I have been trying to get some pictures of my newer work that are good enough to post. My karma worked out so that I got these just in time for the 4th. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them.
One of the good things about repeatedly tying knots on hot sauce bottles is the consistent shape. One of the bad things about tying knots on hot sauce bottle is the consistent shape. You do get used to how to size the knots and learn which ones don’t work. You also run the peril of tying the same knots to the point of monotony. Not fun for me to tie, nor fun for you to look at. This bottle was a conscious attempt to get out of the rut.
Starting from the top the knots used are:
The neck is covered with a green paracord Turk’s Head knot of 9 Leads X 4 Bights, doubled. Dark colored because this bottle is in use and may be subject to drips.
The shoulders were left bare to set off the next knot. The mouse is a Turk’s Head knot because they make a very strong base that won’t slip on the slick glass. The covering knot is a 7 Lead X 13 Bight Turk’s Head knot, doubled. The combination makes a knot that stands out about 3/4 inches from the glass.
Just below this knot is a 3 strand grommet to carry the button knot.
The green knot in the center of the body is a Gaucho knot of 4 passes. This was tied with straight edges instead of the normal scalloping. It is a smooth and elegant looking knot, and was intended to be the center of attention. It was overshadowed by the knot above it, but has not complained out loud so far.
The bottom knot is a 9 Lead X 8 Bight Turk’s Head knot, doubled.
This was a fun bottle to make; I hope you enjoy it also. Thanks, and come back soon: