Introduction: Paracord ID Badge Lanyard
I have seen somethings on instructables I would love to make. I never thought I would make an instructable myself. I’m kind of what you would call and old dog, i.e. know new tricks. A jack of all trades master of (um) literally. anyways here is my contribution a fairly easy but time consuming task.
Step 1: What You Need
Step 1. Go Figure 1. Shows the tools you will need. They are
not restricted and may vary to your preference.
1. Paracord – in this case I have used 425 as opposed to the ever popular 550 you can use whatever you want or have. You will simply have to do the math.
2. The Math – There are a lot of formulas 1 foot per inch yadda yadda yadda. I find what worked best for me was to start with a fixed amount certain to be too much. Record that amount for reference and subtract the remnants from it when you finish. This gives me the amount consumed which I record that for future use when making another of the same item. Always include 4 – 6 inches per hand over the required amount. If you have two hands that would 8 inches for small hands and 12 inches for large hands.
3. Hardware – some hard ware is required typically a ring or clasp and safety buckle other hardware can be added or included and may require more math. All hardware is negotiable.
4. Tools – Scissors, Heat source, Measuring Device, Pliers not shown, Paper & Pen and clamps can also be helpful.
Step 2: Getting Started
2. Now that you know what you need, I will tell you what I used and how I put it together. Using 4 lengths, in accordance with the math above, of 425 paracord. Two lengths of each color one 11 foot and one 10.5 feet. I made a square knot at the center of the two 11 foot pieces and pulled through the clasp upside down see Go Figure 2a & 2b
Step 3: Centripetal Force
Step 3. Continue making square knots using centripetal force
SEE VIDEO until you reach approximately 2 inches NOTE: the second square knot I reversed the direction, Go Figure 2c, it doesn’t matter but I prefer this.
I was not sure how this worked so my format is askew from, It's my first so I will try to do better next time.
Step 4: Adding Cord
Step 4. Add the two 10 1/2 foot pieces almost as shown in Go
Figure 3. The colors don’t match but are from the same step. Again, it is a matter of preference I put the corresponding colors parallel and drawn to the center.
Step 5: Step 5 & 6
5 & 6. Are pretty much the same. You will want to take sides, side “A” side “B” it doesn’t matter I prefer to run one clockwise and the other counterclockwise. Go Figure 4a & 4b. Don’t forget the centripetal force.
Step 6: Collapsed Wall Knot Bind Off
Step 7. Bind off with collapsed wall knot. Go Figure 5a, 5b
Step 7: Actually Step 8
Step 8. Cut three of the remnants leave the longest on each
side. Cut approximately one cord diameter from the bind off. Go Figure 6a, & 6b. Video Singe.
Step 8: Capping It Off
Step 9 Allow some room for adjustment I like to use approximately half the circumference of the neck divided by two because that is where the safety break away goes, however it is only an optional allowance. Put a stopper knot at the desired length and remove remnant then singe the end. Pull it into the safety breakaway and it is complete. The pliers not shown were helpful here to size the stopper not to fit inside the breakaway.