Frequently Asked Questions
What ropes did you use in this video?
Literally out most frequently asked question, and the answer is always at the beginning of the video and usually in the accompanying information.
Is this tie suitable for suspension?
Our second most frequently asked question, especially on our videos,
Firstly, if you have to ask, if you can't tell by watching the video, then I personally think you're not ready for suspendig people. but.
Generally you should presume that no, it is not, we may start doing videos on suspension ties in the future but you will see the tie being used for suspension in the video.
Who are the girls in your photos/videos? I want to tie them up!
You should always presume that the people in our videos are models, professionals and amateurs, and they are modelling for us in a professional capacity. Some choose to be anonymous so they will remain that way, those who don't are identified with the video and you may choose to contact them and ask to tie them, if you are not a competant rigger and photographer, or aren't arranging a shoot where both of those things are involved, then they're probably going to say no, but that's up to them.
Some of our photos may give you the impression that some kind of play or scene was happening at the time, you get that impression because I want to give you that impression, my published work is not an insight into my bedroom activities, you really would be surprised at the reality of even the most erotic photoshoot.
Which ropes do You use most often?
Our Riggers Kit was made in reply to this common question, it contains 3x 10 metres, enough for very extensive torso ties, 6x 5 metres for simpler ties and tying limbs together, 6x 2.5 metres for tying limbs to things or single limbs, also used to attach suspension-ties to a fixed-point. 6mm Hempex is the rope we usually go for, it looks like natural hemp but as we tie lots of different people it's much easier to wash, it's also lighter which is a factor when you are carrying it through a city on public transport, around a club all night or around some awesome derelict factory in darkest wales for a day. The kit also includes a storage bag and both EMT shears and a rope cutter, which are essential safety items, EMT Shears for normal rope-cutting needs but the cutter is much better, easier and faster for cutting someone out of ropes Right Now.
How do you choose your products?
We've been tying people up for years, our rope types, lengths and combinations are chosen from extensive experience tying a lot of different people for a range of reasons. We don't just tie at home in the bedroom, we also tie in clubs, studios, outdoor locations for fun, performances and photo/video shoots. Hardware is chosen by looking around at various related industries and trying-out what they use, anything that works efficiently and safely and looks good as well as just 'feeling right' is added to our own gear and if we can find a source at a reasonable price, added to our store. We've tried out a huge amount of gear that wasn't selected for various reasons, we usually test to destruction as well as in a range of environments before bringing an item into normal use and most things we test don't pass. A few things we use are too expensive to realistically retail but we've decided to add them to the store anyway (coming in 2016), selling things with such little profit isn't a great business plan but we see it as part of the service.
How should I care for my ropes?
There is an information page here, but briefly you should try to keep your ropes clean and free from debris, you can wash them in a washing machine inside a laundry bay (or old pillowcase), cool washes are best but you can treat them as clothes (synthetic ropes on a synthetic cycle, cotton and hemp on a cottons cycle (cottons can shrink in higher temperatures)), you can use detergent and softener and hang to dry afterwards, laid ropes, especially hemp, like to be stretched before and after drying and hemp (and jute) likes a little oil once dry. Store dry and coiled somewhere out of direct sunlight, most of our ropes are either in storage boxes or on shelves in the studio. Discard any rope that's contaminated with blood and don't use rope contaminated with body fluids on another person until properly washed.
I don't like the smell of my Hemp Rope!
Hemp is a natural fibre, a type of grass, different hemp from different sources has different aromas but essentially it's going to smell a little 'grassy' (or 'like a farmyard' to some people), some love the smell and some don't, it is strongest on new freshly-processed rope so if you don't like it then it will fade over time, with use and after further washing, you can treat it with 'febreze' or similar if you really don't like it, or if it's unused you can exchange it for Hempex or Cotton.
If you do love the smell then using Hemp Oil (either straight or a blend with Mineral Oil) after washing and drying will help it remains 'hempy' (you can use a good-dose of fabric softener during washing instead of oiling afterwards).
What oil should I use on my Hemp Ropes?
Very much a personal preference, a wide range of oils and even waxes are used on hemp ropes. Some say that rope only used on one person doesn't need washing or oiling as the bodys oils take care of that, that can work is used regularly but it can get somewhat 'musty' if it's stored for a long time like that. We tie many different people so all of our ropes are washed, the hemp is treated with a 50/50 blend of Hemp Oil and Mineral Oil, we use organic massage-grade hemp oil and unfragranced 'baby oil'. If you try an oil and don't like it then just wash it and try again.
