How to Make Chinese Finger Cuffs

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How to Make Chinese Finger Cuffs
Make Chinese finger traps to sell or test on friends. (Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

A Chinese finger cuff, also referred to as a Chinese finger trap, is a hollow, cylindrical tube made from woven paper, thin wood or ribbon. When someone inserts an index finger into each side of the trap and pulls his fingers apart, the trap tightens around the fingers, trapping them. When he places his fingers together, the trap loosens its grip, freeing the captive's fingers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dowel, ½ inch in diameter
  • Ribbon or stiff paper, 2 different colours
  • Craft glue

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  1. 1

    Cut four strips of ribbon or paper, 8-by-1/2 inch apiece.

  2. 2

    Glue the ends of two different-coloured strips together at a 90-degree angle. Repeat this with the other two strips.

  3. 3

    Place a dowel on a flat surface.

  4. 4

    Place the angled end of one pair of strips under the dowel with the pointed side facing up.

  5. 5

    Place the other pair of strips above the dowel so their angle lines up with the pair of strips on the bottom.

  6. 6

    Braid the ribbons around the wooden dowel until the entire length of paper or ribbon is braided. It will look like a diamond pattern.

  7. 7

    Glue the ends of the ribbons in place and slide the finger trap off of the dowel. The finger trap is ready to use when the glue dries.

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