Hi, this is my first Instructable, I hope you all enjoy it. My daughter loves to ring bells and I wanted to make her some fun and safer bells to play with. Yes, you can "buy" similar things but why would you? Now because the handle is Paracord it is soft and flexible, so when your 3 year old hits you or someone else with it, it wont hurt as much. It also provides a nice grip for little hands, and makes it ring better.
So lets get started.
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Step 1: What You Need
You will need
3. Bells, just make sure you can get the paracord through them. (I used 7 large ones)
4. 2 - Lengths of paracord 4'6" each
Step 2: Start Tying
This is made with a simple Box Knot. First place the first bell on one piece of cord right in the middle of it. Place the second piece of cord over the first. Now you can start your box knot. The most important thing is to take your time. I tried to show the knot well in the pictures. The first three pictures should help, picture 4 is the knot tightened up. Next tie another 1 or 2 knots. At this point I only did one extra, so 2 knots.
Step 3: Adding More Bells
Add 2 more bells and continue the box knots, as you can see in the pictures. Again very important to finish each knot as tight as you can get. The tighter the knots the better it will look, and stiffer the handle will be. You don't want a floppy handle. (That's what she said), Sorry its late for me.
Step 4: Even More Bells
Keep adding bells, I put each set of bells 90 degrees from the previous set, also I added bells every two knots. In other words I went bells plus one knot or 2 knots. Next set of bells offset 90 degrees plus one knot, and the last set of bells, also offset from the previous set of bells.
I hope that's clear. If not I'll do my best to fix it..
Step 5: Continue on for the Handle
Keep making box knots until the handle is the length you want. I went 4 1/2 inches from the last set of bells. That left me about 3 inches to trim off each line to finish. You will want this length so you can tighten you knots well. Take your time as you do this to make sure each knot is as snug as you can get it. Remember the tighter your knots the better it will come out in the end.
Step 6: Trim and Singe
Lastly trim the ends and melt. What I do is trim it close melt with my torch lighter and flatten it with the side of the scissor blade. That's just what works for me, and keeps me from burning my fingers. I've done that way to many times, ouch.
Step 7: Your Done
Your now done, so have fun. My daughter loves the two of these I made for her. They will be great for Christmas mass, or to just have fun.
I hope you like it. I think it will look cool with 2 different colors, and or more bells. More bells will need more cord.