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How to make a Celtic torc with para cord and wire.

Materials:

Wire,

16-20 feet of para cord,

Pliers with wire cutters,

Fire.
 
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Step 1: Inner shape structure


The first thing to do is get a piece of wire that is long enough to loosely wrap almost all the way around your neck.  You can use bailing wire or just about any kind of metal wire, I used about a third of a coat hanger.

Step 4: Finishing

Picture of Finishing
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When you come to the end of the wire, do the knot one more time so that it goes over the top and covers the wire.
Then cut all four cords about 1 1/2 centimeters away from the knot and melt them so that they do not unravel and also so that the knot does not come undone.
LownIgnitus10 months ago
think could do a monkey fist on each end? would make it look more traditional imo.
LaGripe (author)  LownIgnitus10 months ago

It would be difficult because you need to have four ends to work up the rest of the wire. But if you figured it out that would be cool.

http://youtu.be/oZXdVepqM10 I found this youtube on setting up a monkey fist (using a ball bearing in the center) to be the made into a 4 strand, its a series of videos on the channel, but i think would work well with this, only need to figure out how to do the start as an end as well.

actually this one:

Would be the best as its about turning a 2 strand into a 4 strand.

LaGripe (author)  LownIgnitus9 months ago

Oh yeah, that looks like it could work, that'd be cool.

ravynshadow2 years ago
I really like this and want to make one but what kind of knot does it use I really can't tell how to do it from your picture and would love some help if you can spare the time to help me.
LaGripe (author)  ravynshadow2 years ago
Oh yeah, sorry. Those pictures are pretty blurry and bad.
I don't know the name off the top of my head; my friend taught it to me and didn't tell me the name. But I'll ask him and get back to you soon.
Thank you that would be great the knot looks familiar but I cant place it.
LaGripe (author)  ravynshadow2 years ago
Hey man, sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you, my friend didn't know the name of the knot and my books don't have it in them and I can't find it online, I'm sorry but I guess you're just on your own.

ok thank you for trying I was looking at knots on the internet and it looks a lot like they way you do those plastic lanyard/key chains so maybe I will give that a try and see the results. But thank you for trying.
Ravynshadow, the knot in this 'ible, as you noted (the plastic lanyard/key chains) is often called boondoggle. If you look on the interwebs, you should be able to find the basic boondoggle knot. It's pretty straightforward. Blue cord makes two loops in opposite directions, red cord goes over closer one and through the opposite loop, pull tight, repeat. There are better descriptions but with pictures that may be enough to get you there. Good luck.

LaGripe, this looks cool. What is a Celtic torc? What is it used for? Is it decorative? A necklace? I'm not trying to be smarmy, just haven't seen these before and am trying to figure out just what it is. Thanks.

Parkatola
LaGripe (author)  Parkatola2 years ago
Thanks for the help on the knot.

Celtic warriors used to wear a necklace thing made out of twisted metal rods. I think it was just for decoration or maybe a power symbol.
This is what real ones looked like.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a7/StervendeGalaathoofd.jpg

They are decorative, though some were heavy enough to give some sort of protection to the neck in battle. But they were used to show rank and nobility, as well as honored warriors amoungst the Celts.

LaGripe (author)  ravynshadow2 years ago
Sure thing, let me know how it goes.
jmacleod11 year ago
@biggsy, you said you know someone who makes torcs??? Do you know if they have stuff online or if there is any way I can get in touch with them???
alanemartin2 years ago
Very nice. By the way, the knot you're using to cover the wire is called a round sinnet.
LaGripe (author)  alanemartin2 years ago
Cool, thanks for the tip.
Neat, I think I'll weave a small ring in the center to hang something on.Good job!
LaGripe (author)  panzerfaust3793 years ago
Cool, send a picture when you're done.
Biggsy3 years ago
I don't know why I like this so much... but I do, well done :)
LaGripe (author)  Biggsy3 years ago
Thanks,
Have you made one or just looked over the instructions?
Biggsy LaGripe3 years ago
So far I have just looked at the I'ble, I might have a go if I can find my Paracord... I know someone who makes torc's... and he did something very similar with wire... It's damn heavy, but absolutly beautiful.

It's a great I'ble matey welldone :)
Mr.NHRA4 years ago
Very awesome!