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.
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.
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.
Wrap the cord around to form the English letter X.
Pass the working end from right to left as shown below.
The braid will look like this now.
Roll the rolling pin slightly towards you. You will be able to see two parallel lines.
Now pull the left cord over the right cord. The parallel lines will resemble English letter X now.
Now pass the working end from left to right.
The braid got a little longer now.
Now roll the rolling pin one more time towards you. You will see 2 lines that are parallel to each other.
This time, pull the cord on the right over the cord on the left to make them intersect.
Pass the working end from right to left.
We have now reached the starting point.
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.
To make interlocking rings,
Now let us make the Turk’s head knot.
First make a Spanish ring knot.
Instead of cutting off the excess, we will continue to weave the working end one more time.
The working end will travel on the right side. We are simply weaving the Spanish knot one more time.
If it gets harder to pull, use blunt tweezers.
Turk’s head knot.
Do you remember these thoranams that were popular in India those days?