Step 3: Three Rope Strands

Separate the length of rope into its three strands.  

Note: Each length of rope will produce enough material for three rings. (one from each strand)

Be careful to unwind the three strands gently. The goal is to preserve the twist of each strand.  
To maintain the tight twist of each strand's individual fibers; allow the strand to twirl while unwinding it from the original rope.  
Do not grab a strand and pull it like shucking corn;  the fibers will seperate.  Each strand needs to be unwound from the main rope rather than pulled apart.

<p>Great Idea, if kids still bored can use spare rope to tie them up (out of earshot)</p>
Ferrets love them<br>
<p>They also make good handles on a blanket chest or wooden crate</p>
Thank you, I&acute;m so using this with my troop, very easy to understand and clear photos.
Nice Instructable--good and helpful photographs. Will try making a rope ring this way to see if it is better than just splicing the intact rope together at the ends. Since the ends of the three pieces have to be tucked in, sort of like in a splice, would there be any difference in appearance and uniformity of rope diameter?
This is brilliant! I'll definitely be using this in the future when valentines' day comes along. :P
Um, just discovered that a tiny version of this makes an irresistible cat toy. Thanks for the great post!
I've been doing the same thing for our cat. <br>I use the paper covers from straws and twist it (like making twine, another instructable)
Great instructable, I do egg art and a customer wanted a rope stand. With your instructions I was able to complete this project. Thank you for posting this!
I've been making neckerchief slides for cub scouts out of these. They work great.
Thanks so much for this Instructable. I've been sick at home for a couple of weeks and have been making these as a way to keep my mind off the sinkness and the side effects from the medicine. This has really been a great diversion. Cheers!
If you can't use a razor blade to hide the cuts, then maybe consider using some electrical tape, duct tape, shrink tape, or perhaps some jeweler's wire?
Thanks for the wonderful instructable. I love the wide variety of uses you've put the humble rope grommet to! Thanks for sharing.
Oh, that's really clever. I'll have to try that out this weekend; I've always used the loop in a double-fisherman's knot, or maybe a miller's knot to hold onto my water bottles, but this is slick!
Natural fiber ropes are a great choice for this; as noted in step 4 you really want the rope to have a fair bit of &quot;memory&quot; to guide you relaying the strands. Monofilament polypropylene has a lot of memory, but it's also the devil (my snobbery only comes out in camping equipment, really).<br><br>In my experience nylon ropes have very low memory and you're more likely to end up with a mess of loose strands than a reasonable grommet unless you take immense care, so natural fiber really is the way to go. I personally like manila the best.
Can you post pictures on where you put the ends of the rope? I can't find where to tuck it, I try, and then it always ends up looking weird.
One of the techniques that I use when dealing with permanent loops in twist rope it to taper the ends back into the rope. This is done by tucking the ends back into the rope once, then trim about half the fibers out of the end and tuck again. do this until you hit the point of no return and then clip the rest off. All of this can be followed up with the trip through the fire as noted above.
Very clever! I think I have some natural rope in the shop and look forward to giving this a try in about... oh... now.
Great, very neat. Thanks
Going to have some fun with this! Thank you!
I recall seeing something like this when I was in the Navy. Good instructable!
Mee too. It was how we made Grommets to put in canvas.<br> <br>
Play quoits! <br>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quoits <br>8&gt;) <br>
Very interesting. Thanks!
Amazing instructable.
Very interesting, thanks for sharing it.
I love this kind of stuff. Thanks for posting this!
Great I'ble well done... May get my scouts to have a go at this one

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