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
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.
Step 2: The cord
DO NOT CUT IT TOO SHORT! If it's too long, that fine. That's great, but too short and you've wasted a good piece of headphone cable. More is better.
Fold the cable and slip heatshrink down to the middle. Add and heat two or three layers of the heatshrink to make a loop. Though it may be...burny....press the heatshrink down as tightly as you can.
When you're done, tie the ends of the cable up.
Step 3: Springs
Cut the ends off of each spring, then slide each onto the 2 loose ends of the cable.
Crimp the last loop of each spring down so that it will never come off.
Step 4: Rings and more springs
But now comes a slightly more risque part - make another pair of very small springs, 6-8 turns, small enough to fit over other wire. You will use these springs to crimp the bigger jump rings closed.
Step 5: Assemble
Add the cell-phone part to one ring, add it to the loop, add a spring, seal it off.
Do the same with the beads. The spring gets crimped last.
Step 6: Fin
It's a good thing to have while you're driving - not that...um...I would answer a phonecall whileI'm driving, 'cos that would be...er...breaking the law. But IF...someone where to phone me, and I were to answer, I wouldn't crash the car fumbling around in my multidimensional Nato jacket finding my cell.
Hope you like making it. Please show me pics if you do!