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Paracord - 5 color Key Fob

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In this instructable I will show a few easy steps on how to make a 5 color key fob using paracord.
For this project you will need:
* 5 - different paracord colors or the same, you decide.
* Scissors
* Lighter
* plastic clip or rubber band.

Everyone is welcome to have a look at my blog where I have a few more guides:
http://paracord-projects.blogspot.com/
 
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Step 1: Choose your colors

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After choosing your colors I would recommend fusing all cord ends before starting, this will prevent the inner strings popping out and will be easier when making the knots. 

Take one more cord and tie a simple knot at the end that will act as the center cord. Add a few inches extra for creating some decorative end.

Step 2: Using a plastic clip

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Take the 5 cords and clamp them into the plastic clip. It is optional to clamp the inner cord as well just try to arrange all the colors around the center cord before clamping.

Step 3: The knot pattern

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This is the knot pattern, start with one of the colors and make sure the last cord ends under the first one every round.

Step 4: First option for the center cord (slide in)

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Here you have 2 options, if you didn't clamp the inner cord you can slide it into the first round of knots and thighten them around it.

Step 5: Second options for the center cord (clamp it)

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You can see here the 2 options: one is in the clip after tightening the first knot and the other way works exactly the same, inner cord tighten after sliding it in. Either ways are good just pick the easiest one for you.

Step 6: Keep on with the knots

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Keep on until the desired length is achieved.

Step 7: Cut and fuse

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Almost finished, on this last step you can take off the plastic clip, cut all loose cord and fuse neatly and carefully.
You can make a diamond knot at the end of the center cord or even a monkey fist as I showed in my last instructable.

Step 8: A cool key fob

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Here is the finished key fob.
You can attach it to many objects as a handle.
JRKORTH11 months ago
Could you please e-mail me a printed copy of the directions for the 5 color key fob, I cannot print them from the download my computer is not letting me and it is telling me my firewall is a problem, I have disabled the firewall and it still will not download. TBlanchette@NEW.RR.COM. Thanks
BLUEBLOBS22 years ago
By the way, exactly how much cordage did you use?
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BLUEBLOBS22 years ago
This is awesome, it looks amazing!
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nice and clear 'ible, i might wrap my knife with this! thanks!
awesome braid. i'm going to have to try this one. thanks for sharing.
amurphy122 years ago
I would like to just add that you might want to take the strands out from the inside or you will have have fat lines that dont lay down and always look sharp if you dont. Like I have been doing on my first one here. will send photo in a bit when done. Other than that very very good job on teaching us how to do it

wizcling683 years ago
I have one that uses 3x 4 strand twisted and stacked a total of 12 strands but only 4 are used at one given time.
Alt-Horizon3 years ago
Nice and clear 'ible. Tried it but with 6 strands and using different lengths. Turned out to get a nice bottle shape as the two shorter ones ran out.
thelmer443 years ago
Job Well Done... Gonna try this one later ;)
tevers944 years ago
If you use only two strands, it makes a "dna" shaped key fob.  i tried it after seeing it on your site
nk974 years ago
AWESOME!!!!!!!! But what is the name of the knot? Please reply.
 Cheers and thanks,
                            Neil
NutandBolt (author)  nk974 years ago
Thank you, The name is Crown knot.
ndinitz4 years ago
 Nice work.

I'm gonna make one this weekend ;)
NutandBolt (author)  ndinitz4 years ago
Cool thanks, if you make one post an image.
vadios4 years ago
Very cool! Thanks a lot! 
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