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SS369

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Monkey Fist in small stuff
« on: November 25, 2007, 11:03:27 PM »
Hello out there,

as I am of hardworking and rough insensitive hands I have a challenge with tying some of the small decorative and beautiful things I see you talented people show off.

I truly love the very small monkey fists I have seen tied out of small cord and what looks to be thin twine.

I need some suggestions as to how to make it simpler and then possible for me to do some of my own.

Is there a way to hold these knotted beauties besides by hand? Some form of clamps perhaps.
One for the monkey fist in particular would be great!

Thanks ahead of time.
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Re: Monkey Fist in small stuff
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2007, 02:16:28 AM »
Hi SS369,
   
4 headless nails evenly spaced in the end of a wood dowel works well as a jig for tying the Monkey Fist. You want them spaced a little larger than the core that is to be inserted. I know there are pictures of this jig being used out there somewhere, I just can't put my mind on them right now? Still need to hold it in your hand to fair it up, however.
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Re: Monkey Fist in small stuff
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2007, 02:35:56 AM »
I just knew I would get a good answer!
Thank you AK very much.
And anyone else who decides to through in two cents.
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Re: Monkey Fist in small stuff
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2007, 07:07:05 AM »

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Re: Monkey Fist in small stuff
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2007, 03:22:11 AM »
TH54,
   
I haven't seen that type of jig before.  That looks like it would be even easier than the 4 nails! Certainly easier to make. Thanks for the post.
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Re: Monkey Fist in small stuff
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2007, 09:13:37 PM »
Looks like someone made that of some stiff bailing wire. But just a theory.
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Re: Monkey Fist in small stuff
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2007, 02:11:17 AM »
Hi SS,

I used pingpong balls, with dressmaker's pins in.  Instant stuffing, floats, bounces off things (if thrown hard enough...)

My picture is here - I don't think you have to join Flickr to view it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11285160@N04/1082892597/in/set-72157601368010356/

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Re: Monkey Fist in small stuff
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2008, 03:30:14 AM »
Good day ~

I saw a jig created out of a wire coat hanger on stormdrane's blog site (http://stormdrane.blogspot.com) which i've used to teach my children (the youngest 7 y.o.) to tie monkey fists.

take a pair of wire cutters and snip away the hanger's long flat piece.  Cut this piece into half and then bend so that you have a two U shapes connected at the top of one of the legs.  (this is harder to do verbally than i thought...)

starting from the right end of a piece...

1) bend UP 3" from end
2) bend RIGHT 2" from bend 1
3) bend AWAY 3" from bend 2
4) bend LEFT 1" from bend 3
5) bend DOWN 3" from bend 4
6) bend RIGHT

all bends are 90 degrees.  This is a very quick jig to make, there is no need to obsess over it and store it as there are always plenty of excess hangers available and depending on your finger dexterity, you can easily change the dimensions between bends to accommodate different diameter cord, centers and wrap counts.

hope this helps.


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Re: Monkey Fist in small stuff
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2008, 10:50:19 AM »