It's easy to buy hardware to attach to a lanyard that will break away if snagged accidentally. My work requires that I wear an ID badge around my neck, and my employer supplies simple neck lanyards with plastic break-away clasps.

That's OK...I guess. I'd much prefer a solution that is cord only, using a break-away knot. A search of the internet didn't yield exactly what I was searching for, so I tried my own design.

Here's how I did it.

Step 1: Start With About 60 Inches of Cord.

I used 1/8-inch diameter cord, similar to paracord, but a bit more stiff. Paracord would probably work even better.
Cool idea! Any time the break-away feature is "activated", you have to retie the whipping anew, right?
Yep, the knot needs to retied after activation. For some that's an unnecessary inconvenience, but for me, it's part of the reason I didn't want a store-bought plastic release. I enjoy tying knots, and this break-away lanyard provides practice for that! Thanks for your comment.
Good point. I find that when I learn some knot but not practice it, I tend to forget it.
I have a tip for your step 4 that I've used for years with nylon cord.<br><br>Before cutting your synthetic cord from the spool or hank, wrap a small peice of masking tape tightly over the section and cut through it.<br><br>With a match or lighter, light the tip of the cord while it's still wrapped in masking tape. Hold it upright and watch it fuse for a moment, then blow it out. Wait for it to cool (1-2 minutes), then peel off the masking tape. You should wind up with a fused end that's the same diameter of your cord.
What a great method! That would be ideal for this project. My technique required me to endure painful finger tips as I tried to mold the still hot melted cord to the right diameter. Thanks for the suggestion!
When using finger tips, it helps to have a little bowl of water nearby, keep your fingers wet and you can mold the cord almost just as well without any pain.
That's a good idea. I've recently started licking my thumb and finger immediately before molding the fused end. (But I don't tell that to the recipients of gifted lanyards!) I like your idea better!
Where you're showing how to tie the knot, if you could make one end a different color somehow (duct tape?), it would be easier to follow. Just a thought for future 'ibles. :)
Thanks! Such a simple thing and it didn't even cross my mind! Definitely will do that the next time.

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