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Handle Wrapping: Level 4 by chioky Handle Wrapping: Level 4 by chioky
Handle Wrapping Technique: Level 4 (Ito - Hineri Make Style)

Hooray! we have finnally reached an actual technique to wrap sword handles, and it has taken me a damn long time to learn it aswell. This is the most basic and most common method of wrapping sword handles however it is rather difficult to find the right colour ito. That is why people turn to using ribbon, but doing these twists and turns with ribbons, is very difficult becuase it always slips. So you wanne get yourself some shoe laces which is the closest thing to an actual "ito". Now you would ussually tie off the end of the knot by threading it through a hole in a cap, that will not be covered in this tutorial im afraid. Learning it from scratch it should take no longer than half an hour.
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Chibi-Rina Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Omg You saved me! Thank you! I'm sure that you helped a lot of people! And the result is brilliant! x3
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I aim to please
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sherlyXD Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
ur amazing!
dat sewing into the handle method u were talking about, it'll stay without doing that with some hot glue or sumthin right?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
yeah you can sew it, however you have to keep the fabric as tight as possible
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sherlyXD Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
ok, thank you :)
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DeathByReality Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
You are a lifesaver! I honestly don't know how I can thank you enough. :worship:
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
and goodluck for you too
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DrakeSama Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
i'm making shinso, so the handle is only 5 inches. what length should i use
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
obviously 15 inches long would do nicely then
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kvn11 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
so would 8ft of shoelace do the trick? nice tut btw
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
should do
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Kawaii-Tanuki-Chan Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Thankyou for this tutorial, you have helped me greatly with making the handles for my Shuusui and wado ichimonji for my roronoa zoro costume
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
well thats what im here for
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MultiversalInk Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will 110cm long, 15mm wide shoelaces suffice?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
double it
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Tsumetsuki-Moonclaw Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're just too awesome! I love how authentic your tsukamaki looks. Amazing job!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
well I got there in the end
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princessaeris Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
excelent! as alwasys!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
why thank you very much
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princessaeris Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
your welcome! ^^
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MoonlitVampyre Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
This tutorial = awesomely helpful.

I first tried it a few months ago with ribbon, and after two days of intense con-going? FAIL.

I recently got something very similar in texture to shoelace, but it was 2-3 times as wide, and I pretty much screwed the entire thing up with my amazing abilities to not pay attention.

Now I've decided that the world is against me and doesn't want me to have red shoelace. I've been to four different stores today, and so far have found nothing. >_< *pets her poor Haineko* It's okay. You won't be naked much longer. xD

At the very least I have the technique down very well. =D
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chioky Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
2 two three times the size of a normal shoe lace? it does not have to be that wide lol, any wider and of course it is difficult to know

funny though I thought red shoe laces would be the easiest ones to find

anyway hope you enjoy
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isa-koneko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
I loves yous. The is so amazingly helpful and a lot better than the other tutorials I've found.

I used a type of ribbon that's not quite bias tape but it's has a ridged design on it so it's easier to grip to it. I didn't think to use shoelace.. granted the ribbon was only $1.50. I'll have to try the shoelaces on the next sword I do ^_^
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chioky Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
my method works, and has been tested many times by many other people

I know it will also work for you, and it did it seems. Sure bias tape might have an easier grip, but it lacks the subtle thickness and softness that shoe lace has
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isa-koneko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
indeed it really does. Got it on the first attempt too ^_^
I'm going to try the shoelaces on Hitsugaya's sword once I'm done with my haineko. I'm thinking I might like the shoelaces better but haineko's handle is thicker than the hitsugaya's I have, so the thicker laces might make it more bulky than I'm wanting it to be. But we'll see
Thank you for posting this, you have no idea the size headache I had trying to figure it out ^_^
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chioky Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
sure the handle might be more bulky, but in reality the handle that we make should be alot thinner, but at its current size, it makes it much easier to cut out XD

oh well good thing you did it on the first go, it took several tries for me 8P
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FoxKid1302 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhm, may I ask, how can you find shoelaces that long?
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
there normal sized shoe laces
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Parvati4th Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Oh great, you elaborated the Handle Wrapping too!! Thank you!! I think I will try doing it with this shoelaces technique too, provided I can find light grey shoelaces for my Fornicaras...
If I read your other comments well, you are going to explain somewhere, later, how/where to find that craft paper that resembles faux ray skin ?

Also, I wanted to ask you if you made your sheaths yourself? Because I don't know know how to do that, nor if I can find some somewhere that'll actually fit the sword...
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
*sigh* I applaud you for finding this tutorial, but all your other questions are answered with other tutorials in my gallary if you looked hard enough XD

The ray skin paper you get at paper mills: [link]

for the sheaths look here:

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dkp12020 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Really useful tutorial! :)
Besides, that sword looks somehow like Haineko to me...
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
it looks suspiciously like haineko doesnt it?
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dkp12020 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
It does, indeed, it does...COINCIDENCE?
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I wonder why a person would not upload it if he had already finished it 8D
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dkp12020 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Looks like you mixed your comments up a bit...^^
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fixinman Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Where do you get ito from any way? The ribbon I used for the Sode cost me $9 for six meters.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
oh thats just shoe lace in different colours lol, though I heard using bias tape is better
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fixinman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
What I mean is where do you get japanese ito?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
over on ebay, but it costs ALOT
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eugenidesofattolia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
hmm one day i'm going to have to wrap the handle of my swords properly, at which point this will very helpful :)

another great tutorial as always ^^
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chioky Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
though first you will have to find the correct colour shoelace to do it with XD

Genuine Japanese Ito costs £9 a roll o.O
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eugenidesofattolia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
true ^^;

O_o that is a lot
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Hellwolve Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, with this tutorial in hand, I am going to challenge myself. How? Well, the 'target' will be a round handle and I've no way to properly do step number 15...
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chioky Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
well step 15 being the last step should not be difficult, its just sewing the ends of the string together XD
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Hellwolve Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant tucking the ends into/under something ;P
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ARTBoY-M Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CooL nice man
Oooo i jast forget to tell U I thot that u are older than me But it look like I `m older from U man hehe seee ya ma ja na
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chioky Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
really? wow then you must seem really older than me, if people say I feel older than I already am XD
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ARTBoY-M Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tru
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well done chioky, this is quite good! I never did work out a way to put this into a tutorial using pictures, it just came out sloppy. Yours came out very nice and clear I think. You should probably put down any sources you used though, even if you changed the wrap a little.
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