Saturday, August 05, 2006

Braided Paracord Dog Leash

Here's a 6 foot long navy blue and orange 4-strand diamond braid "Auburn Tigers" paracord dog leash. I used 40 feet of paracord(20 ft navy blue and 20 feet orange). Find the middle of the cords, attach to a snap hook(you can find the snap hooks at Wal-Mart in the hardware section), and start braiding down from there. Braid enough past 6 feet for the wrist strap and finish with a square sinnet, trim and melt the ends. I use about a foot or so of paracord to bind(whipping type binding, trim and melt the ends) to the main part of the leash for a wrist loop.

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9 comments:

Wm. said...

I'm going to make one of these for my mother-in-law. *gulp* Sure hope it comes out as nice as yours!

When closing the loop to create the handle, would it be possible/practical/better/worse to try to splice the four cords back into the already braided section of leash than just shipping it down?

Thanks.

- Will E.

Stormdrane said...

Splicing would be better, but I'm not very good at it, so that's why I finished it like I did.

George said...

Storm i made one of these and it came out great. I also ade a collar using side using small side release and a cobra stitch. My question is this, I have yet to find a way to finish the cobra to make it permanent. Im trying to keep it not too bulky it is a yorkie and its neck is a 1 3/4" across. So far all i have come up with is a reef knot.

Stormdrane said...

You might try using smaller diameter cord to keep the size down, maybe 2mm or 3mm sized(look for climbing accessory cord or just the size and 'cord' when searching).

And if making it like the bracelet and melting the ends with a lighter doesn't feel permanent, an inexpensive soldering iron(I bought a battery powered model at Radio Shack for $10) will work even better and give you more control on melting the ends making it more secure. You could run a needle/thread to back that up. I've done it a few times when I didn't like the melt/finish I did and couldn't use the lighter again without making a mess of it. Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

O yes Thank you i will try with the soldering iron. maybe even even some 1 mm cord. Its funny you make one and all of the sudden there are 10 requests. Thank You

Utopia028 said...

Are you planning on making this into a tutorial? if youre not thats fine i know you prob dont have alot of free time but i was just trying to figure out how you did this...

Stormdrane said...

The boondoggleman.com site has good tutorials for the diamond/spiral braides used. A better finish for the hand loop would be with splicing(still a weak point for me) and maybe covering that with a turk's head knot. =)

Jeremy said...

i am thinking about making one of these leashes for my brother's lab. do you think a four strand braid like that would be strong enough for a 65 lb dog or should i go with a cobra weave? im worried the cobra weave would be too rigid for a leash.

Stormdrane said...

@Jeremy, A four strand paracord braid is very strong and would work just fine with a large dog.