Saturday, August 02, 2014

Pico Pulls to zip things up...

County Comm sent me a couple of their Waterproof Pico Pulls, one in brass and another in delrin.  I added the brass one to one of the zippers in my jacket and the delrin model to a pocket organizer.

Both were tied with short two-strand wall knot sinnets, each using less than a couple of feet worth of paracord, ends trimmed and melted in place with a wood burning tool.






I put several aspirin in the delrin pull, and a folded up bill of cash fit in the brass one.  That's a $1 bill, lol, need to save up for something larger to go in there.


 

I had a four foot long strand of paracord leftover from the twenty foot length that I used on the bat light grip in the previous blog post.  I used it to tie a chain sinnet as a keyring fob, adding one of the pewter Aquilo Sugar Skull beads that Schmuckatelli Co. sent me a few months ago, finishing with a lanyard knot.
 

12 comments:

Tim ODonnell said...

This blog is a wonderful site. I have learned many useful knots. I especially like the small pieces that end a product. These little knots coupled with small loops attached to a pocket look so nice and clean and really accent the tool.

Thanks

Tim

Alan Maynard said...

885For the life of me I could not get the $1.00 bill rolled or folded to fit with the cap on. I folded it in fourths; did you do it in fifths?

Stormdrane said...

@Alan, I folded the bill in half lengthwise, then half again where its height would allow it to fit inside the pull(4ths sounds right), then folded it a couple more times before rolling it the rest of the way and tucking it inside. ;)

MAD 69 said...

Can you describe the wood burning tool used to melt the cord ends? I have made a few zipper pulls for friends and I have been sewing the ends into the weave - it just takes too much time doing this, thanks

Stormdrane said...

This is the model wood burning tool that I have, and it comes with a couple of different tips. I use the leaf shaped tip most often, wide then narrows at the tip.

MAD 69 said...

Thanks for the link, I was looking at hot knives, wonder which would work better...

Alan Maynard said...

So many times I have finished a project and it came out looking like it should. Then during the sealing process I scorch it, words of frustration are uttered, and have to start over. I will try the electric wood burning iron and hope that does the trick. Thanks for the tip.

Stormdrane said...

The wood burning tool/soldering irons can take a little practice to get used to them.

The melted cord will turn black on the tool tip and transfer to the cord, so wiping it clean with an old piece of leather or cotton cloth between applications can help, careful not to burn yourself though.

With dark colors it's not an issue, but with lighter colors it would be noticeable, so a clean tip and a quick application of the heated tool to the cut cord ends can make a neat and secure finish to a project. ;)

Biomedman82 said...

Great Post!

Just one question though. Is there any way you can explain how you got both the pico pull on the bottom end still able to attach the whole paracord to the zipper? Im getting back into the swing of knot tying and I cant seem to wrap my head around this knot. thanks a bunch.

Stormdrane said...

I run the paracord through the pico pull attachment first, centering the pull along the cord length, then run both working ends through the zipper pull attachment and adjust the length I want for the cord/pull at.

Then I knot down around those core strands between the pull and the zipper pull with the working ends. You can look at my snake knot wrist lanyard tutorial to see an example of knotting down around the core strands. Hope that helps!

Biomedman82 said...

It sure does. Thanks a bunch. If you don't mind, if I have some questions, can I contact you?

Stormdrane said...

I can receive email at Stormdrane (at) hotmail (dot) com and try to answer what questions I can, when I get a chance.

I often get questions/comments from email/private messages/blog/youtube/instrucables/multiple forums/facebook/twitter/google+/etc. that cans sometimes require time researching info/links for a response while weeding out the spam, but I try to get to them all if I can.

If a question is about something out of my wheelhouse, I usually refer folks to other sources(IGKT Forums/FusionKnot Forums/Knot Everything website or one of the many knotting facebook groups ~some in my blog's links list) where there are more knowledgeable knot tyers than myself that may know better explanations/solutions. ;)