC coupling
10 feet of 3/16" braided nylon rope
10 feet of 3/8 twisted nylon rope
8 feet of ball chain (the stuff on sink/bath drain plugs and lamp pull-chains)
1 roll of electrical tape
1 roll of athletic tape. I'm using hockey tape in this instructible, but that's because I'm Canadian.
Step 1: Cut List
3/8 twisted rope: 1x54" 1x40" 1x18"
Ball chain: 1x60" 1x24" 1x12"
You can connect pieces of ball chain together to make the lengths needed since the whole apparatus will be taped up later on.
Tip: pros tape rope on either side of where they cut before they cut, ensuring the rope stays together.
Step 2: Taping Loose Ends
Tape the 3/16 braided rope to the 3/8 twisted rope, leaving a couple of feet sticking out.
Fasten in the ball chain. Tape in one piece at a time, and wrap around the whole thing a couple times afterwards.
Step 3: Handle
Using the athletic tape, cover the open end of the PVC with two strips. From there, you can tape in a grip on the handle by anchoring the athletic tape (wrapping around once) and then twisting it to make the grip. From there, start at the bottom end of the handle and wrap around, overlapping each consecutive wrap by half the width of the tape.
Step 4: Cutting a Better Taper
Step 5: Taping the Thing
Step 6: The Cracker
It's optional to do what Adam does in the video for making the cracker. Instead of melting the end of the 3/16 rope, I just tied the cracker and the rope together in an overhand knot.