There are two good ways to apply the oil:
- Loosely coil the ropes on a hard easy-to-clean surface (wooden floor or bathtub) and spray the oil using a spray bottle, you're just aiming to get it very slightly damp (maybe 10 sprays for 10-50 meters of rope, very approximately), then flip the bundle of rope over and repeat, finally run the ropes through your hands from end-to-end to spread out and work-in the oil. The surface will need cleaning with some detergent to break-down the oil afterwards.
- Apply some oil liberally to a cloth or your hands and run the ropes through your cloth/hands from end-to-end a couple of times, this is our preferred method but you need to take care not to get the rope too wet at the beginning, the above spray method is easier to 'measure'.
Nope, only Hemp and Jute, cotton does benefit from some fabric softener when washing but so do other ropes, including Hemp and Jute if you'd prefer not to use oils (it's lazy but you can do it that way).
Why is your Hemp rope different from hemp rope from xyz supplier?
There are various places around the world that grow hemp for rope production, also there are different factories that process the plants then fibres and also different factories making the fibres into rope, finally there are some variations in how people process raw hemp rope into bondage-ready ropes, these factors all add-up to different ropes from different retailers, our raw hemp rope comes from a factory in Germany which sources it's fibres from various places depending on the time of year. If you like our ropes then we may be the only place to get rope exactly like it, however if you don't like it you can shop around for one you do like. There is also some variation in our cotton ropes and our synthetic hemp (hempex) but it's less noticeable.
How long will my order take to arrive?
This depends on a few things, most ropes are in-stock and are cut-to-length for orders and kits when ordered, some ropes may need to be ordered-in, dyed rope and supersoft processing each take around a week.
We normally ship once per week, more often during busy periods, if your order is urgent you can contact us with details of what you'd like to order to check if it's in stock and if we are available to dispatch quickly, next-day shipping is often possible. In the UK we ship by Royal Mail First Class or Special Delivery which is normally next-day, Europe is normally delivered within a week of dispatch, the rest of the world is usually just over a week but there can be delays, International Economy shipping option is surface-mail and can take up-to 56 days.
What are your shipping costs?
All of our shipping is cost-price as published by Royal Mail, we've made a table of costs by weight along with some more information about shipping. We don't charge extra for packaging or 'handling', we charge you what it costs us to move your order from us to you.
Can I collect my order in-person?
Yes this is available by appointment, we don't have a retail shop as we're online-only but you can collect orders from Cambridgeshire UK, PE27.
Select 'collection' as your delivery method and contact us to arrange a date, it normally takes a few days to prepare your order but if you are collecting to save time we may be able to rush it for you.
Can I arrange my own courier for my order?
This is possible by special arrangement, select the 'collection' option when checking-out and send us an email explaining you'd like to arrange a courier. We will process and pack your order then send you the parcel dimensions and weight & available dates to arrange the collection, you can then arrange your courier and forward us the labels and collection date.
What is your returns policy?
Due to the nature of the product, ropes can only be returned if they are unused, you can uncoil them to have a look and feel but if they've been tied to bare skin they can't be considered 'new'. This only applies to ropes you have changed your mind about, any ropes that are faulty, either through original manufacturing or processing, can be returned if you only discover the fault when tying someone, take a photo of the fault and send us a message describing it. Essentially we are about looking after our customers, if you have a problem or concern then send us a message, be a polite and courteous customer and we'll go above-and-beyond to help you, be an unpleasant customer and you'll only get the letter-of-the law from us, fairs fair.
What do you do besides sell rope?
We do quite a lot as well as this retail business! Teaching rope bondage is our favourite work, we specialise in 1-2-1 (and 1-2-2) tuition tailored to each individual, we also work a lot with Photographers and Videographers helping them create fantastic bondage images and footage, from art to porn we cover it all in that service, of course we do a lot of bondage photography too, it's what we're possibly best known for, our books and prints will be coming to the site soon but we can be hired to shoot too. Finally we just tie people up, both personally and professionally, if someone wants to experience being in rope bondage and can't find anyone skilled and safe enough then they come to us. It's definitely not all work though, we started-out tying for fun and we're still doing that.
Who is the 'us' behind BeautifulBondage.net?
The main person is Mark, owner and doing 90% of the work, there are also a handful of models and a couple of photographers that are involved in many activities, particularly teaching and events as well as just bouncing ideas around and testing gear in different scenarios. More info here.
More frequently asked questions coming in the future when more questions get asked more frequently.....
no, that's not my penis...