Interlocked Rings Thoranam – Paracord / Plastic Wire

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This is a craft that was popular during the 80s in India. Interlocked rings were made with leftover plastic wire after weaving baskets. They were hung as screens / thoranam in the doorway.

Since plastic wires are not available these days, the same can be made using paracord. I am going to show how to make them using paracord.

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

These rings can have many designs and I will show two of them today – Spanish ring knot and Turk’s head knot.

The one on the left is Spanish ring knot and the one on the right is the Turk’s head knot.

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

These are usually done by wrapping the plastic wire around 2 fingers of the left hand. Since I had to take pictures while doing this, I am going to wrap the wire around a rolling pin. You can also wrap the wire around paper towel rolls.

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Wrap the cord around to form the English letter X.

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Pass the working end from right to left as shown below.

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The braid will look like this now.

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Roll the rolling pin slightly towards you. You will be able to see two parallel lines.

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Now pull the left cord over the right cord. The parallel lines will resemble English letter X now.

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Now pass the working end from left to right.

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The braid got a little longer now.

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Now roll the rolling pin one more time towards you. You will see 2 lines that are parallel to each other.

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This time, pull the cord on the right over the cord on the left to make them intersect.

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Pass the working end from right to left.

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We have now reached the starting point.

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The ring can now be removed from the rolling pin. Cut excess length. Using a lighter or a candle, melt the edges for a few seconds to anchor the edges in place.

The Spanish ring will look like this.

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To make interlocking rings,

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

Now let us make the Turk’s head knot.

First make a Spanish ring knot.

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Instead of cutting off the excess, we will continue to weave the working end one more time.

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

The working end will travel on the right side. We are simply weaving the Spanish knot one more time.

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

If it gets harder to pull, use  blunt tweezers.

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

Turk’s head knot.

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

Interlocked rings - paracord or plastic wire thoranam

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Do you remember these thoranams that were popular in India those days?

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