The Making of a Rope Shackle or Soft Shackle
In the previous video I demonstrated how I created the knot on the end of a Rope Shackle, Soft Shackle or Jib Shackle In this video I will demonstrate how I used Seizing to make the eye of my Soft Shackle. I also used some seizing at the top of the Soft Shackle to add a little more decoration to the finished item.
You will note that, the shackle of both is closed i.e. the button knot has been passed through the eye that was created by the seizing around the rope.
My general understanding is, that seizing is used to bring together two pieces of rope.
How to Start Seizing
Normally prior to actual seizing, it is good practice to form and fine in the end of your seizing line. However, if this is not practical seizing can be started by using a Clove Hitch or a Timber Hitch as the starting knot. The main reason for using and eye splice, clove hitch or timber hitch, is that these knots form a low profile. In other words, you do not start your work with the chunky knot. As you will see in the video, once you have tied one of the above knots, the actual process of wrapping the cord around the two ropes can then begin.
Finishing off Seizing
In the video you will clearly see how I finish after seizing.One thing that I forgot to mention was, that if you want additional security on the finishing knot, it can be tucked again, or a Finishing Solution applied, which will make the knot/seizing even more secure.
How to Seize a Rope
What Seizing Twine do I Use?
My all time favourite twine that I used is black twisted tarred line:
If you like a little coloured Twine