Para Cord Celtic Torc

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Intro: Para Cord Celtic Torc


How to make a Celtic torc with para cord and wire.

Materials:

Wire,

16-20 feet of para cord,

Pliers with wire cutters,

Fire.

Step 1: Inner Shape Structure


The first thing to do is get a piece of wire that is long enough to loosely wrap almost all the way around your neck.  You can use bailing wire or just about any kind of metal wire, I used about a third of a coat hanger.

Step 2: Starting the Cord Covering

Get two different colors of para cord and cut the length between eight and ten feet each. 
Gather the middle of the two cords together and tie a knot by folding two of the cords over the top of the middle and passing the other two cords over, and then under the original cords.

Place one of the wire ends in the center of the top of this knot and repeat this step making sure knot is centered around wire with wire going through.

Step 3: Working Through the Middle of the Torc

Put on some music and just keep repeating the knot until you come to the other end.

Step 4: Finishing

When you come to the end of the wire, do the knot one more time so that it goes over the top and covers the wire.
Then cut all four cords about 1 1/2 centimeters away from the knot and melt them so that they do not unravel and also so that the knot does not come undone.

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    LownIgnitus

    4 years ago

    think could do a monkey fist on each end? would make it look more traditional imo.

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    LaGripeLownIgnitus

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    It would be difficult because you need to have four ends to work up the rest of the wire. But if you figured it out that would be cool.

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    LownIgnitusLaGripe

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    http://youtu.be/oZXdVepqM10 I found this youtube on setting up a monkey fist (using a ball bearing in the center) to be the made into a 4 strand, its a series of videos on the channel, but i think would work well with this, only need to figure out how to do the start as an end as well.

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    ravynshadow

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I really like this and want to make one but what kind of knot does it use I really can't tell how to do it from your picture and would love some help if you can spare the time to help me.

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    LaGriperavynshadow

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Oh yeah, sorry. Those pictures are pretty blurry and bad.
    I don't know the name off the top of my head; my friend taught it to me and didn't tell me the name. But I'll ask him and get back to you soon.

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    LaGriperavynshadow

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hey man, sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you, my friend didn't know the name of the knot and my books don't have it in them and I can't find it online, I'm sorry but I guess you're just on your own.

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    ravynshadowLaGripe

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction


    ok thank you for trying I was looking at knots on the internet and it looks a lot like they way you do those plastic lanyard/key chains so maybe I will give that a try and see the results. But thank you for trying.

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    Parkatolaravynshadow

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Ravynshadow, the knot in this 'ible, as you noted (the plastic lanyard/key chains) is often called boondoggle. If you look on the interwebs, you should be able to find the basic boondoggle knot. It's pretty straightforward. Blue cord makes two loops in opposite directions, red cord goes over closer one and through the opposite loop, pull tight, repeat. There are better descriptions but with pictures that may be enough to get you there. Good luck.

    LaGripe, this looks cool. What is a Celtic torc? What is it used for? Is it decorative? A necklace? I'm not trying to be smarmy, just haven't seen these before and am trying to figure out just what it is. Thanks.

    Parkatola

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    LaGripeParkatola

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the help on the knot.

    Celtic warriors used to wear a necklace thing made out of twisted metal rods. I think it was just for decoration or maybe a power symbol.
    This is what real ones looked like.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a7/StervendeGalaathoofd.jpg

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    LownIgnitusLaGripe

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    They are decorative, though some were heavy enough to give some sort of protection to the neck in battle. But they were used to show rank and nobility, as well as honored warriors amoungst the Celts.

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    jmacleod1

    5 years ago

    @biggsy, you said you know someone who makes torcs??? Do you know if they have stuff online or if there is any way I can get in touch with them???

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    Biggsy

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I don't know why I like this so much... but I do, well done :)