Sort of Easy String Figures
1 OA:lT mo S:tw all S ar lW
2 lH md-th-pu rFN (tr rFN to lW)
3 untwist S from lH:re lF
4 lF mo-pu rPS
5 re lWN:re lTN:lT pu lFN
6 F mo-th LN pu fLS:P ma, re lT
7 ex H slowly, ls rHS
Do Opening A using a long string. Left thumb moves over all strings, and right hand twists all strings clockwise around the left wrist. (2) Left hand then moves down and through the right forefinger noose, picking it up, and transfering it to the left wrist. (3) Untwist the strings from the left hand and release the left forefinger. (4) The left forefinger then moves over and picks up the right palm string. (5) Release the left wrist noose by lifting it up and off the left hand. Release the left thumb noose. Left thumb then picks up the left forefinger noose. (6) Forefingers move over and through the little finger nooses and pick up the far little finger strings. Turn palms facing away from you, and release the left thumb. (7) Extend the figure slowly letting the strings on the right hand slip to make the sea snake swim away.
1 OA:L mo S pu fTS, re T
2 T mu FN pu n&fLDS, re L
3 L mo FN pu fTS
4 lF mo-pu rFN:rF mo-pu lbFN
5 M mo-th FN pu-pt 2fTS:re T:re F
6 T pu MN:F pu 2S forming sides of small triangle at the center of the fLS
7 M mo-th FN pu-pt 2fTS:re T:re F
8 F pu nMS:ex
Do Opening A with a long (#12) string. Little fingers move over forefinger nooses and pick up the far thumb strings. Release thumbs. (2) Thumbs move under the forefinger nooses and pick up the near and far diagonal strings coming from the little fingers. Release the little fingers. (3) Little fingers move over the forefinger nooses and pick up the far thumb strings. (4) Exchange forefinger nooses by using your left forefinger to pick up the right forefinger noose, then your right forefinger to move over and pick up the left bottom forefinger noose, lifting it over the other noose which will pass through it. (5) Middle fingers move over and through the forefinger nooses and pick up, and pull through, both far thumb strings. Release thumbs and forefingers. (6) Thumbs pick up the middle finger nooses. Forefingers then pick up both paired strings that form the diagonal sides of a small triangle at the center of the far little finger string (which forms the third side of the triangle). The forefingers come up through the center of this triangle. (7) Middle fingers move over and through the forefinger nooses and pick up/pull through both far thumb strings. Release thumbs and forefingers. (8) Forefingers pick up the near middle finger strings, and extend this lovely figure.
Arctic, AKA The Caribou
1 OA:rF mo fLS mu S gr rnTS ma-ex up
2 re rT:rF ma-tw rFN:rT pu r2nFS
3 rTF ht-re lFN
4 lF mu-th r2TFN pu-pt lFN held by rTF
5 re lT & rTFN, kl:rT pu rnLS, kl
6 lH up, rH down, shake S into rH, ex, ls lHS
Do Opening A. Right forefinger moves over far little finger string, then moves under all strings to grab the right near thumb string. The right forefinger then moves down, away from you, extending up to its normal position. (2) Release the right thumb. Right forefinger moves away from you, twisting the right forefinger noose 360-degrees. Right thumb picks up both right near forefinger strings. (3) Right thumb and forefinger take hold of the left forefinger noose and removes it. (4) Left forefinger now moves under and through the right two nooses going around the right thumb and forefinger, then picks up the former left forefinger noose held by the right thumb/forefinger without twisting this noose. It goes back on the left forefinger in the same position it was to begin with. Remove the left forefinger from the right thumb/forefinger noose to its normal position. (5) Release left thumb and right thumb/forefinger noose, keeping strings loose. Right thumb picks up the right near little finger string, still keeping strings loose. (6) Raise your left hand up, palm down, and right hand down, palm up. Shake the loose string down into your right hand, then slowly extend the figure letting the strings in the left hand slip. You can arrange the strings as you do so to make different animals: a caribou, giraffe, rabbit, whatever, and mouse as the animal gets smaller.
