Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Paracord cross made with the snake knot


As an alternative to the round and square sinnets, the snake knot can also be used for a paracord cross. I'd made some of these a few months ago, and a friend asked why I hadn't posted them, I get side tracked sometimes...

They use under 4 ft of paracord, just under 2 feet for the top part and 2 ft for the bottom. Make three snake knots with just enough loop for an attachment from the center of one cord, and make six snake knots for the bottom part. Then make three snake knots out each side for the arms, trim and melt the ends off. They can be made without the inner strands of the paracord, but I prefer them in.

...and a comparison with round and square sinnet crosses...

14 comments:

Aayush Bhatnagar said...

lotsa cool stuff on ur blog..u r an artist ! :)

Alicia said...

nice stuff here!

Sharon said...

Wow, this is really cool stuff. Do you sell what you make?

Stormdrane said...

Sharon, I used to sell some, but it wasn't profitable considering my time and expenses. I just do it as a hobby now so I don't get burned out on it.

Anonymous said...

I would appreciate any comments or tips you may have concerning uniformly tighening the knots.

Also, is there any trick to tightening that first knot where the upper and lower parts join to form the arms? No matter how hard I pull it always loosens up when the second one is tied.

Stormdrane said...

I pull hard on the cords to tighten each knot and make sure they're lined up with the previous knot before I work the next cord thru a knot.

When doing the arms of the cross, you have to work them up as close as you can so there's no slack. When you make the second knot, go back and work any slack out of the first knot as it can loosen when you tie the second knot, and then finish tightening the second one.

Psychotic Cow said...

Very cool, very nicely done!

Mike said...

I followed your examples and made some square and round sinnet crosses. I gave one to my brother-in-law whose a vicar. He loves it and uses it as a key-ring. Straight away he pushed a small shiny bead into the hole in the centre and this really set it off. I do this with all of my crosses now. Excellent site BTW. Your projects are brilliant. How do you make them so neat and tidy.

Anonymous said...

I understand how to make the square sinnet and I've made a couple nice tight ones, but I'm having trouble understanding how your getting them into cross form. If there's anyway you could explain it a little different, I"d really appreciate it as I'd like to make a couple for some family members.
Thanks for your blog, I"ve been learning a lot from it!

Stormdrane said...

You can look thru my older posts to find the photo sequence shots I made showing the steps to making a paracord cross. Here's another link for a similar tutorial on KHWW website:

http://www.khww.net/readarticle.php?article_id=62

Ross said...

Can you show pictures of the side of the crosses so I can see how you finish them out ... I made a few and they look great except the sides of the arms

Stormdrane said...

All I've done with the two strands at each end of the snake knot cross, is trim and melt them, nothing fancy. Using a torch lighter gives a quicker, more precise melt to keep the ends neat, but a regular lighter will still work.

And as always, be careful melting paracord. Some folks use the end tip of a pair of scissors or something like a knurled barrel of a pen or tool to flatten out the melted blob of cord, to prevent possible finger burns.

Xander Langschmidt said...

I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if you could revisit it. Perhaps you can make a new post with a step by step instruction. I really love this type of cross, but I really have no clue how to make it.

Anonymous said...

I agree, can we revisit. I really want to learn how to do this one.