Introduction: Two Color Monkey Fist Key Fob
Everything in this instructable has been done before, some parts, many times. This is the way I combined two different knots and one sinnet.
I'll use a monkey fist (ABOK #2205) and a Lanyard Knot (ABOK #787) along with a Solomon Bar (ABOK #2496). eddy14777 has a good example of a lanyard knot at https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Tie-the-Lanyard-Knot/?ALLSTEPS. The Monkey Fist https://www.instructables.com/id/Paracord-monkey-fist-guide/ and Solomon Bar https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-single-color-survival-braceletparac/ have been done so many times that you can find them any where.
Step 1: Materials
- 10' of each color Paracord.(I just happened to have enough of the two best colors on the planet, Black & Gold!). It was way to much, but I had no idea how much was needed wit the three different knots. I think that about 6' of each would have worked but I had to make sure that I had enough. It was.
- A lighter to fuse the two colors together and to finish the ends.
- A small marble for the Monkey Fist.
- Scissors. That should be obvious.
- Homemade fidd. Didn't really use this but had it on hand, and it was in the picture.
Step 1: Melt the ends of the two colors together.
This is the easiest part. Just heat the ends of the paracord enough that they start to melt, then push the two melted ends into each other. Wala! Two cords are now one!
Step 3: Make the Monkey Fist
The only real trick to tying the monkey fist is trying to hide the color splice inside of the knot. I had to start over a couple of times to get the splice where I wanted it. I also added one wrap in the last section so that both strands come out on the same side. I learned to do this after my first fob came apart from the stress on the side of the knot when you pull it out of your belt.
You can see the extra wrap in the second picture. All of the sides have three strands,except the one yellow side that has four. This bring both long cords out on the same side. Had to play with that step for a little while trying to get them close together.(Picture 3)
Link to the Monkey Fist Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Paracord-monkey-fist-guide/
Step 4: Now the Lanyard Knots
Because this Inscrutable is about how I used these three knots together and not the knots themselves, I would rather let the people who I learned the knots from teach you as well .
This is the link to one of the best examples of the Lanyard Knot. http://https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Tie-the-Lanyard-Knot/?ALLSTEPS.
I used the first Lanyard Knot after the Monkey Fist to create a lock to hold the monkey fist together. Tie the knot loosely as in the video, then tighten it up as tight to the monkey fist as possible. This will help keep the monkey fist intact.
The second knot is spaced about the width of an average belt. The spacing is up to you.
Step 5: Finish With the Solomon Bar. (Cobra Stitch)
Now attach the ring to the fob just as you would the buckle in this link the the Solomon Bar: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-single-color-survival-braceletparac/
Space the ring so that there is a space about the size of your hand between the ring and the last lanyard knot.
Continue tying the Solomon bar tightly until the space is filled between the ring and the lanyard knot.
Cut the excess off and fuse the raw ends to keep them from fraying.
Step 6: Add Keys
Now you're ready to go.
Add keys and then just tuck the monkey fist uo under your belt. The tension of the belt should keep the fob nicely attached and easily removed when needed.
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