1 OA:re T:T mu-pu LN (reverse NO)
2 lF mo-pu rFN, rF mo-pu lbFN (tr FN)
3 T mu-pu FN:move XS to r side of figure
4 F mo-th tTN pu-pt bfTS
5 MR mu-th bTN gr-pt tnTS, ht
6 re T, P ma-ex
Do Opening A. Release thumbs. Thumbs move under the forefinger nooses and pick up the little finger nooses. (This ends up the same as a reverse Navaho Opening.) (2) Left forefinger moves over and picks up the right forefinger noose. Right forefinger moves over and picks up the bottom left forefinger noose thereby transfering the right forefinger noose to the left forefinger and the left forefinger noose to the right forefinger. (3) Thumbs move under and pick up the forefinger nooses. Keep nooses separated. Move the crossed strings in the center over to the right side of the figure using your teeth. (4) Forefingers move over, through the top thumb nooses and pick up the bottom far thumb strings pulling them through the top thumb nooses. (5) Middle fingers and ring fingers move under, through the bottom thumb noose, and grab the top near thumb strings pulling them through the bottom thumb nooses. Hold these strings tight so they don’t slip. (6) Release thumbs, and extend palms out, forefingers up. Put your thumbs in the diamonds and extend hands apart, or make this figure using a long string, to make A Snake.
1 OA:T mo S pu nLS
2 M mo FN pu bfTS:re T
3 T mu-th FN de fFS pu-pt fLS:re L
4 T mo FN mu nMS pu fMS:re M
5 F pu tTN:na F, kl
6 T pu nFS:na T, kl
7 M mu-th TN gr-pt tSS ar TN:re T:ex
Do Opening A. Thumbs move over forefinger nooses and pick up the near little finger strings. (2) Middle fingers move over the forefinger nooses and pick up the bottom far thumb string. Release thumbs. (Same as first three steps of Many Stars). (3) Thumbs move under, through the forefinger nooses, grab and depress the far forefinger strings, then pick up the far little finger string pulling it through the forefinger nooses. Release the little fingers. (4) Thumbs move over the forefinger nooses, move under the near middle finger strings, and pick up the far middle finger strings. Release the middle fingers. (5) Forefingers pick up the top thumb noose. Navaho forefingers, keeping all strings loose. (6) Thumbs pick up the near forefinger strings. Navaho thumbs, still keeping strings loose. (7) Middle fingers move under, through the thumb nooses, and grabs/pulls through the top straight string that goes from one thumb noose to the other. Release thumbs, and extend the figure. There are a great many similar figures that represent two of various animals.
1 OA:T mu-th LN md-tw-pu fLS:re L
2 lTF mu-th rTN ht-pt rnFS tr to rF
3 lTF mo-ht r2fFS, re rF:rL mu-pu r2TN
4 tr N in lTF to rT
5 repeat steps 2-4 for lH
6 F md into LN mt-pu 2S on TLN, ex up
7 quickly re T
Do Opening A. Thumbs move under, through little finger nooses, move down, twisting towards you and picking up the far little finger string while returning to its normal position. Release little fingers. (2) Left thumb and forefinger move under, through the right thumb noose, and holds on to the right near forefinger string pulling it through the right thumb noose and transfering it back to the right forefinger. (3) Left thumb and forefinger now grab and holds on to both right far forefinger strings removing them from the right forefinger. The right little finger then moves under and picks up the right thumb noose. (4) Transfer the noose held by the left thumb and forefinger over and onto the right thumb. (5) Repeat steps 2 to 4 for the left hand. (6) Forefingers move down into the little finger nooses, then move towards you picking up the two strings running from the thumb/little finger noose to the center of the figure. Extend forefingers upward tightening the strings. (7) Suddenly release your thumbs and the rain will appear. Even if this figure doesn’t exactly look like rain, it is a beautiful geometrical figure with a dramatic extension.
1 NO (Navaho Opening)
(or OA:re T:T mu-pu LN)
2 L mo-pu nFS, re F:T pu nLS
3 CE:The Calm Sea appears
4 re T:T ma-mu S up-th-pu FN md-tw TN
5 T pu nLS:CE:Two Sardines
or rocks appear
6 repeat steps 4-5 and Four Sardines appear
7 repeat steps 4-5 and Eight Sardines appear…
Do the Navaho Opening. (2) Little fingers move over far forefinger strings and pick up the near forefinger string, releasing the forefingers in the process. Thumbs pick up the near little finger strings. (3) Do the Caroline Extension to make The Calm Sea appear which is represented by the two strings going from thumb to thumb. (4) Release thumbs. Thumbs move away from you under the little finger nooses, then up and through the forefinger nooses picking them up and removing them from the forefingers. Thumb now move out, down, and back towards you twisting the thumb nooses as they return to their normal position. (5) Repeat step 4 to 5 again and Two Sardines or rocks appear. (6) Repeat steps 4 to 5 and Four Sardines appear as shown above. (7) Repeat steps 4 to 5 and Eight Sardines appear…and so on if you have a long, thin, slippery string.
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