A little while ago, i took the time to shoot some detailed shots of a rewarpping project. I think the pics and anonations are speaking for themselves
Little disclaimer, i have no formal education in what form whatsoever regarding to the art of tsukamaki so a real pro will probably shoot me for this job. I’m just a bit of a handy harry and hope it can help you out a bit if you want to give it a try yourself…
Undressed. The tsuka core is in good condition, no cracks and solid construction...
Quality of rayskin not that bad, just a pitty they've place the nice nod that high on the tsuka. Here you can see a typical example of 'Chinese' hishigami..very thin pieces of paper that really doesn't make a difference at all when wrapping.
Ready to get a new color
Measuring the width of the ito when pulled thight
Marking our tsuka core in order to know if we need to shorten it yes/no and in order to make a nice even wrap where the ito forms nice horizontal lines.
Folding a piece of paper to fix our hishigami. In this case i made the width of them 13mm (since the ito, when pulled thight measured around 14mm). I started to fold the paper around 9mm and folded it for 5-6 times. Making it too thick will give us problems when we need to fold over the sides (next pic).
Making them too thick in step 1 will give you problems here
This is the part that need to go..
Marking the line
The Dremel tool is my best friend
Taking the rayskin off
Finished the whole contour, it just need to be shortened now
Done and ready to start wrapping
Placing the hishigami
Already a diamond further here but you can see here how to fold the ito while keeping the hishigami in place
Complete diamond, as you can see (or not) still need to pinch the hishigami a bit more inside/underneath the ito
With the template you can exactely see/measure where to position your menuki
Keep it in position with a bit of tape
Almost there to cover it
Make sure the hishigami are in place and you pull the ito as tight as you can (as always) or the menuki (and wrap) will start moving around and ultimately become loose
Second diamond, make sure your menuki are placed correctly but if you used the template it can't be a problem
And done....in the middle of the tsuka and evenly positioned underneath the diamonds
Make sure the ito is lined up correctly, that's why the marks on the tsuka are very helpful:)
Taking the template once more for the placement of the second menuki
A bit of tape to keep the menuki in place
Last diamond before including the menuki
First diamond.. keep it tight !
Ready to continue
Mission completed and getting close to the end knots
There are diffrent ways to make the end knots, this is mine Taking a piece of plastic to laminate paper and cut out our 'helping hands'. Some are using a straw but i personally feel they're to thick to work with.
I've cut 6 pieces of them (width around 5-6mm )
No matter which side you're working on, there are always 2 pieces of ito that need to go up and 1 pulled down. Make sure your plastic stripes are placed corectly... Use some tape to hold them in position
And keep going with the folding of the diamonds. Side note... i've placed them 1 diamond too early on this shot
Other side, same story, hold them in place with some tape, 2 go up , 1 down
Done and ready to start with the end knot
Take the tape off and position them next to eachother
First piece of ito (started from the right side of the tsuka) is placed in the plastic stripe (left one) and pulled under the diamond. Move the ito to the far left..
Take the ito on the left side of the tsuka now and pull it underneath the piece that was coming from the right side and under the diamond
This is a better view i think....
Take that same piece (left side of tsuka) and pull it over the diamond and UNDER the piece of ito that is coming from the right side of the tsuka
Taking back the other piece of ito (right side), making a loop and pull it back under the diamond on the right side of the knot
An overview : the ito that is coming from the left side of the tsuka is ok, the one coming from the right side is making a loop and still need to be pulled tight
Once the 2 pieces of ito are in position, it's time to take your 2 strings of ito and pull them through the kashira. Use a plastic stripe to make your life more easy ...
Place the kashira on the tsuka and pull the 2 pieces of ito tight before starting to work on the real end knot on the other side
Our 3 plastic stripes
I just used he middle one to pull our first piece of ito underneath the diamond
The second piece of ito is also going underneath the diamond (on the right side)
Cut off the first piece of ito to tuck it underneath the diamond; Make sure you don't cut it too short or you will ruin your wrapping work
Tuck it under the diamond
Now take your remaining piece and make a loop so pull it once more underneath the diamond (on the left side of the knot)
This is what you should have and the only thing that is left is to pull it tight
Once that is done it's time for our second cut. Same story here don't cut it too short ! When done, tuck it underneath the diamond to secure it
And this is the final result...
Not really easy to shoot pics while wrapping so maybe some parts are not clear enough. If any questions, just place them here in the comments…will try to answer them as good as possible.
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