Ah, Paracord! The manliest of cordage. So compact and tough that it's the cord of choice for nuts who like jumping out of airplanes.
Looking at the guides available, though, you might start to think it's only useful for lanyards and fobs. Today I'll show you the steps to turn it into a snappy looking can koozie sporting your two favorite colors.
I stumbled on this idea on Stormdrane's Blog. While Stormdrane's instructables are thorough, this one is only on his blog and he only hints at the how -- enough to figure it out, but not everything.
Once I'd sorted out the how, adding the second color was a simple change.
In the following pages, I'll show you what you need, How to stitch from start to finish, and suggest some ideas for creating your own variation on the theme.
Step 1: Supplies
For this project you'll need:
- two strands of paracord - 23-25ft each - you'll need at least 45' total to finish a typical can. When selecting your length keep in mind that it's better to have more than less. You can always trim off 2' of cord, but it's hard to add on an extra 2'. For this Instructable, Cord A will be played by popular and soothing "Blue" and Cord B will be played by the bright and energetic "Orange".
- cord-lock or lanyard bead - I've selected a Glow-in-the-dark Key fob I bought recently.
- A can to use as a form - don't plan to drink it anytime soon (your last soda is OK, but for goodness sake, don't use your last beer).
- Sharp Scissors
- Source of flame - hand torch, lighter, gas stove, candle (or matches if you're very quick) - used for dressing the paracord ends.
- Measuring tool - a yard-stick is ideal, but a ruler will do.
Optional tools that could make your life easier:
- blunt pointy tool - a substitute for a Fid or Marlinspike, which is used for "dressing" knots. A knitting needle, embossing tool, or small Phillips screw driver will do. It just needs to be thin, strong, and able to poke into the knots to pull tight strands loose and loose strands tight -- moving the slack around the weave. you can use your fingernails as a substitute, but it's really hard on them.
- tool for stitching (not pictured) such as:
+ bent needle-nosed pliers or hemostat - useful for pulling the cord through the stitch. See Step 5 for an example of use.
+ 2 jumbo permalock needles - allows you to push the cord through the stitch.
- a small rubber band - used early on for marking the cord.
Finally, Knotting geeks tend to use some basic terminology. If you're unfamiliar with any terms I use check out the wikipedia article on knots.