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Paracord Adjustable Sunglasses Strap (Super-Simple)

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In this Instructable, you will learn how to make an extra-easy, super-simple paracord sunglasses strap/lanyard. The lanyard uses a simple cord lock to make it adjustable, and an extra-tight noose on each end to attach to the glasses.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

Here's what you need:

- Sunglasses or Eyeglasses (Obviously...)
- Paracord (around 3-4 feet)
- Cord lock (one- or two-holed is fine)
- Pocket knife or scissors
- Lighter
- Ruler
- Hemostats (Optional... they make things easier, though!)

If this was made into a kit, it would include 4 feet of paracord, a cord lock, one of those cheapo lighters, a cheap plastic ruler, mini-scissors, and cheap hemostats (I got mine for about $3).

Step 2: Make the noose

Note: Be sure to melt the ends of your cord so it doesn't fray!

First, you are gonna make a noose on each end of the cord. To do this, make an "S" shape at the end of your cord. Take the bottom of the "S" and loop it around the rest of the "S" two or three times. Now take the working end and put it through the existing loop. Now pull each side of the cord to tighten.

Repeat this on the other end.

If tied correctly, you should be able to adjust the noose from super small to extra large.

Step 3: Now for the cord lock

Adjust the nooses(?) so they are about the same size then fold the cord in half. Put your hemostats through the hole in the cord lock and open them just wide enough so that paracord will fit into them. Now put the paracord in the hemostats and pull it through the hole in the cord lock. You should now have a loop on one side of the cord lock and two nooses(?) on the other side.

A 3bx4p turk's head makes a good slide http://youtu.be/4BQq1_Y5V8Q

rf1 year ago
Useful stuff. But ...

I went to the craft store to check out cord locks. They're big and clunky and they want four bucks for them. Paracord? Knots? The glasses attachment is two knots. Works well.  Shouldn't the cord lock be a knot too?

Surely you can outperform a crummy plastic cord lock with an appropriate knot!

Thanks!
bikemannc1 year ago
Ahhh, excellent kit/design set you have here. IF, using the lighter isn't available-(parents, ages trying this out, work rules using a lighter, need it now instead of during your break,etc.) contact cement with the 10min. wait time works as well in fussing the ends of the Paracords to prevent unraveling and fused together past the installation of the Cord lock.
As an additional item IF you find yourself w/out either access to the Lighter, or Contact cement, is Sail twine. Most deck sailors will know how to wrap any line-(rope) using the basic wrap and tie offs even without the 'hidden' ends inside the wrap. Geeze, now I feel guilty not providing a Video to demo.....