I really hate lanyards. The ones you can buy look so pansy, they're too thin, they're ugly, and....I can't think of anything else bad to say about them. The other option is buying something more classy off the internet, but airsoft sites sell them way overpriced and Japanese sites sell pretty cool stuff, but getting it home is an issue.
What to do.
Having abandoned the thought of daring to use one, I visited my Chinese teacher (who is very cute, and Chinese) and noticed the lanyard she always uses is busted...cello-taped back together?
But thinking about it, I reckoned that there aren't really instructables on the subject, and a military grade, gothic looking lanyard would be something I could not only use, but also make. And would make a pretty cool gift to score brownie points with Miss Zhao. HooHaa.
And so brothers and sisters, my second instructable, hopefully not my last.
Step 1: Shopping/Scavenging/Looting List
These are the sort of parts you'll need:
1) Wire cutters and pliers for handling the metal parts
2) .5mm heatshrink.
3) Two mini-screwdrivers or really anything that can be used to wind wire coils.
4) Thin gauge wire (I think it's around .1-.3mm? Choose what you like the look of.)
5) Wooden, rib shaped beads. These are slightly hard to find, but you might find some at a craft market.
6) Cell-phone charm connectors. Go to any China mart for these. R5 for 7. That's about half a dollar.
7) 45-65cm of soft, black headphone wire. This is a very good material for stuff you'll hang around your neck.