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Topic: The "Making of" Gallery - Jessie Edwards

In this thread, Jessie will post her making of pictures. The finished whip will be presented in the Makers and Masters Gallery. If you have questions on materials, braiding, patterns and what ever... Post it here!. If you like to comment on a finished whip... Post it here. The Galleries will be only what they're called - Galleries.

When you are exited on something - post it here. If you like to say how much you like something - or not - post it here. All comments which are made in the respective Masters Gallery will be simply deleted. The galleries will be like an exhibition. The whip, the art, the name of the whip. Not more. If you want to say something... You know where to post, right?


Thank you for your cooperation!

Robby

I have a screwdriver. I am Legend...

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Well, since every whip is different, I will kind of do a basic build here and if I do something special later, I can do another build. 

First of all, especially with Practical Whips, I prepare 1/4" PVC by gluing couplers to the top.  This gives me a solid, even and permanent heel knot foundation for every single whip.  I then seal the coupler end with tape and add lead weight, then I pour in a small amount of epoxy.  I do this to add weight to the heel end of the whip to counter the weight of the thong.  Like a well balanced sword is weighted-the handle being the same weight as the full length of the blade.  That is my intent with the weighted handles.

https://i.imgur.com/ls9N5kU.jpg

I clean my PVC and sand it down.  I do this because a slightly rough surface holds paint, or glue for veneer, or whatever I am adding to the handle.  I could leave it smooth, but this is an extra step to make the overall product nicer.  Wherever I will have decoration, I sand the handles.  *rant* Frankly, I hate seeing raw PVC on whips.  It looks cheap and it would take but a second to sand and paint those handles to look finished and professional.  Anyone can have a rope on a stick.  *end rant*

https://i.imgur.com/s9dyOzF.jpg

From here, it can go anywhere.  Paint, wood, vinyl, Exacto knives, papers, beads, glass, wood burners, even pieces of beehive.  If it can be sealed under marine epoxy, anything goes.  I refuse to have rules here.   

https://i.imgur.com/2zMYupS.jpg

The whip I am working on now will have a metallic thong, so I wanted something warm, to counter the harsh metal.  I went with a bleached mahogany veneer, then hand cut out a kind of tribal motif from silver foil as an inlay.  After ironing down the veneer and gluing the foil, at least 2, sometimes 3 or 4 layers of marine epoxy seals it all in. 

https://i.imgur.com/NWW8FHN.jpg

I had toyed with the idea of a glass beaded ferrule, but my prototype was the wrong color.  I set to work making another from gunmetal colored size 11 glass seed beads.  This is just a simple peyote stitch with a single color.  I have beaded an entire handle with a pattern, but it sits off to the side because I managed to drip expanding gorilla glue on it and...well it expanded.  No rules kind of means unforeseen messes on occasion.  So anyway..

https://i.imgur.com/Zb4XsZ3.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/kK5X3An.jpg

And on the handle: 

https://i.imgur.com/1Ny27wB.jpg

After I decide it looks good, I start on the thongs.  They are standard, weight, core, binding, belly, binding, maybe another belly, maybe more binding, overlay, rolling, knots, wax, rolling, touchups and cleaning. 

https://i.imgur.com/DTcHXU8.jpg

And, after all that, you get a really pretty one-of-a-kind piece of functional art.

https://i.imgur.com/UH9xQz1.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/q9EfD7E.jpg

This whip will go in the gallery when I can take some time for nicer pictures.

If you fall, I'll be there.
                            ~Floor

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WS that is fantastic!!!  You've got to be the only whipmaker out there with Art Whips. 
So cool!

Inch by inch.

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I hope so.  smile. Thanks Whippy Sis.

If you fall, I'll be there.
                            ~Floor

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Jessie, I look at the photos you post of the winter there and then at the whips and see where your inspiration comes from. This whip send chills up and down my spine. You should call it Ice Queen.

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Very, very cool.
I like the way the inlaid silver matches the silver in the thong.

Ron

I sent that 'Ancestry' site some information on my family tree.
They sent me back a pack of seeds and suggested that I just start over.

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Thanks.  My son said it looks like chain maille on the handle.  We are trying to come up with a sword name.  Someone on Facebook said it looks like lightning...Robby wants to name it after an ancient German hero who got his start making various lip balms...but I don't know.

If you fall, I'll be there.
                            ~Floor

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Re: The "Making of" Gallery - Jessie Edwards

Jessie, that thong looks amazing!

Common sense is now so uncommon that it should be officially reclassified as a super power...

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It's fun cord, yeah?  I was talking to another whipmaker about it and he can get colors other than just black.  Like white and gold, green and purple-- like that.  Apparently, the U.K. Has cooler paracord than us smile. He has a couple of Whips coming up soon too.  We've both spent the better part of 2 days giggling over it.

If you fall, I'll be there.
                            ~Floor

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Jessie, your attention to detail is quite wonderful! Somehow, the finished whips always look (to me, at least) much more impressive than the sum of their parts!

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Very neat Jessie! Thanks for letting us in on your basic methods. Though I don't think I'll try replicating it! Mine attempt would probably look like something from kindergarten! tongue

- Two clowns are eating a cannibal, when one says to the other, "I think we have this joke wrong somehow"

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I told you that the name of that german hero is „Siegfried“. And he NEVER made any lip balm. He killed a dragon and took a bath in the dragon‘s blood. The story is from „The Nibelungen“ and that swords name was „Balmung“. No jokes about ancient german heroes, okay?  wink

And your making of pictures are simply awesome. I think those detailed pics will show - and explain - to the folks how much work is in one of your art whips. How much love and passion it takes to create something like that!

Good job, Jessie. Very good job.


Robby


p.s.
Balmung! Not lip balm...!

I have a screwdriver. I am Legend...

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Yes sir.  so sorry.  Forgive me.  Speaking of, I was out in the cold today and forgot my Balmung...oh there it is...

It is so very very cold today, that my fingers were froze by the time I snapped the camera 9 times.  I just was not able to handle it today.  I got 3 decent ones though. 

https://i.imgur.com/S1dA5yX.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/DVGx1zk.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/UmuuIlU.jpg

If you fall, I'll be there.
                            ~Floor

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Love the pics Jessie.
Nicely done.

Ron

I sent that 'Ancestry' site some information on my family tree.
They sent me back a pack of seeds and suggested that I just start over.

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Beatiful Jessie!

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Thank you!

If you fall, I'll be there.
                            ~Floor

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Those pics are great, Jessie. I really love that thong and the effect created by that cord. I can't wait to see what you do with other colors.

Common sense is now so uncommon that it should be officially reclassified as a super power...

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Oh dear! I posted a comment in the wrong thread. Please delete.... sad

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Wow. Very beautifull Jessie. That thong is very interesting, it looks a bit like lightning.
Very beautiful.

Sven

The difference between men and boys
is the price of their toys.

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If you fall, I'll be there.
                            ~Floor