Introduction: 550 Clicker-Biner-Pen
So, there I was making my way through a local big-box store when I saw a nifty little creation and thought to myself, "Self, you can do that". And I went home and made this. Of course, after making it, it being a 550 Stick-Biner-Pen, I realized that there was the inherent problem of the writing cap. Either there was to be no cap and the ink would dry out and the ball would get dirty, or I would have to fashion some sort of cap and risk losing it every time I went into the brush.
Thus, came the evolution of the 550 Clicker-Biner-Pen. Behold its glory!
Step 1: Gathering of Your Materials
Yes, even the best of us must gather materials. No project can be started without first doing so. So, I'll give you a moment to go and gather the stuff that's on the list... Oh, you need the list, of course, well, here it is.
1. A Clicker Pen.
2. 550 Cord (A.K.A. Paracord)
3. A lighter.
4. A carabiner (optional).
5. A keyring (optional).
6. Scissors (a knife, razor, light saber, anything to cut with).
7. Forceps (optional).
8. Dremel tool (optional).
Step 2: Prepare Your 550 Cord
Depending on your desire - single color or two-tone - your will need either one color at approximately six feet or two colors at three feet each. Once you've made your decision, gut the cord and, if you've gone the two-tone route, fuse the cords together. Yes, burn them - burn them with FIRE!! Just not too much or it'll drip and be all gooey and ugly and might drip on you and burn.
Next, begin your Cobra weave. Personally, I like Paravival's Cobra weave explanation in their Instructable, so if you're unfamiliar with how to do this, please check it out. It's helped me greatly.
And weave until you run out of room... or 550 cord. If you run out of cord, you'll know to use more next time ;) Move on to the next step to finish up. The first one of these I made ended up being only about 3/4 of a pen's length, so don't worry.
EDIT: 1/24/2014 - I've recently come to terms with the fact that it's actually a nicer finished product if you remove the squishy rubber grip prior to weaving. During the weave it's a bear to contend with and it just adds a little extra bulk that I don't like.
Step 3: The Finishing Touches
Once you've finished your Cobra weave, which really shouldn't have taken that long, you'll have the leftovers to contend with. Here's where the snipping and the burning comes in to make for a nice, neat appearance and a stable, strong weave.
Once done, add on your key ring, carabiner, or whatever else you feel you'd like to use to attach your new pen to your gear.
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