Molten Paracord Pendant

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Introduction: Molten Paracord Pendant

About: Awesome Gear I've designed myself.

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.

Thanks for reading.

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Finally finished mine (after melting the paracord over 5 times because it kept breaking from the metal haha). This is my very first metal working project so I am happy how it came out despite lacking the professionalism that yours has! Also, I put a coat of hard clear nail polish to give it a nice shine and seal it all together. Awesome project though!

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Looks great! You'd laugh at all the projects I've done that don't turn out at all. My hat off to you for keeping at it until you got it right. Good work.

Just got done making this, thanks Mrballeng what a fun project

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Cool!!!!! I like the design. Thanks for posting a photo.

Cool project! We had fun with our own version of molten paracord after seeing your project and we came up with a few interesting ideas. If you use an oven that can reach at least 450*F (that is the minimal temperature and, in fact, would be better if it could reach a higher temperature!) then it will not only melt the cord but save most of the color. We had fun doing it and at the end we created a rather interesting survival bracelet with our "parabead" as the main focal point. Plus, this gives you something to do with the leftover lengths from your paracord projects that are too short to do anything else with! (We used the same color paracord as the bracelet for this experiment.)

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Ooh, rainbow paracord! Must get some. Great idea to make a button with it!

Cool!!! Thanks for posting photos.

Want to thank you for the years of inspiration and to show you my take on this pendant. Only difference is I used some small emeralds that I had found, crushed them and mixed with epoxy rather than using the paracord.

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Very cool. Thanks so much for taking the time to write that!!

How bout you use paracord instead of a chain.

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How creative!
who would have thought of using molten paracord to make jewellery.
I am extremely impressed, well done :)

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Why thank you :). Glad you like it.

excellent! i have over 5000 ft roles of paracord...alot of pendants!

The air bubbles make it look kinda like basalt. Which is awesome.

This looks awesome, I have been playing around with homemade Micarta, but have yet to publish an Instrucatble on the process yet, but here is someone elses: https://www.instructables.com/id/Mokume-Kireji-DIY-Woodgrain-Composites/

You might want to try this, it's messy but fun.

I am going to try to combine your rings template with the fabric Micarta to create something cool, I'll keep you posted.

Very nicely done!

As part of RRR I made this with key rings, one small key ring in the middle, and a larger one surrounding it.

Since I doubt my landlord would appreciate me soldering things in my apartment (and my dog probably won't like it, either), I was hoping to be able to purchase one from your store... Is there any particular reason you don't sell these?

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No problem. Send me a PM if your still interested. PS sorry for the delay.

Does it matter what kind of sheet metal is used, if so what are you using here?