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 2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot - Part 1

2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot - Part 2

 2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot - Part 3

6 bight Turk's head - Part 1 

6 bight Turk's head - Part 2 

 6 bight Turk's head - Part 3

 A

 B

 C

 

 

 Key Fob A

braided in roo & rawhide.

 Key Fob B

braided in roo

 Key Fob C

braided in roo & rawhide


Braiding a Key Fob
 
Many times a special occasion comes along where a small personal gift is needed. I have found a key fob with braided knots is personal and unique to the person receiving the gift. The upcoming articles will focus on braiding knots that will help to adorn a key fob. All of the knots are necessary knowledge in order to braid more complex projects such as romal reins, hobbles, reatas, headstalls and bosals.
 

Below is the button identification for the above 3 key fobs  
 
The knots on Key Fob A, top to bottom, are as follows: 6 Bight Turk's Head with the gaucho interweave, the 2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot and the 6 Bight Turk's Head with the herringbone interweave.
 
The knots on Key Fob B, top to bottom, are as follows: 6 Bight Turk's Head with the gaucho interweave, the 2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot, long pineapple button with herringbone Interweave (6 bight), the 2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot, and the 6 Bight Turk's Head with the gaucho interweave.
 
The knots on Key Fob C, top to bottom, are as follows: 6 Bight Turk's Head with the herringbone interweave, the 2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot and long pineapple button with herringbone Interweave (6 bight).
 
The links below include instruction for the 2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot and the 6 bight Turk's head with the herringbone interweave. Instructions for the 6 bight Turk's head with the gaucho interweave are in The Art of Braiding The Basics - Second Revised Ed. pages 34-36 & 40-42. The long pinapple button with herringbone interweave is The Art of Braiding The Basics - Second Revised Ed. pages 43-52.

 2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot - Part 1

 2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot - Part 2

 2 Pass Spanish Ring Knot - Part 3

6 bight Turk's head - Part 1 

6 bight Turk's head - Part 2 

 6 bight Turk's head - Part 3
 
You will practice braiding the knots on a mandrel or dowel 1/2” in diameter by about 15” long. Please note: once your braiding skills are progressing, all knots should be braided on the item itself. Divide the mandrel into 4 sections, as in illustration 1.

 1. MandrelI illustration

Hint: color each section differently, as a point of reference.
A – blue
B – green
C – red
D – yellow
 
The tools you will be using are a fid, bone folder and a pounding stick. The fid, illustration 2, is used as an extension of the hand to make division between strings that enables the passage of the working string. The pounding stick, illustration 3, is made from a smoothly sanded hammer handle and is used to roll, pound, rub, shape and smooth the completed knot. Use a smooth surface to pound on such as another board or table. The bone folder, illustration 4, is used to burnish between buttons which cleans the edges and gives each button added definition once the knot is completed. The terms buttons and knots will be used interchangeably and the illustrations are not drawn to scale.
 

 

 

 

3. 
 

Fob information: the ring is 1” in diameter and the finished, folded length of the 6 - 7 oz. leather is 3” long. Use a strap 5/8” wide by 6” long, folded in half and glued. The edges of the completed fob should be edged, dyed and burnished before you begin braiding, as seen in illustration 5.

Illustration 6 is more custom. It shows a slight taper in the center giving a little more look and feel to the fob.

Illustration 7 is the completed fob, sewn and finished.
 

 
 
The practice piece of lacing is 1/8” wide, 1/32” thick and about 18” long with a tapered point 1 1/2” long on the working end. The best type lacing is kangaroo which can be purchased from your materials supply store.
 

 

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