If you didn’t think I was serious about the whips, here is proof that I am actually obsessed. Yesterday I got the package I needed to start making my whip: 3 boxes of 50 cartridges each of rifle ammunition. Why did I get tiny copper bullets that I then needed to pry open to get the lead shot out, instead of just a bag of lead shot?
That would be because I didn’t find that site until just now, despite it taking hours to even find a site that sold #12 lead shot. Sigh.
Well, now I know. But yes, instead, I bought 150 copper cartridges filled with tiny balls of lead. It was the tiny balls of lead that I needed to fill the core of my whip. So my afternoon was spent prying each cartridge open with scissors and an allen wrench and dumping each ounce or so of lead shot into an empty pill bottle.
Once I’d done one box, I decided to start making the shotbag. Following these two tutorials, I cut a tapered strip of leather, duct-taped it into a cone shape, and filled it with the painstakingly-extracted lead shot.
Over the shotbag, I tied on a leather bolster, which is now as far as I can go until I cut some laces to start braiding on the first layer of the belly. So, there’s still a lot of work to do, but I am still inordinately proud of how the whip looks so far.
I can’t wait to start braiding!
For as long as I have been sexually active, I’ve held a particular fascination for the male genitalia. Even before I ever touched a penis, I would watch (bad, pixellated) clips of porn and wonder what it felt like for the guy to have sex. I found it difficult to translate the stroking of a hand, penetration, or lips and tongue around the shaft, to what I felt while masturbating. Did it feel the same? Or similarly? I would wonder. Do guys feel the same surges and sensitivity that I feel when I touch my clit, expanded over a larger surface area?
And once I did start having sex with a male partner, my curiosity just continued to grow. I love hearing those sounds that lips, hands, and cunt can elicit from men. I’m fascinated that I can make another person feel that way. And I’ve always maintained a strong association between erection and power. That admission probably makes me a very bad feminist, but I do find the erect penis to be an extremely powerful symbol. I like the idea of being able to physically grasp at arousal – to feel it pulsing and hard and hot in my hand. When I’m aroused, I’ve often wished I could grip onto my lust and desire as a physical object.
Despite all of this, I don’t own any strap-ons or even any realistic dildos. I’ve certainly thought about it, but it doesn’t have quite the same appeal. So for now I just deal with having, from time to time, a little penis envy.
I obsess. When I develop an interest in something, I dive headlong into it until, weeks or months or years later, I re-emerge, exhausted and ready to move on. Thus far, rope has held my interest the longest, and I’m pretty sure it’ll stick around for awhile, although I no longer obsess furtively over “best conditioning practices” or whatnot.
Easy access to the Internet has allowed me complete research power for finding out every factoid, rumor and forgotten technique I could ever want to know concerning my subjects. From Photoshop to rope to bootblacking, and most recently, leather whip-making, I literally have the expertise, learning process, and detailed examples of thousands of people to peruse, from blogs detailing a personal project to forums dedicated to the topic.
I suppose you could say that my sudden interest in learning to work in leather is more an extension of my growing passion for bootblacking. It is a fairly natural progression to want to expand one’s knowledge in leathercare beyond just footwear (delightful as such footwear can be). When I was at IML, I received some great advice on how to care for my leather jacket – an article of clothing whose condition I’d taken for granted.
But back to whip-making. Brought on by sudden inspiration, curiosity, and the question “just how hard is it to actually braid leather into a whip?“, I started searching for tutorials online. Youtube is a really tremendous resource, and I quickly found these gems. So now I want to make my own leather whip – a 4-foot snakewhip or signal whip, I think. I don’t really want or need a handle, nor do I want a monstrous 8 foot bullwhip.
Granted, this would be a tremendous project, given the time and materials it requires. Precut lace at the width I’d need (6mm it seems) is expensive, so my other option is to collect leather straps and make lace myself.
We’ll see if this ever comes to fruition, but in the meantime I had fun de-cording some nylon rope I had and making a test whip with 12-plait braiding (and an 8-plait belly). It was actually quite easy once I learned the braiding pattern, and the whole thing took less than 5 hours, including undoing and rebraiding the belly once I got the hang of dropping strands. Like learning to make rope, once you’ve seen how it’s made, it becomes demystified.
Yes, I am obsessed.
At least – everyone in this video clip. It’s painfully evident how little the oil industry cares about this oil spill. What will it take to stir these sleeping giants out of their complacency and show any – any – empathy?
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On the flip side, Rachel Maddow has been diligently, passionately, and dedicatedly covering all aspects of the oil spill on her show. That she is deliberately moving this to center stage speaks volumes about her. Not that I ever have anything but gushing praise for her anyway.