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Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by cosine, Apr 15, 2006.
DSC05371 by juan pedro almeida, en Flickr
Breast cancer awareness ribbon
good luck knots
zipper pill/key ring fob
Couple more bracelets
trilobite knot zipper pulls
13 L 4 B TH knot paracord grip wrap by David Hopper (Stormdrane), on Flickr
Instructions for this?
I'd line to enter the world of paracord since I have some time to kill these days, would you tell me a list of stuff (like needle) that are usefull to do bracelet and other items.
Also, I like to do some gifts in paracord for Christmas but I don't know what is easy to start with
I'd start with the Solomon Bar/Cobra weave. It's the most common and the easiest to do. Starting with just one color will make it easier as well. Bracelets aren't too hard, but keychains are even easier. You can easily teach yourself how to do it through YouTube videos, that's how I learned.
You don't need paracord needles for everything, but they help with more complicated patterns. I have a pair, but rarely use them. Good tools to have include scissors (ones for sewing work better cheap scissors), needle nose pliers (great for gripping paracord and pulling it through tight spots), tweezers, a small, sharp knife (can get in tighter spots than scissors), a lighter, and a ruler. The ends of paracord fray when cut and for a finished look, most folks melt the ends, which is where the lighter comes in handy. The ends could also be left alone or glued in place depending on what you like and your skill with a lighter. A small C Clamp can be handy as well. You clamp it onto a desk or table and place a part of the paracord for your project around the shaft of the C clamp or tighten the clamp on a bracelet's buckle. This serves as a third hand to hold the project in place while you work. A screw hook can serve a similar function. If you have vision problems a magnifying glass on a flexible arm or a small gooseneck lamp could help to provide extra magnification or light when handling small parts.
I hope that helps, good luck! Oh, and if your using your paracord projects for presents the sooner you start learning, the better. Learning under pressure is never fun.
DSC05592 by juan pedro almeida, en Flickr
A chain sinnet paracord bracelet with stairstep stitching. The chain sinnet is #2897 in 'The Ashley Book of Knots', one of several variations. I gave this bracelet to my Pa as a Veterean's Day gift (LtCol, US Army - retired, Vietnam Vet).
Oooooh.... swedgy goodness.
pocket axe OD paracord handle wrap by juan pedro almeida, en Flickr
Not fancy but gets used every day. Co-worker asked me to change the blades on his cutter (which I had tied the handle wrap for a while back). It's good to see he's using the thing, the dark yellow used to be goldenrod I think.
Amy instructions how to do this wrap?
A Solomon knot can de used as a wrap, as shown on the left. The actual wrap used -shown on the right- is a variation of this.
DSC05694 by juan pedro almeida, en Flickr
On this axe I had a length of cord running along the handle around which I knotted the Solomon knot, crossing over it on the leftwards crossings and under it on the rightwards ones
DSC05695 by juan pedro almeida, en Flickr
DSC05696 by juan pedro almeida, en Flickr
DSC05697 by juan pedro almeida, en Flickr
DSC05692 by juan pedro almeida, en Flickr
I figured this wrap out as I went along, after trying several others and I´ve had to think to remember what I did.
I hope this makes any sense.
After being in the military for over 19 years and using this stuff all time. This is my first time fooling around trying to do fancy stuff with it. Decided I needed a lanyard and clip on my water bottle
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