Thursday, February 03, 2011

Anchor shackle turks head knots...

I bought a few(3/16" & 1/4") stainless steel screw pin anchor shackles(bow shackle/clevis) at Home Depot, to use with a few key chain carry items: Leatherman Squirt S4, Howler Whistle, ITP A3 EOS LED flashlight. I tied a long two bight turks head knot(21 lead 2 bight) on it with some black and white 0.9mm nylon string.

I had tried ringbolt hitching first, but the stainless steel seemed too slippery for the cord, in keeping the hitching lined up and staying in place, so I untied that and tried again with the turks head knot. With the covering knot work, the shackles resemble miniature beckets, which are the decorative knotted handles on a sailor's sea chest...

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

You should upgrade to PS4 :) yet a nice post.

Anonymous said...

very nice.. i know what my project of the day is. were did you find those small clasps holding everything to the shackle?

Stormdrane said...

The 'small swivel clips' came from enchantingbeads.com.

amsgator said...

what do the shackles run? Do you remember what section they were in at HD?

Stormdrane said...

@amsgator, The small shackle from Home Depot was around $2, located in the aisle with rope/cord/chain/cable. Assorted cordage attachments/accessories are also located there.

mbick said...

Outstanding work, as always. Have been admiring your work for several weeks. Thanks for sharing.

Joe said...

Grwat post, but I have a few questions. What type of needle did you use? How did you tie off the ends? And what is the easiest way to get the second color in there?

Stormdrane said...

@Joe, I used a small Perma-Lok lacing needle with the 0.9mm cord for tying the long 2 bight turks head knot, first with two passes of the primary color, then ran the other color in-between those passes, before working the slack out and tightening up the knot.

The ends were trimmed, quick melt of the ends with lighter to prevent fraying, then tucked the ends under where they started/finished to complete.

I used common whipping on both sides of the turks head knot to finish, with a trim/melt of the ends, and a slight brush of super glue(clear drying) on the ends to further secure them.

Joe said...

Thanx for the response. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the 4L3B,and for that I'm using paracord and churning out neckercheif woggles. Once I master, I'll start on this stuff. Must get needles first!

Anonymous said...

Dear SD,

Can you please tell me how the weave on this bracelet is done?

http://www.ioffer.com/105132077

C.

Stormdrane said...

@C., That type of bracelet can be done with a varying number of strands, but for this example, say 8 working strands, or 4 lengths of cord doubled.

Take the left/1st strand and take an under over under over under over under sequence around each cord to it's right, letting it hang down when it reaches the last strand to the right.

Now you have a new strand at the left that will do the same pattern to towards the right. You continue with each strand until you get your bracelet length.

How you start and finish will vary depending on if you're using a knot/loop closure, buckle, etc... It's a common pattern used for a variety of 'friendship bracelets', and googling may bring up some process photos or videos.

In 'Creative Ropecraft' it's referred to as a 'French Sinnet', shown done with four strands, started from the right, but which ever side you start on, you stay with it...

Stormdrane said...

@C., Here's an image link with '4 strand French Sinnet' pattern start, shown of the process with the 1st diagram on the left, ignore the two other patterns to the right.

Anonymous said...

Argh -- I think blogger just ate my comment. In case it did eat my comment, I'll repeat myself again from memory: Just wanted to say thanks so much for taking the time to explain, because I've learned so much from your blog (turks' heads, monkey's fist, manrope and lanyard knot, crosses, not to mention all kinds of other complicated knotwork). I only just started getting into the weaving side of it...

You're the best.

C.

Recoil Rob said...

Stormdrane,

I'm new to knot craft, just got some paracord and made two duck call lanyards that were a project in Field & Stream.
A basic question, what is the best way to cut and burn the ends of paracord? I use a Bic lighter and the ends always get black before the melt enough. Id like to make them look better. Is there an online tutorial for the basics like this?


thanks, Recoil Rob

Stormdrane said...

@Recoil Rob, I use a torch lighter, for a more precision melt of synthetic cord end strands.

With paracord, I'll pull out about 1/4" of the inner strands, trim them, pull the outer sheath back over them, then quick melt the ends, wait a second, then pinch the ends flat.

You have to be careful to not get burned, doing it that way. Or, use something like the side of a knife blade to quickly flatten the melted end on a hard metal or wood surface, where the cord won't stick. Hope that helps.

capnklump said...

Stormdrane, I really appreciate all your work & post! Your attention to detail is to say the least "unparalelled"... I am undertaking some paracord projects I've seen you & J.T. of TIAT on youtube doing. That being said, I have a couple of questions to ask you if you dont mind.

The Leatherman Squirt S4 you've posted on your blog, is that the same scissor tool you used to cut your ends in your crown sinnet vid on youtube?

Permalock needles...... I ordered a couple of them from Amazon, they were supposed to be "jumbo" size, & when I got them they were not, they were small. Too small in fact, for 550 paracord. Where can I find some permalock needles the same size that you use in your "two bight paracord lanyard" youtube vid?? FYI, I've already looked at Hobby Lobby, & no luck. Anyway thanks so much for the great work, & keep the posts coming!!

Stormdrane said...

@capnklump, I used my Leatherman Micra in the crown sinnet video. I've carried the Leatherman S4 since I found an inexpensive used one on ebay a couple+ years back.

I usually use a pair of Fiskars scissors for cutting various types of cordage for knot work.

The Perma-Lok Jumbo(#1193-02) is the correct needle for paracord, although it looks too small at first. You just need to cut the cord end at an angle, melt it a little, then it'll fit right in. Here's a YouTube video showing how. The Super Jumbo needle is the same diameter as the Jumbo, only longer in length. I use the smaller Perma-Lok needle(#1193-01) for 1.4mm and smaller sized cord.

curchin said...

Nice work as always. When something like this is too slippery I often use a little athletic tape. Might help with that ring bolt hitching.

The Angry Dwarf said...

Did you do these on a mandrel first, or straight on the shackle?

Stormdrane said...

@Angry, I tied and tightened them right on the shackles.