Thursday, February 15, 2007
Supplies needed will be 10.5 feet of paracord. It's best to have the extra few inches so that when you finish and cut the remainder of the cord(if you get it finished up just right), you still have 10 feet used in the completed lanyard. I'm using 550 mil-spec paracord with 7 inner strands, but you can use other types of paracord, utility cord, line, or rope that is a similar size to paracord.
Also needed are scissors, a tape measure, a lighter(torch lighter works best for a neat burn in finishing the ends, but a regular lighter will work, or you could use a soldering iron, and even a good weatherproof glue may be used), a snap hook, swivel clip, carabiner, or a keyring will work if you don't have the other type attachments to use, and a twist tie or clothespin which will be used to hold/mark the center of the cord you'll be using.
Find the center of the length of cord and attach the twist tie or clothespin. Now you'll tie a lanyard knot keeping the twist tie in the center of a 2 inch long loop above the knot.
*Note* You can skip the lanyard knot if it seems too difficult and instead use the twist tie to tie off a 2 or 3 inch long loop at the center of the length of cord. The finished lanyard will have a slightly longer loop if you skip the lanyard knot.
Once you've finished the lanyard knot or tied off a loop, you should find that the free ends of the cord are of equal lenght. If not, adjust the knot/loop to even the lengths.
Now you can loop the free ends over your swivel clip/snap hook/or keyring a couple of times and tighten that up so theres a 5 inch space between the lanyard knot/loop and the base of the clip/hook/keyring.