Sunday, July 12, 2015

A few recent projects...

Schmuckatelli Co. sent me some of their new Mini Vinnie Garoon Cowboy Beads, in pewter and black oxide finishes, and I've used them with a few recent projects.  I worked them in with a paracord wrist lanyard, neck lanyard, and boonie hat band tassles finished with blimp knots.

Shown with the alternating lanyard/diamond knot paracord neck lanyard is a cool new Victorinox Yeoman MS Swiss Army Knife, that SwissBianco gave me while I was hanging out at his booth during the Blade Show last month.

Just two strands of paracord were used for the neck lanyard, starting with around a six foot length of the camo and about four feet of black.  From the center of the camo I measured down to the snap hook for the finished length I wanted, wrapping both ends around the swivel end of the hook, and also centered the black strand around the swivel.  
Then I tied a lanyard knot with the black paracord around the other strands, the two camo working ends and the neck loop, and tightened up the knot.  Next I tied another lanyard knot, this time around the neck loop strands and the two black paracord strands, then tightened that knot up, and continued the alternating tying of those knot until I have four black and three camo.  

After that I added the mini lanyard beads to the four working end strands, trimmed the ends off at the length I wanted them, then melted the cord ends of each with my lighter (Z-plus insert in a Zippo body) and pressed the melted end against the side of my lighter to flatten the end out where it would be too large to pull back through the bead, making it secure.  I also decided to add a safety break-away clasp to the neck loop, so cut that loop at the center to add those parts.

A few other projects were made with the medium and large setting knitting spools that the Jig Pro Shop sent me to try out, using different types and sizes of cord.  I rarely use more than two or three pins for the lanyards I make, but it's nice to have the options to use more with the Jig Pro Shop spools. 

Spool knitting some cord then adding to a boonie hat (lots of different potential ways to work it around the branch loops of the hat) is a good way to carry some spare cord for edc, survival, or zombie apocalypse scenarios.

The Schmuckatelli Co. embroidered skull logo patch, shown worn on the cap in my current avatar photo, is available on their site. I also have a fish hook hat clip on the brim of my cap, worn for good luck, and there are also other styles made if you like to edc one.

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Anonymous said...

I can't seem to find where in previous blogs you explain how to hide the ends. For example the rainbow lanyard has lanyard knots on each end - how did you move the tag ends to hide?

love your work and thank you for your support,

Stormdrane said...

I run the cord ends down into the knit, trim and melt to finish. With the two peg knit, there's not an empty space between the knit (hollow core) to hide the ends as is the case with three or more peg spool knits, but the finish still works out alright as shown in my recent video on two peg spool knitting a lanyard.

JACKIE DAY said...

I know this doesn't have anything to do with spool lanyards. But could you do a tutorial on Get Back Whip. This goes on motorcycle handle bars. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the ends, so they are just tucked and hid? Nothing connecting the tag end to anything solid? Just ascetics? Much appreciated!!

Stormdrane said...

Yes, trim, tucked, hidden. It's just excess cord, some may trim it right off the bottom of the lanyard knot and melt it there to finish, but my personal preference since I started tying them is to tuck the working end back into the knitted section. ;)