Introduction: Molten Paracord Pendant
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Here’s a fun and different to way to use paracord. The basic of it is that you make a wire design and fill it with molten paracord. I was happy with how well it shined up. If your going after a completely smooth finish use polymer clay instead.
Safety First: Molten anything can cause severe burns. Anytime you use a flame make sure you’re in a well ventilated area and that you’ve taken fire safety precautions. As always, be careful and work within your experience.
Step 1: Cut Some Rings
I picked up some 16 gage galvanized steel wire from the hardware store, 200’ for about 7 bucks.
Use your desired size socket bit to wrap wire around it. Snip a full circle out of the coil and file the edges so the ends fit together nicely.
For the pendant I’m making do it twice.
Step 2: Solder, Drill, and Cut
Arrange the rings on a piece of sheet metal. I’m using 22 gage again from the hardware store. Solder the rings on.
Use a drill bit and rotary tool to remove the material from the center of the pendant. Use metal shears to remove the material from the outside ring. File away any sharp edges.
Step 3: Fill the Pendant
Since the wire is round the bottom curve against the sheet metal will hold the solidified cord in place. This is where you have to be extra careful. Light the cord enough so it become molten and begins to drip. Make sure you do this over a non-flammable surface.
Once you have the pendant filled let it cool off.
If you’d like to make the wire appear more prominent, file it down a little.
Step 4: Smooth and Shine
File away the melted paracord until your down to the wire. Use progressively finer sand paper to smooth out the pendant. I’m using 400 grit, 1000, and 2000.
Finally use buffing compound with a polishing wheel to make it shine. Attach it to a chain by making a jump ring out of the same wire.
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