Nylon webbing

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Nylon webbing is a strong fabric woven as a flat strip or tube of varying width and fibres, often used in place of rope. It is a versatile component used in climbing, furniture manufacturing, automobile safety, auto racing, towing, parachuting, military apparel, and many other fields. Modern webbing is often made from exceptionally high-strength material, such as Dyneema, Nylon, Polyester, and Kevlar. For less performance oriented applications cotton, Polypropylene, and flax can be used. As webbing is both light and strong, with breaking strengths in excess of 10,000 lb (44.4 kN) readily available, the possible applications are virtually limitless.

It comes in quite a few sizes (1/2", 9/16", 5/8" 1", 1 1/2", and 2") and a wide range of colors.

To keep the ends of the webbing from fraying, it is best to heat the end of the webbing to seal it. There are several ways of sealing the ends, but the best way is to cut and seal the ends in one operation using a cutter. If you don't have a cutter, cut the webbing with shears and then seal the ends with a candle. (Using matches will often transfer sulphur smell to the webbing, and since they don't burn very long, they tend to burn fingers!)

There are four major advantages to using webbing.

  • It can be easily cleaned in a washing machine.
  • If used in photography, it can be colour-co-ordinate my bondage to match or contrast the colour of the captive's skin, hair, dress, etc.
  • Since it lies flat, you don't get those funny little "snake marks" on the skin like you do when using rope.
  • It easily rolls up and lies flat so it will fit in a trouser pocket. It goes through airport metal detectors without setting off any alarms.

Toy bag

It is suggested that a user buys three pieces of red, black and white webbing 1/2" or 9/16" wide and fifty feet long, but preferences may vary. Then cut two of the fifty foot section as follows: four pieces of three feet; four pieces of five feet; and two pieces of nine feet. Cut the third piece into two pieces of seven feet; and three pieces of twelve feet each.

Once you have cut them into the lengths shown above, you can tie them into hanks, or use rubber bands to hold the hanks together. Since two of the colours were cut to the same size, and you can see the overall size of each hank, you can grab the right length first time and every time. (You would never want your play partner to see you fumbling around in your toy bag looking for the right piece of webbing!)

After each use, throw it in the washing machine, then re-tie the pieces into hanks. This will mean that everything in your toy bag will always be clean and ready for use.

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