I’ve been asked how I make my lead ropes many times. It’s simple, really, but kind of hard to explain.
There are two different ways I’ve done this.
The first is to take a length of string/floss/whatever, cut twice as long as the length you want it to be. If you wanted a ten-inch lead, for example, cut the threads to 20 inches, with a few extra inches to spare. They do “shrink” somewhat when twisted, so it’s always better to have too much than not enough.
Anchor one end, (I found it easiest to tie the end around a bead and shut in a drawer) then start twisting the entire length, until it’s nice and tight.
Slip a jump ring, or clasp, or whatever you’re using on the free end, then, keeping everything tight, fold the entire length in half.
Let go of the folded end and the thread will twist itself together.
It will most likely look like this, but that can be fixed by pulling on each end a bit until it behaves. I actually don’t like this method much because it can leave kinks in the twist and is much more difficult to control.
The second way is to slip your thread in the jump ring/clasp first, then fold the entire length in half. Secure the ring and take a bunch of thread in each hand.
Start twisting each bunch in one direction. I usually go to the right. Once the twists are nice and tight…
…start twisting them together, but in the opposite direction. (in this case, to the left) The thread will twist itself together and hold pretty well. It’s easier to twist short bits at a time rather than trying to do the whole thing at once.
Once it’s as long as you’d like, knot the end and trim off the excess.
There you have it!