Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dreamcatcher fob

I first used a short section of gutted green paracord to work over a keyring. Then I used white 0.9mm braided nylon cord to make the dreamcatcher knot work over the keyring . And finally taking a length of 550 cord through the Spyderco knife's lanyard hole, looping the ends around the dreamcatcher fob and doing a section of snake knots to finish.

Added a few more photos. There are plenty of online instructions for dreamcatcher tying methods if you google them. You can vary the look by how many hitches you initially make around the ring and how tight/loose you you do them as you go and what cord you use.


I do the dreamcatcher before adding the paracord for the lanyard/fob, so the photo showing the cord looped around the ring is just how/where on the keyring it goes and it'll cover the starting knot of the hitching.

16 comments:

Ken said...

AGAIN! you're pushing the boundaries out on this type of applied nodiology. I'm imagining an encyclopedia of post-whaling-knotwork and your stuff would MOST definitely be in the sennit chapter!

Really nice work....just really, really nice work.

Mauser*Girl said...

That is really cool. How do you get the circle of the dream catcher to stay perfectly circular?

Stormdrane said...

I used a 1.25 inch diameter split ring/keyring for the dreamcatcher circle. Then worked a gutted piece of paracord, that was slightly longer than needed, over the keyring. The longer length kept the ends of the paracord pushed together, completely covering the keyring before I started the dreamcatcher half hitches, with a constrictor knot, over the ends of the paracord.

The snake knot section of paracord is a separate piece that was first run through the lanyard hole and then the working ends are looped over/around the keyring with the snake knots tied around the the cord coming from the lanyard hole back towards the knife, hiding the constrictor knot and where the ends of the paracord keyring cover meet.

dragonhf said...

Wow, you are a true master. Can you post a guide how to make it. I want to make one with the keyring and the snake knot, but without the dreamcatcher. It looks very nice, but I think I can´t never manage do make that dreamcatcher. Thanks. Good work. Thanks for the other guides.

Velu said...

A very neat looking thing storm. Loved the concept of the dreamcatcher.

Wasn't able to follow your blog over the last few days as was out at sea, but I see that you've been busy. :)

Cheers,
Velu

brianb127 said...

Very good SD. You have proven once again to be the best on the web. Keep up the good work.

alixara said...

Very original!

tdean said...

Starting to wonder if you were ok ....no post for awhile should have known you were up to something new! Don't know where you come up with your ideas, but once again very cool! :-)

A.C.D.S.Belgium said...

this is really wonderfull, hats down...

Skeptical One said...

These are really cool Stormdrane!

I have looked at the pictures but still can't figure out how to get the tube of gutted paracord to go around the split ring and not have two loops. Do you end up with two layers? If not, how do you get a single loop?

You have great ideas on paracord projects!

Stormdrane said...

It's just the one piece of gutted paracord. When you feed it around one time, you'll see it covers half the key ring/split ring, continue feeding it around again over the exposed half, and then it'll be completely covered.

Brigid said...

That's really, really cool. I'm still working on the shoelace thing.

HisKitten said...

How do you do that knot that makes the lanyard a spiral shape like in the picture with the two lanyards? One's a spiral and one's flat. What is the name of the spiral knot and how do you do it? Thanks.

Stormdrane said...

The twisted one is commonly called a cobra twist/French hitching/spiral hitching/etc.., which are just a few names for it. You tie a half hitch the same way over and over. An example on a flashlight.

If you alternate the hitches, you get the flat cobra stitch/Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet.

Rhonda said...

Good job, that's great work!

Russ said...

Always great to see some of your gear. I used a similar style lanyard (without the web of the dream catcher to serve as a "pinky retention" device) It allows the user to loosen up one's grip while still keeping control of the attached item. Great for small knives and hand held flashlight.