Friday, February 22, 2013

Some new brass and copper...

I received a couple new Titan skulls last week from County Comm, in brass and copper, along with a new copper Peanut Lighter, and a neat little adjustable sized Twist Vault container.

I gave JD's(TIAT) Double-Ripcord Utility Strap a try with the brass skull for use as a paracord keychain lanyard/fob, using about four feet each of electric blue and bright red paracord, doing a few wall knots on each end to attach the skull and the snap hook.

Also shown is the stainless steel Titan skull, that I added JD's(TIAT) 'Backbone Bar' to, back in 2011.

I added a Gaucho knot to the Twist Vault, with a length of 3/32" dark brown goatskin lace/leather, that I bought from Hobby Lobby(online).

The containers aren't heavy duty/crushproof/waterproof or anything like that, but they are pretty cool for what they are, and you could certainly find all kinds of EDC items to store in them, like matches, pills/meds, batteries, ear plugs/phones, cord, etc..., and toss them in a bag, backpack, pouch, or in your vehicles glove box.

I may try making a small leather pouch for the copper lighter, tying a longer Gaucho knot, but haven't decided yet. I like the way the copper patina develops over time, and may just leave it exposed on a keychain for a while to see how it looks...

JD(of Tying It All Together) was going to add the Double-Ripcord Utility Strap(DRUS) tutorial in his next book, 'Paracord Fusion TiesVolume 2' due out this summer, but decided to leave it out and add something else in its place, so he instead shared the YouTube video earlier this week.

14 comments:

Joseph Rotford said...

I really like the copper! Thinking about picking up a Maratac AAA in copper from CC!

Anonymous said...

Make the twist container waterproof with some silicon calk around the topic the outside you can just peel it off if you need in it

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Russia, Mr. Stormdrane.
My name is Andrey.
We here too braid from paracord, and with interest read Your blog.
You are a MASTER. Thank you for your blog, we teach there.
You can see some of my work here http://stranamasterov.ru/blog/162407
I used some Your ideas.
I wanted know Your opinion.

And photos on your blog is very professional.
Thank you.

Stormdrane said...

@Andrey, Nice collection of work, thanks for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey. You've got some pretty cool stuff. Could show us how to make a parachute cord vest or jacket? That would be awesome

Stormdrane said...

@Anonymous, I tend to stick to simpler projects, but there are others that have done more involved/intensive labor type projects, including making paracord backpacks, hats, even bikinis, lol...

Brigid said...

The copper is stunning.

Daniel Glass said...

cool!

Anonymous said...

Is there anywhere i can find good pewter beads at a decent price? Stuff like spartan helms, tiki heads, etc? And shields, i cant locate shields. Btw, your blog=mind. BLOWN

Stormdrane said...

@Anonymous, Schmuckatelli Co.(link in blog sidebar list) has a been a favorite source for skull beads for a long time, and has a larger selection than they used to.

I have a variety of their newer offerings to use with some future blog posts. ;)

Brenda Hicks said...

How do you get the four strands of gutted cord on a crown sinnet thru a emerson skull bead? I can get two. Maybe a smaller diameter fid? If so where can I get one? Thank you.

Stormdrane said...

@Brenda, If the hole is too small, you can widen it by drilling, and if you don't have a drill press or know someone that has the power tools or has access to a machine shop to safely drill them, you can use needle files to file away enough material and enlarge the skull bead hole to fit your cord through. Hope that helps. ;)

Brenda Hicks said...

The drill press and file option had crossed my mind. I thought there might be another way. I do have access to drill press and files. Thanks for your quick reply and help.

Stormdrane said...

@Brenda, The only other way I've managed to feed cord through a bead's hole that is extremely tight, is to push/pull with hemostats or use a lacing needle, but that can sometimes damage the cord with pulls/snags, so widing the hole on the bead has worked best for me... ;)