Step 4: Preparing the core
- x1 2m strand (6.55 ft )
- x1 1m strand (3.30 ft )
- x1 80cm strand (2.60ft )
- x1 50 cm strand (1.60ft )
- 90cm (3 ft )
- 60 cm (2 ft )
- 30 cm (1 ft )
You will remove the inner strands from the 3 shortest pieces... but wait !
You will then have to put the corresponding lengths of chain into the corresponding strands and this can be a real pain without the proper technique.
I've tried a few:
Making a wire needle to pull the chain through the strand, hand threading cm by cm, threading a whole wire through it first and pulling it back with the chain taped to it...
None of them worked...
On the other hand, this last technique did wonders :
Carefully remove 6 of the 7 inner strands taking great care not to let the last one slip along with it's friends ( you can tie it around a finger, a pen or anything that will stay out of the paracord sheath).
Then tie one end of the last inner strand 1-3 balls away from the end of the lamp chain using the smallest knot possible.( preceding it with half hitches between every ball might help to improve it's lengthwise pull tolerance as knots tied in those slick inner strands tend to be a bit slippery )
Then just pull the inner strand out of the cord to get the chain in place and cut the string off.
If by mistake your last inner strand slips out of the sheath early or alone, you might try to feed it back through the cord by tying it to a long piece of stiff wire ( longer than the cord ).
Or you might just cut another piece of paracord and start over.