There are several ways of mummifying yourself. The one described in the pictures below looks seems quite self-explaining and easy to do, but … wait a bit. Let’s have a closer look at it.

What are you going to wear?

This is a very important question. Sweat makes the tape glue weaker (unless it’s a water-proof sticky tape) and the tape loses the ability to stick. This feature can be used to escape from the cocoon. I would not recommend to be naked even if you are totally epilated – the tape and the glue irritate the skin and may even damage it (think of you sensitive areas).


Pantyhose encasement is a very good candidate, since nylon will protect your skin, allow it to breath and does not prevent the sweat from loosening the glue.

If you want to make your bondage more strict, more restrictive with less chances to escape – apply thin plastic film directly to your skin. In other words: mummify yourself with saran wrap first ;-) Saran wrap will perfectly stick to both your skin and sticky tape and will not let your sweat destroy the cocoon.

If the cocoon is made of several layers of strong waterproof montage sticky tape, using your nails to scratch your way through might not succeed. In other words – most likely you will stuck.

Any additional restraints?

Sure, why not? Rope harness (e.g. karada) is always welcome But think about your arms. If they are tightly bound behind your back (cinch noose + wrist loop), will you be able to make a hole in the tape cocoon to get to the knife?

Tape hood

Same precautions as in the “recommended clothes” plus one. We have a nasty dichotomy here. Glue does not make any good if the tape is applied directly to skin, but at least the hood will stay more or less in place. If you have an inner layer (a pantyhose hood or saran wrap), make more space for air holes, since you have to take into account possible sliding of the whole construction.

And do not make it too tight. When you unroll the tape you apply a significant force, and all that force goes into wrapping. You might not notice that during the wrapping, but when you are done and relaxed, suddenly all that accumulated force of the elastic tape might crush your ears, forehead and nose. So, be aware.

Blindfolding will make aiming and precise rolling much more difficult, but you may apply the last piece of tape at a later phase.

Tape sheet

The most difficult and time consuming part of this method. The size of the sheet, the thickness, the amount of layers, the tape overlap depend on the available space, time, patience and you plan (and ability) to break free. A floor not covered with carpet is recommended. Use small pieces of tape to “nail” the sheet to the floor at several places so it does not skew or slide away when you roll into it.

Aiming and placing yourself on the sheet

Ideally, To correctly place yourself on the sheet, you would need all your limbs and vision. And correct measurements. For example, you may label the spots where your knees should be with coloured tape. It’s something like playing twister where you have to suspend yourself in mid-air and keep balance on two-three points while slowly trying to reach the third or fourth ;-)

Since you can’t undo your wrong movements without disturbing or even ruining your clothes or the sheet, do that in stages and keep your weight on three points (think of rock climbing). First your knees. Then, if the sheet should cover your whole length, the toes.

Can you do push-ups with only your left arm? This is what you need to be able to do. Carefully lower yourself onto the tape perpendicular to the tape layers. Do not touch the tape with your hands yet, only your chest and lower body.

Now this is the time to apply gags (if not done yet), blindfolds, to tie your wrists together or complete the hogtie (like on the picture – try before if you can roll or move at all in this position. It’s very difficult!) Glue the left side of the sheet to your left side. Note the direction to roll to and … move to the point of no return.

Rolling

This is where everything might and usually go wrong if you are blindfolded. Shoulders are wider than ankles. To simplify, imagine that the body (unless the belly is significantly bigger ;-) is cone shaped. If you try to tightly wrap your ankles, your head will move in a circle: the center is your toes, your body is the radius, your head “draws” a circle. But the sheet is rectangular. See what happens? You risk to wrap your head in the sheet.

It happened with me (see Breath control art, plastic bags or thin transparent film. Part V Kids, self-bondage and asphyxia), it happened with Anne (see Self mummification + warning with video).

Solutions? Several.

1. One of them is shown on the pictures. Hogtie increases the circumference of the low part of your body.

2. Another one is not to apply the blindfolds until you are completely mummified. You can leave a piece of tape on a sponge at “the end of the road”. Try not to close the “air gates” shut.

3. Make the sheet in the shape of the lateral surface of a cone. What brings us back to the “Tape sheet” section.

While that would be the ideal solution, it will require some homework to be done (you have to mark and measure the track your shoulder make during rolling) and some tapework craftsmanship ;-)

I would advice to make a reusable paper or plastic (from garbage bags) template and test it by rolling into it with your eyes closed.

Escape

I’ve read a real story where the guy had to call for help because the cocoon was so tight that his breathing was restricted, he could not get free and had to call for help. It was extremely embarrassing, but at least he’s still alive to tell the story. So never overestimate your abilities.

The usual escape is to use you fingers to break through the layers, make a hole, than grab a knife and cut through the rest of the shell. You can also take a knife “with you”, but please don’t lose it inside the cocoon and do not cut yourself.

If you know other ways (especially with time release), please let us know.