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Step 1: Tools And Supplies
You’ll need a few basic tools to make this project. A C-clamp, hemostat clamps, scissors, a lighter, a flexible measuring tape, a dog leash snap and paracord.
Parachute cord shrinks by 10% when it gets wet. To preshrink the paracord, soak it in hot water for 5 minutes and then hang it to dry. You can also use the washing machine & dryer, it's up to you.
To determine how much paracord you will need, the project length must be broken down into inches and multiplied by five. So, I’m making a four foot leash with a five inch allowance to make a handle loop. Therefore 53″ X 5 = 265″. For making this leash I will need TWO cords that EACH measure 265″ long
Step 2: Arranging The Cords On The Snap
Fold both of the cords evenly in half and run the loop of each cord through the eyelet of the snap. Take the loose ends of the cords and run them through the cord loops. Tighten the cords so that the loops are snug against the snap eyelet.
Step 3: Clamping Down The Snap
Clamp the snap to a steady surface like a table top. This will keep your knot work steady and you can put tension on the cords when you are knotting.
Step 4: Knot One
To make the seesaw knot, we will be knotting alternating half-hitch knots. Take the first colour of cords, bring it behind the second set of cords and through the loop that you have just created. Gently tighten up your knot. Don’t tighten too much or your knot work will begin to twist.
Step 5: Knot Two
You will now take the second colour of cords and make a half-hitch in the OPPOSITE direction.