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
, 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