Marking a paracord lanyard

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Marking a paracord lanyard

Post by Absintheur » Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:25 pm

Here is a step by step method of creating a paracord lanyard. I know a few of the pics are a little out of focus but you can still easily follow the step involved. Edited with clearer pictures.

1. Materials...Here I am using contrasting color to make it easier to follow the knots. You can use 1 or 2 colors...just personal preference. Here the green is32 inches and the orange is 28. The difference is because the green is making the loop and extra length is used. Also you will need a lighter to seal the ends and a bead or clip to hold the loop. Binder clips work well. Cut and gut the paracord removing all inside strands and seal the ends.

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2. If you use a bead use one of the interior strands to pull the loop through the bead.
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If you use a binder clip just clip it on at the length you want the loop to be.

3. first step in tying

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4. next

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5. next

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6. next

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7. carefully pull knot tight, it should en up looking like this. You may have to work the knot a bit to form the square. pull till it looks about like the pic.

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8. next knot is basically the same start with the vertical (north/south) strands

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9. next run the horizontal (east/west) strands through

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10. pull tight, I normally just tug in opposite directions till the knot is tight. Make sure this knot is as tight as possible. Repeat and the pattern will start showing

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11. Keep repeating till you run out of cord or you reach the desired length. When you reach the length you want snip a strand to about 1/4 inch and melt...don't burn just slowly melt it. Once melted I use the top of the lighter to smear it gently.

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12. you can cut an melt 2 of the strands and leave a tail or do all 4...it's up to you...

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If you don't use a bead the top will look like this...of course you can always add a bead later using the method in step 2.

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Beads or not, tails or not...make your lanyard the way you want it. I use quite a few colors to match the scale colors and use different lengths, even will add in a mini pry bar sometimes. Have fun with it and use them. I leave the lanyard hanging out of my pocket to make getting that knife out easier rather than having to reach in and dig it out. Works for cell phones, and keys as well.

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Re: Marking a paracord lanyard

Post by philco » Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:01 am

Thanks for a well thought out and presented tutorial. ::tu::

I recall making a lanyard or two back in the distant past as a Boy Scout, but I had long since forgotten how it was done. ::dang:: Thanks for the lesson.

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Post by MITCH RAPP » Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:38 am

8) Thanks! Very Cool! ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by knifemaker3 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:25 am

Cool! I've always wondered how that was done. Thanks!
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Re: Marking a paracord lanyard

Post by needbucks » Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:25 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. I have tied a few here lately and use the clip to hold my loop. I have been wondering, though, what keeps the bead in place. Is there something to do that or is it free to slip up and down the loop?
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Re: Marking a paracord lanyard

Post by Absintheur » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:30 pm

It's free to move but most beads fit pretty tightly with two strands of paracord running through them. If the bead moves too much when you are starting the weave you can place a clip behind it or just tie an loose overhand knot behind it to keep it from moving when you tighten the first couple of knots.

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Re: Marking a paracord lanyard

Post by needbucks » Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:31 pm

Thanks for the tutorial and the info. Now I know. ::tu::
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Re: Marking a paracord lanyard

Post by Absintheur » Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:10 am

Like I said have fun with this and try variations. Here is on I made using a long bead at the bottom of the weave, the bead has a different design on all sides. To attach I simply knotted in the bead opening and melted to lock it, it is not loosening at all after a week of EDC but I may flow a good two part epoxy into the remaining gap just for good measure.

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Post by rangerbluedog » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:23 am

Another reason this is such a cool site. I find myself with a little extra time on my hands. I sits and thinks, "now is a good time to make myself one of those paracord lanyards for my electrician's knife."
But darn I forgot how to do it. Thanks to the good old search feature, I see that Absintheur wrote a tutorial a year ago! Thanks Abs!
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Re: Marking a paracord lanyard

Post by rangerbluedog » Thu May 20, 2010 12:03 am

Woo hoo, I done it! ::ds::
Thanks again absintheur for a fine tutorial. I used brown leather cause I'm having a tough time finding paracord in this hick town. ::disgust::
(and thanks to Johnnie Rotten, who provided this mighty fine Kershaw Chive as my first victim.)
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Post by johnnierotten » Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:55 pm

Good job,Blue. ::tu::

I wish I had seen this thread before I had already ordered some. ::dang::
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Post by rangerbluedog » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:56 pm

It's addictive. I just made this one with pacing beads using some genuine paracord that Junebug sent.
Nows I can keep track of how many birds I shoot and how far I had to walk to find 'em! ::nod::
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Re: Marking a paracord lanyard

Post by johnnierotten » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:31 pm

Those look great ,Blue....I'm going to give it a try. 8)

Thanks for the tutorial,Absintheur. ::tu::
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Re: Marking a paracord lanyard

Post by Jeffrey » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:49 pm

Im gonna have to give this a try to! ::tu::
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