Make-Your-Own-Flogger Directions

Now this ain’t sayin’ I’m cheap, but I’m Scots through and through, and when I can make a whip for almost nothing, it pains me to pay someone $200 for the same product. Here’s directions for the marginally craft-enabled.

Make-Your-Own-Flogger Directions

A good “quick-and-easy-and-cheap; even” flogger. I’ve been trying to get these directions down as text… hard to draw a pic in ascii text. Let me know if any point is unclear.

Basically you need:
doweling or some such handle material (about 9-12 inches)
maybe a strip of lead for the non-tail end of the handle, maybe not..
glue (rubber cement)
upholstery tacks (or broad-headed screw/nails in a pinch)
a bunch of soft leather (like an old coat).

You need a square of leather as long as your desired flogger tails, (I’ve seen as short as 14″, as long as 30″. I’d start with 16-18″ to keep it manageable.) plus about two inches, and as wide as you can make it (the wider the piece of leather, the more tails you’re going to have.) You also can put two leather squares side by side, (try different colours!) but don’t try to make a *whole bunch* of different pieces go together unless you’re better at this than I am.

You can wind the same leather or a different one around the handle, (or not at all, depending on how you want your handle to look). Upholstery tacks and glue work well here, too. Some folks use braiding techniques, or cross-stitching for decoration and grip, but if I wanted that much of a professional looking flogger, I might then go and buy one… Unless I had more time on my hand than I actually do.

Cut the strips about 1/2 inch wide, (1/4 to 3/4 inch is a common range) as desired, but don’t cut them *off* the chunk of leather. Leave a strip of two inches uncut all the way along the top, and slice the tails only that far… like fringe for chaps, except longer… You know you have enough when you temporarily wind the two-inch strip part of the tails fringe around the last two inches of the flogger handle and it feels like you have enough. (some folks like only a few tails, some like a whole bunch…)

When you ‘ve completed the handle (however you want it to look and feel) fix the tails on by anchoring one end (staple, tack, glue) and winding/gluing the strip on *tightly*. Drive a few upholstery tacks through the resulting knob, spacing them around the circumference.

It’s good (IMO) to have a strip wrapped around the non-tailed end of the handle, (about a foot long, one inch-wide strip forming a kind of knob) to hold the keeper loop *and* to stop the flogger from slipping out of your hands. If you want to counter-weight the flogger, this is where you’d hide the weight. Wrap and fix it the same way you do the tails-end, for aesthetic appeal.

Free end of tails can be square-cut, or at a 45 degree angle, depending. Leather oil will add weight, often improve the way it flies… and the more uniformly you are able to cut the flogger tails, width and length, the better it will fly. The more tails, the more thud. The slicker the surface, the stingier it gets. Ditto if the tails are very thin. Experiment with leathers and colours and lengths and weights and widths, and .. and.. have fun making your whip!

3 thoughts on “Make-Your-Own-Flogger Directions

  1. The tool in the youtube link is a great item that anyone who is going to be making floggers or whips should have. It’s from Tandy Leather and if you watch the video you will see just how much he gets out of a scrap of leather that is a little bigger than his hand.

    Hope this is helpful.

    FosterBDSM

  2. TONY P says:

    only use old leather coats, or old leather from sofas if you are starting out in flogger making i:e practice runs . old coats n sofas contain peoples sweat etc , and therefore not really hygenic if you plan to make and sell your items , you can buy leather/suede rubber cheaply from ebay

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