Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cross Knot Paracord Cross Pendant...

In keeping with the recent 'cross knot' posts, here's a small cross knot paracord cross pendant/fob/zipper pull/lanyard, made with a couple of short leftover paracord strands.

I tied four knots for the vertical section, then tied one for the horizontal, pulled those strands through the back of one of the vertical section knots, and tied another knot. The end strands were trimmed and melted to finish, but sewing them in place with a needle and thread or using a drop of superglue would also work to secure the ends...

And another done with gutted paracord and shown on bead chain with dog tags. I used an 18" piece of paracord for the vertical section with four knots, and a 12" piece for the horizontal section with two knots. Those lengths allowed enough slack to tie the knots before tightening them and trimming the excess. Using some brush on superglue/krazy glue, that dries clear, to finish is optional...







24 comments:

waykno said...

I like this a lot. Is there a link to show the steps?

Stormdrane said...

@waykno, No process photos, but it's really just two lengths of paracord with 'cross knots'.

Tie four knots in one strand, worked close together, then tie one knot with the second strand, bring the cord strands through the second knot of the first strand, tie another knot, and trim the ends to finish.

mccordcomm said...

Was wondering if you take requests or you can provide some feedback.

I have a backpack that I use fairly regularly and I'd like to cover the top carrying strap with paracord. The problem I have is I see instructables on how to make all of these really cool belts and straps, but I haven't seen how you would make one AROUND another. The goal would be to make the strap more durable and more comfortable to carry. The current strap is just a standard nylon strap like here http://techdadreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/14-inch-Laptop-Backpack-DLBP-114-deep-grey.jpg.

Any suggestions?

Stormdrane said...

@mccordcomm, for a bag/pack handle wrap, you might try something similar to this cobra stitch/Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet for a grip, or perhaps a turks head knot...

waykno said...

I thank you kindly SD. Your work is admirable and so is your attitude toward we followers :)

Dan said...

That is cool! Love the silver paracord you used there. I think you can make some pretty nice zipper pulls with a little modification.

Scott or Pam said...

Looks great! I will give it a try, thanks for what you're doing here!

Anonymous said...

Very cool. A great little thing to make with leftover cord. Going to make a few.

C. said...

Very nice. I've missed your crosses.

Custom Lanyards said...

Awesome site. I'm pretty sure my boss would agree. Keep the posts coming!

Anonymous said...

SD - can you tell me what length of paracord you use to make these cross fobs?

Stormdrane said...

@Anonymous, For the gutted paracord cross, 18 inches of cord for the vertical section with four knots, 12 inches for the horizontal piece with two knots.

For the paracord with inner strands intact, I used close to the same lengths, maybe slightly longer.

This is more than is actually used in the finished crosses, but the extra length is needed to tie the knots, then the excess is trimmed to.

michael said...

like your blog man. first post. this was really cool looking. took me an hour to make because i had to learn how to tie the knot. i am new to this paracord thing. thanks

Anonymous said...

Hey my name is blake would you be interested in selling me one of these? Iv tried very hard to make it but i just cant seem to do. I was going to give it to my father for his birthday. PLease E-mail me at blake_dean12@yahoo.com

Stormdrane said...

@blake, I'm not currently making any to sell, but I'd encourage you to keep trying until you get the hang of the knot.

You may find some folks on ebay, etsy, or various online forums, that do custom request paracord work, to make you one.

MKB said...

The cross knot? Is it listed in ABOK? I don't have immediate access to my copy at the moment. (loaned out)

Stormdrane said...

@MKB, Yes, it's in the ABoK #799, Ashley says the knot is from a Japanese book. It may also be elsewhere in ABoK, as many knots in the book are referenced more than once.

Tammy(squinter96@ayhoo) said...

I'm new to this exciting world of knots. Would it be too much to ask for a tutoral how to make the small cross knot paracord cross? This may sound stupid, but I don't know how to make a cross knot and these would be GREAT gifts as bookmarks for Christmas. I would be sincerely grateful for your efforts.

Anonymous said...

How did you get the silver colored penny?

Stormdrane said...

@Anonymous, It's not a silver colored penny, it's a black and white photo with light reflecting off the penny. But,you can still find/buy 1943 steel pennies that were minted during World War II.

George said...

Stormdrane, Sir I come to you to ask if you could please help me solve my madness, I've been trying to figure how to do the flat gutted pendant for about three days now with no luck. If you could please help me solve this Sir.

George said...

Sir, Is there anyway you can add pictures or instructions for the gutted version? What knot is used? Thank You Sir!

Stormdrane said...

@George, The 'cross knot' is the knot used, just as described in the blog post. I have other posts on the 'cross knot' with links to an 'instructable' showing how to tie it, and have '2' different YouTube videos that also show how to tie the knot. Look at those and learn to tie the 'cross knot'.

Once you know how to tie that knot, just follow the description in this blog posting:

Tie four of the cross knots, working the slack out between each as you tie them, for the vertical section of the cross. Then with a separate strand, tie one cross knot, pull the cords through the back of the four knot section, tie one more cross knot and you have the cross. Clear drying super glue or Mod Podge can be used to stiffen up the finished cross.

It can be done with the cord gutted or not, it just changes the size/thickness of the finished cross, the knots are the same.

Marko Gorc said...

Hey!

I made a tutorial on how to make a paracord cross using your technique. I find that the gutted paracord version has a cleaned look, so I prefer using that one.
Naturally I quoted you for the inspiration, since I am pretty sure I found the knot idea here.

Mark