Techniques to tie a folded leg also work on a folded arm, this is often called the chicken wing. It is an added challenge as the skin on the arm is much softer and requires more delicate handling.

Chicken Wing Tie

The different techniques from the previous days can be adapted to tie the arm in a bent position. Keeping the tie simple and fast to untie is an important strategy to mitigate the risks.

In particular, many nerves in the arms are exposed. Tension and placement will be critical at the softest spots: the armpit, the elbow and the wrist. Some may experience nerve impingement symptoms with the position alone. It is important to constantly check the hand motricity to monitor the nerves.

Most importantly, making this tie should be fun. Since it uses less rope than on the leg, the extra rope can be used to bind the arms in fun positions.

Keep it safe! Keep it simple! Keep it fun!

We will go deeper on the upper limb nerves on day 50.

Practice Time!

Pick your favorite technique and the arms folded.

Self evaluation checklist:

  • Is the arm fully bent, can the arm still move at the elbow?
  • Frictions are tight and compact with no undesired twists
  • Tension is even across the tie
  • Move the arm around, does the tie stay in place?
  • Pull the stem in different directions; how does it hold?
  • How is the blood circulation? Does the hand become numb after some time?

Exploration ideas:

  • Try different techniques to create the shape
  • Try different placement of wraps
  • Use the remaining rope to place the arm in different positions

Credit: Basic ties – M: Miss_Soffia R/P: Ebi McKnotty – Placing arms – M: NathanielFlumen R/P: Ebi McKnotty

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