Step 1: Materials and Tools
A zippo lighter
20ft of Paracord
A leather button
some sort of sealant for the leather button (i just used fabric glue diluted in water because even though i had leather varnish it takes too long to dry and the fabric glue is easier to work with)
The tools I used were:
A silver sharpie
Jewellers needle nose pliers (teethless) to help move the needle through tight places
A large blunt needle or a paracord needle
Step 2: Starting the Cobra Wrap/Weave
1. First make a loop in the left length of paracord, just above the mark, then pass the remaining length under the right length of cord.
2. Make another loop with the right most length of paracord making sure it wraps around the left paracord and end underneath it.
3. Now pass the right paracord over itself and through the first loop made with the left length of cord.
4. Pull tight
You have now made your starting knot. Don't let go of this and move onto the next step
Step 3: Continuing the Cobra Wrap/Weave
2. Pass the left cord over the 2 original lengths of cord and under the rightmost one.
3. Pull tight
4. Now pass the new left cord under the 2 original cords and over the new right cord
5. Pass the new right cord over the 2 original lengths of cord and under the rightmost cord
6. Pull tight
7. Repeat steps 1-3 and then alternate between steps 4-6 and 1-3 untill you get the desired length or you run out of cord.
The weave should fit all the way around your zippo once
Remember to leave a loop at the end of the weave for a button
Step 4: Weaving the Sides
Steps to create the weave
1. Mark the centre (again).
2. Wrap the cobra weave around your zippo and find the top corner.
3. ALWAYS THREAD THROUGH THE OUTTER LOOPS OF THE COBRA WEAVE.
4. Thread half of the cord through one topmost corner of the weave to the other topmost corner.
5. come back out and then thread the cord through the next hole down.
6. continue in this manner until you reach the hinge of the zippo where you should make the cord go out one hole of the hinge side and back into the next hole of the same side instead of the next hole of the opposite.
7. now continue like you were doing before until you get to the bottom most corner.
8. IMPORTANT!!! This corner should be the one furthest away from the hinge. If it is, good for you. If it isnt you will either need to take out one weave or add another so that you end away from the hinge. This is where your own judgement will come into play.
Step 5: Continuing Weaving the Sides
1. Weave in and out of the weaves that you just made until you reach the cord just before/after the hinge (depends how you look at it =P)
2. Weave back down in the opposite manor until you reach the bottom.
3. Thread the cord through the bottom holes in the cobra wrap and back out the one opposite them
4. If you want a REALLY tight weave, you can weave the same way as we were doing before (as in coming back up from the same hole). If you don't want a tight weave then ignore this.
5. Weave in this manor until you get to the hinge side
6. You will then weave up and continue weaving until you get to the top corner.
7. Now continue weaving in the same way
Step 6: The Other Side
The only difference i made with this side was that when tightening i left a small loop for a carabiner