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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Paracord wrist lanyards with sliding leather turks head knots...

I had a couple of feet of leftover leather lace, and used them to tie these single pass, five lead four bight(5L4B) turks head knots, tightened over wooden beads, which can slide along the loop for adjustment.

The wrist lanyards were made with about 30 inches of foliage green paracord, forming a wrist loop, tying a lanyard knot, running one strand around the swivel snap hook, then working it back into the lanyard knot, so no ends are visible.

And a few more made with some various colors of suede cord/lace from wallyworld...

15 comments:

Colin said...

Stormdrane, hi. Great work as usual.
I placed an order with Comlax on Monday and nothing has been shipped and I cant get a hold of anyone. Do you know if they are still in business? Are they usually this slow, or is this unusual. I'm sorry to bug you with this. I'd seen on the khww site that you have used them before.
Thanks for any info you might have.

Colin

Stormdrane said...

@Colin, Their website is up and running, so you might try calling them during business hours to check on your order. I've not ordered anything recently, but when I did order, everything was fine...

Anonymous said...

You are the best Stormdrane. ;-)


Manny.

Anonymous said...

Your work is inspirational and your tutorials are great. Thanks for posting them

What size beads did you use for the sliding turks heads and where did you get them? Also do you have a source for the other beads that you use for your projects?

Thx
Wally

Stormdrane said...

@Wally, The wooden beads came from Walmart, in the craft section. I've found similar ones at Michaels craft stores. They're about 1/2" tall and 7/16" wide, and the holes vary in size, but I look for about a 1/4" hole to be able to pull a loop of ungutted paracord through them. The ones with smaller holes will usually fit a loop of gutted paracord or smaller diameter cord.

I also use a round file to smooth out/ream the bead holes, so there's not splinters to snag the cord.

If the lanyards are to be used in a constantly wet environment, you might first give the beads a coat of polyurethane or other protectant before using them.

Finding beads with a hole large enough for paracord is a challenge, so I like to see them in person before buying, at places like Michaels and Hobby Lobby, unless you find some online that give the bead hole's measurement to know it should fit the cord you're using for a lanyard... YMMV

Denear said...

Hi Stromdrane,
As usual you are an inspiration. I have been lurking here for more than a year but finally took the plunge back in late November of this year. I must say, my family sure did deplete my stock of fobs, lanyards and misc paracord items at xmas. I am an avid (addicted) sailor, so knots have always been interesting pastime, now even more so thanks in part to you and other knotters around the net.
A quick question if I may; How did you terminate the leather lace wrappings? A dab of crazy glue perhaps.
Terminations are my biggest challenge, they seems to be the most difficult aspect for me. They are not clean looking!! Strange it isn't the knots themselves.
Thanks for all you do. Have a great day.
Denear

Stormdrane said...

@Denear, Yep, a little Krazy glue/Loctite/super glue(brush-on type) where I trimmed the ends and where the leather meets the bead around the hole edge. I've also used the glue to coat the knot work of the nylon cord knotted beads.

Anonymous said...

Hi, SD.

I came across this link, thought you might enjoy it:

http://www.marlinespike.com/necklaces.html

Thanks for all the knotwork.

Josie said...

Very cool. We are planning some travels this summer and I recently purchased a spool of paracord, now I have some ideas with ways to pass the time AND have something useful,too. Thanks for the tips.

Anonymous said...

Hi Stormdrane. i just thought i would let you know i came up with a way to make a lacing needle with the paracord itself. i guess it doesn't apply to this project but i guess for paracord projects. what i did was i took a lighter and melted about three inches of the running end until it was stiff. just run the lighter under it back and forth on all sides and it gets stiff and you can use it instead of the permalock needle if you don't have one like me. by the way i love your projects. they are really fun.
thanks,
Gabe Oleinik

Anonymous said...

What Inner diameter bead do you use that will fit 2 pieces of 550 cord? Thanks man and awesome blog!

Stormdrane said...

The bead's hole diameter is around 1/4", to fit 2 strands on ungutted paracord.

adrianis said...

HI!

I don't know where to ask this..

Would you create a sort of necklace for holding a guitar pick?

Thanks!!

Stormdrane said...

@adrianis, I have made a paracord guitar pick holder, and just have to put up a blog post for it...

adrianis said...

Excellent! thanks!!!