Step 1: Objectives and Objections
Step 2: You Will Need...
You will need:
-550 paracord (about 32 feet)
-measuring device (yard stick, etc.)
-smooth jaw needle nosed pliers
Step 3: Measure Twice, Cut Once.
-Fold in half to find center.
-Measure 14 inches of cord from center, doubled. I arrived at this figure by measuring around the thickest part of my clenched fist and adding a couple inches. If you have bigger hands add more length to this step.
-With your center loop at bottom center, fold the two sides into two 'peaks' at 14 inches.
-Fold left working end over the center.
-Fold the right working end down over left, around the back and up through the loop formed on the left.
-From there it's a regular Solomons Bar for 14 inches.
There are other how-to instructions that can tell you how to do this better than I can. In fact, I learned this particular part from a video made by YouTube user Bored Paracord on a bracelet seen in the recent Mad Max movie.
This starting knot with the 'peaks' is important in a later step and makes the whole thing work.
Step 4: Endings and Beginnings
-The end that went DOWN through the center loop should now go DOWN through the loop on the other side.
-Pull snug. This is essentially an overhand knot tied through the center loop and will keep the previous work from sliding off the end of this loop.
Step 5: The Reach Around
-Pull snug. Okay, that was the easy part!
Step 6: The Long Turks Head Knot
-This is a mandrel for tying a long Turks Head Knot. These are available ready made but I improvised.
-Where I differ from the video cited above is for this knot I'm shortening the mandrel and only wrapping each step around one half time instead of one and a half. All other institutions from The Paracordist were followed for a four bight knot.
-Secure the strap to the mandrel to avoid the cord being twisted while you work with the mandrel. I use painters tape. A lot.
-Tie the knot with one working end then secure the slack line out of the way. I threaded it through the center of the mandrel and wrapped it around the other end with a rubber band. This can be either working end because the other end will be used in the next step.
Step 7: Doubling, Trebling, Quadrupling?
Step 8: Predestination
-Remove the pins from the mandrel so the knots can slide off of the mandrel.
-Place the knot in its forever home. Be careful with the knot because it can be somewhat floppy when off its mandrel.
-Once it's in place, secure it so the strap is in the desired position on the stick. I used painters tape. It's one of my favorite things. Because of slight curves and feel in the hand I had already determined this stick has a 'front' and 'back'. I placed the strap on the back.
-Using the fid again thread both working ends under the knot and through to the other end. This hides the ends and secures them under the knot.
-Tighten the knot little by little pulling the slack all the way through the knot and out the end. The Paracordist explains this better, I swear!
-Because I was running two working ends through to make a total of four passes, I treated the pair as 'one' and tightened them as one.
-Double check everything again. Things are about to get a little bit more permanent!
Step 9: Let It Burn... or Melt... or Fuse
-Fuse the ends and flatten.
Step 10: Take a Hike
Thank you for your kind attention! I hope my first Instructable is clear and understandable.