Making Hemp-type Jewelry Cord

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Introduction: Making Hemp-type Jewelry Cord

Make your own hemp-like jewelry cord from dead plant fibres. Ok, I know someone else posted a similar topic, but my process is different and I focus more on using this cord for making jewelry or weaving so you can scoff at all the silly hippies that buy that expensive hemp cord at corporate craft stores. So I'm a little bit sycophantic, so what? This is also my first instructable. please read the note on the pic before you start.

Step 1: Soakin'

Soak, 'em in hot water till the get smooshy. approx. 1/2 hour

Step 2: Peelin'

Peel the fibrous outside off the cattail.this is the part you will be using.

Step 3: Loopin'

Loop the fiber in half around something stationary. Remember, you have to be able to take it off when you're done.

Step 4: Twistin'

Twist the right-hand strand 2 or 3 times and then cross over the left hand strand.

Step 5: More Twistin'

I apologize for my crappy camera. basically, do the same thing with the left hand strand (twist to the right, cross over to the left.

Step 6: Beadin'

keep going.... slide beads, charms or whatever on.

Step 7: Finishin'

When you get a long enough piece of cord, tie a knot in the end and slip the knot through the loop you made at the beginning. The cord will tighten and stiffen as it dries, so it's ok if your twisting is a little loose. You can then cut off any sticky-outey pieces. Now, don't you feel special?

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    I weave hemp in alot of things if anyone ever waits to know more message me. i can make and remake broken hemp jewelry. i also have worked on paracord projects for some customers. hope to hear questions soon...

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    this looks really cool. i'm ganna try it

    Actually, it is the process of twisting and crossing over that makes ALL rope so strong. Although hemp is admittedly the toughest(ok, it's cheap,too, but this more fun)this cord and cord made of other stuff will not break easily at all.

    hemp is one of the strongest known fibers for making rope and string, thus why it was and still is used on sailing vessels, a lot has been replaced by wire cables but still.. this would break if you got it caught on something. Also hippie hemp cord is cheap as hell...