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A Simple Guide for Crafting Handmade Rope Bowls

Updated on September 27, 2017
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Chase has been crafting various handmade items from different types of materials for several years. He sells many creative items online.

The History Of Rope

Prehistoric Rope

Mankind has been using ropes to aid in hunting, pulling, attaching, lifting, carrying, fastening, and for climbing since prehistoric times. In fact, fossilized fragments of most likely two-ply laid rope of about seven millimeter diameter were discovered in one of the Lascaux caves. The ancient rope found is said to date back to around fifteen-thousand years before christ. A collection of the earliest ropes were braided from plant fibres, the vines hanging from trees, blades of grass, date palms, papyrus, strips of leather, flax, animal hairs, and even strands of hemp. In addition, the hemp fibers for rope-making were highly infamous in China around twenty-eight hundred years before christ. The art of rope-making swiftly spread all throughout Asia, India, and Europe over the next several thousands of years. From the thirteenth through the eighteenth centuries a time period deemed as the middle ages many ropes were constructed into long rope walks. The various rope walks created many different foot bridges in mid air that helped to connect buildings together. By the eighteenth century a number of different models of rope-making machines had been assembled and patented. Currently today the rope comes in many different styles, designs, and forms.

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Nautical Jute Rope

Types Of Rope

Whenever designing the handmade rope bowl a crafter has great multitudes of contrasting styles to design and many various rope types to work with. There is a rope type for every particular style of rope bowl that a crafter could possibly wish to craft. Many varieties of rope types are widely available on the market. Different shapes, sizes, patterns, and designs can be found. Some choose to craft cowboy rope bowls made from nautical jute rope, while others prefer to create painted variations by using acrylic paints, or by using various dyes for color. Crafters can also easily tie various knots on the bowls sides to create a knotted rope bowl. Creamy cotton cloths line rope measuring three-sixteenth of an inch can be used, nautical manila rope is popular, and lariat rope works great. A black woven nylon rope can be used, but is often difficult to work with. In conclusion, the type of rope used to construct the rope bowl will significantly determine the final design of the bowl.

Use Bowls For A Guide

Many Shapes And Sizes Available

The shape and size of your rope bowl will vary depending upon what type of guide the crafter chooses to use. Rope bowls are made by using a "molded guide" to create its very shape. The bowls are easily custom made as big or small as the crafter desires. Many different sizes of bowls are widely available to craft a rope bowl. A crafter could chooses a large salad bowl, medium mixing bowl, or a small one serving dish as there molding guide. In the finished product large salad bowl sized rope bowl will work best for storing fresh fruits, hand-picked vegetables, magazines, or free range eggs from the farm. Finished medium sized rope bowls are ideal for storing kids snacks, daily mail, napkins, or the car keys. Lastly, a small one serving rope bowl works perfectly for storing hard candies, rubber bands, paper clips, or business cards. Every rope bowl design will give a decorative look to any room of the home, at the office, or in a business. Rope bowls make for excellent centerpieces for displaying items on the kitchen counters, desktops, bathroom vanities, bookshelves, kitchen tables, coffee tables, or end tables.

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Coiling And Spiraling Rope

Typically, only three labor-intensive steps actually exist in order to properly craft a rope bowl to completion. There is absolutely no sewing work required in crafting this particular rope bowl. Basic tools for the project will include a hot glue gun and glue sticks. All-temperature hot glue sticks are highly recommended due to strong durability, less stringy mess, impact-toughness, and they offer a forty-five second extended working time. The Gorilla Glue brand of hot glue sticks work the best due to being indoor and outdoor weather resistant. Start the first step of the process by dabbing a generous amount of hot glue onto the end of the rope to prevent any fraying. Slowly roll the rope into a coil shape while diligently adding more hot glue to the perimeter of the rope coil as you spiral along. Steadily continue rolling and hot gluing the rope until the coil is as large as the base of the molding guide. Next step is to gently place the coil inside or on the bottom of the 'guide bowl.' Its an optional choice weather you prefer to continue gluing your rope coil from the inside or the outside of your molding guide. Each crafter will have different preferences or be more comfortable coiling inside rather than on the outside. Regardless of the crafters choice continue with wrapping and coiling the rope following around the guide bowls general shape. Begin building and molding up the sides of the guide bowl by adding lines of hot glue slightly higher on the surface of the rope. Finally at the end cut the rope with scissors, but be certain to leave an additional two inches of rope to create the finished loop. Roll the end of the rope back to form a small loop and then attach the end into place along the rim of the bowl with a small dab of hot glue. Another option for the finished loop is to completely wrap with any color of embroidery thread over the very end of the rope. Again this is only a optional recommendation for crafters. Now simply remove and separate the molding guide bowl from the finished rope bowl decor.

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