I am going to show you how to make what I call a "ungarsk vandmand" its danish and directly translates into hungarian jellyfish - even though I seriously doubt that's what it is actually called (if it exists in the English language)
So I am aware that it'll probably be Danish folks reading this post! However - I am still going to write it in English - just in case)
So let's get started!
You're going to need:
- Lots of rope (both 8mm and 6mm)
- Jigsaw (I think you can do it without but it'll be really difficult)
- Ruler and pen
You dont have to use following, but you can!
- needle and string
- colors (three different kinds)
- Round stick
Alright let's get down to business (like in Mulan!)
Step 1: Make the Wooden Handle Thing!
Alright this I´ll try and explain, but to be honest I didn't do this step myself - my stepdad did! But I´ll try and explain it anyway!
You gotta make it look like the picture above (just the wooden part for now) and I was told that it is a really good idea to use a jigsaw!
The dimensions are as following:
The stick in the middle is 38,5 cm.
The diameter is: 46,5cm
There has to be 12 holes and their diameter is 0,5 cm.
The holes has to be approximately 10 cm apart, but really it doesn't mean that much in the end - just as long as they're kinda the same distance from each other.
The thickness of my plywood is 1,5 cm, but that doesn't matter that much as well - as long as it isn't fragile.
Step 2: Measure Measure Measure
Alright! If you hadn't guessed it, then it is time to measure the rope!
Right now you only need the thin rope (6mm). You need to make 12 robes - each of them has to be 76 cm long + 30 cm! So each rope has to be 106 cm!
Don´t measure each robe with a ruler. Measure the first one with the ruler and then measure the rest by comparing/measuring with that robe!
BUT only compare the 11 other robes to the first one you made - otherwise you'll probably end of with 12 robes with waaay different lengths..
Step 3: Stick It in the Hole!
Yes - you've seen this picture before - and yes I said it, so stop giggling like i 5 year old!
Basically you have to stick the ropes through the holes. That's all for this step.
If the robe won't go though the holes then try and burn the ends with a lighter - that sometimes helps.
Step 4: Make a Loop!
Now this is a little tricky to explain..
You have to make a loop out of the ends of your rope (the end that didn't go though the hole). You have to make it so your loop is only around 13 cm long. If you make it a little longer or shorter - don't panic! We can correct it in the end!
Step 5: Splicing
Alright - now you have to do something called splicing!
I really cannot explain to you how to do it - you just have to ask around if you know something who can do it or watch some YouTube videos (or maybe someone else made an Instructables about it?)
If I try to explain it you'll only get more confused - trust me XD
However I can tell you that it helped me a lot to color the ends of my robe and a bit further up the rope as you can see on the picture!
When I had the 12 splicings I tied them up with some red string - just in case (and it looks pretty!)
Step 6: Almost There!
Right! You're over the hardest part!
Lay the ungarske vandmand out so that the robes are equally spread from each other. Make sure that all the robes have the same lengths (it´s alright if they vary with 1-1.5 cm but it shouldn't be more than that). Tie knots at the top (where the holes are) and make sure that the robes still have the same lengths!
Time to use the thick robe (8mm)
Put the thick robe though the loops and lay them out again so the loops are equally spread again!
Sew (or make knots) the thick robe and the loops together.
Make a splicing where the thick robe meet itself (that's the last splicing - I swear!)
The last thing you have to do is to grind the wood handle (because it'll hurt if you don't do that. If you chose to use a round stick, then of course this step does not matter)
And voila! Look at you go! You just made a ungarsk vandmand (sounds better than hungarian jellyfish doesn't it?) - now you just have to learn to use it and I'm sure that YouTube can tell you how to do that to!
Basically you "just" have to spin it over your head and move your hands in a certain way - give it a try!
Please ask me in the comments if you have any thoughts or questions - I´ll try my best to answer them XD