* Take the whip finish tool in your right hand and place it behind the thread. Now take the thread * Still keeping tension, hook the thread with the tools upper arm.
* Now turn the tool away from you in a clockwise direction whilst simultaneously raising the tools handle up to a horizontal position. If your tool is of the rotatable kind it will work with you, simply turn over the tool by putting pressure on the upper arm whilst raising the handle. The tool will spin clockwise leaving the handle fully horizontal with the bumped arm uppermost and the thread forming an inverted figure
* Keeping tension on the thread in your left hand whilst making sure it remains in line with the shank, raise your tool up (clockwise) 180 degrees - keeping that handle horizontal - around and back down the other side. The vertical thread coming off the hooked arm will have crossed over its horizontal counterpart leaving it trapped firmly to the shank. Keep winding up and over whilst moving forward towards the eye in neat touching turns. Numbers of turns vary but between four and six is the norm.
* To finish, slide the bumped arm slowly towards the hook eye whilst slightly raising the handle, slide it forward until the arm passes underneath the eye of the hook and the thread no longer forms an inverted figure 4.
* Now slip the bump out of the loop leaving it connected to the tools remaining arm. Slowly pulling the thread in your left hand will draw the tool closer to the shank; thus closing the loop. Keep pulling until you meet the hook, and slip the tool out of the loop whilst simultaneously pulling (gently) on the thread in your left hand.
* That`s it, your thread should now be firmly locked underneath itself. To finish just trim the tag end and varnish your head.