How to Protect Your Knot Work
There are often times when you have created some form or knotwork and you want to give it some form of additional protection. The purist reading this may not like this finishing solution, as it is not traditional. However, I would say that sailors back in the day would use the best that was available. I personally use this finishing solution as it does protect knotwork from the elements. Also, it is readily available and and extremely quick to mix to the desired strength. Another thing that I love about this finishing solution, as it is a glue, it will lock knots tight and prevent them from coming undone over time.
Decorative Knot Work Finishing Solution for Protection
I thought I would do a short video on the finishing solution that I make up to project some of my knotting projects. Basically, I use the solution for two purposes. Firstly, I use it to protect some of my work from the elements, so it it gets grimy it can easily be cleaned. I do use this solution on my Bell Ropes, then every so often I give them a quick wash and they are as good a new. Secondly, it also gives me added protection on finishing knots, it acts like a glue to keep the knot secure. The solution in my case is 50/50 of PVA Glue and water, this can be adjusted depending on the work being done, as explained in the video. For those of you living across the pond, I understand the PVA glue is often referred to as Elmer’s glue.
Finishing Solution for Knotwork Video
In this video, I will demonstrate what mixture of finishing solution I use on many of my knotting projects.