Friday, December 15, 2017

A Celtic Cross

It's been a long while since I tried tying one of these Celtic Crosses.  I used some scrap lengths of olive drab 550 paracord and black 425 paracord, with a loop of 0.9mm cord as a hanger.

The last time I recall attempting one was after seeing knot tying friend, Ken, post an example on his blog back in 2009. 

For that first time, instead of paracord, I'd used some cheap flimsy craft cord that felt like yarn and the knot kept twisting and collapsing when I was tightening up the slack, so I grew aggravated with it and put it on the 'to do later' list, which ended up being much later, lol.

The finished Celtic cross knot is flat, like a mat type knot, so it doesn't lend itself well to use as a lanyard or fob for a knife/flashlight/zipper pull, especially with larger diameter cord, but it does make a nice Christmas tree ornament, or hung from a cabinet pull, vehicle rear view mirror, or similar method of display.  Done in smaller cord, it works well as a necklace pendant.

I'd tied my example from looking at a finished one, where it's not too difficult to see the pattern with two different contrasting cord colors, laying out one, then interweaving the other, then doubling and gradually working the slack out, taking care to keep the desired shape and not over tighten.

A quick search brought up a few online tutorials for the Celtic Cross, one here, another here, and then another.  I'm not sure what text it may have originally been found in...

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Got yer goat?

A recent care package from Schmuckatelli Co. included USN Tactical Goat Beads in a variety of finishes, along with a couple of cool t-shirts and several of my favorite Kiko Tiki lanyard beads.

I'd been waiting on a project to use some of the 1100 HD Paracord (Made in the USA) that I'd bought last winter.  The UST labeled cord is a stronger thicker paracord, than the common 550 paracord, where I could just fit the lanyard beads onto a single ungutted strand.


I kept the knot work fairly simple, for those that might want to try and duplicate the lanyard, with doubled two-strand wall knots, a couple of gaucho knot interweaves for whipping, and tying eleven 7 lead 2 bight tripled Turk's head knots with 1.4mm red cord, spaced between the tactical goat beads along the length of the lanyard. 

The stretched out length of the lanyard with the loop ends is about 28" long, plenty of length for an edc (everyday carry) wallet or keychain lanyard.  The weight of the finished lanyard by itself is 4.8 oz, with a nice hefty feel to it.

I added a ITW Nexus Grimloc carabiner for attachment at one end, and the other loop end can be ring/cow/girth hitched onto another attachment/keyring or run a belt through it and so on.

I've used the smaller diameter mini blind string/trot line cord for years, and it's always had a problem with holding its dye, so it has a faded/washed out look to it after tying.  I sometimes use Sharpie markers to color over the cord and make the colors 'pop' a little better when I don't want a stonewashed look to a finished knotting project.



Saturday, November 25, 2017

Revisiting old favorites...

This lanyard looks like one drawn on the cover of Peter Owen's 'The Book of Decorative Knots'.

I tied this simple paracord neck lanyard with a lanyard/diamond knot, multiple overhand sliding knot/scaffold knot, and added a safety break-away clasp with a little needle and thread work.

The lanyard is for my Pa to use to attach to his new cell phone, after his last phone took a trip through the washing machine.  I'll add and S-Biner for him to use to clip to the phone...


Lanyard shown with a red alox Victorinox Cadet Swiss Army Knife, and another pic with Pa's new phone.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday...

The day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday ~ shopping/sales for those with disposable income) and I'm still recovering from eating too much.  I had leftovers for supper last night, then again for breakfast this morning.  Copper pennies and some cheesy hash brown casserole.

I did some knot work for a few hours last night into this morning, intending to tie a checkered headhunter knot, but after three attempts on a couple of different flashlights to get some gutted paracord to cooperate without overlapping had my fingers aching and left me with a headache.

So, I went with some simpler knots, using some cotton cord on a shake light, and paracord on the ArmyTek flashlight.

The arm section of gutted paracord with a bent paper clip for posing, over the herringbone knot covered wooden bead and under the Schmuckatelli Co. skull, was just added as a novelty for the photo of the wrist lanyard on my Spyderco Salt, but variations of paracord people are popular among many knot tyers, especially to use up short scrap lengths of cord.

I wish I'd had some blue cotton cord to use with the white and red, but I only had the black to work in the pineapple interweave, so that's what I used.

I tied a 13 lead 4 bight Turk's head knot in white, doubled, then added in the red strand on either side of the white before adding the black cord.  I'd tried gutted paracord in olive drab and black for a checkered headhunter first on that light, but didn't seem to have the patience from being stuffed on turkey day to get it right.

Same attempt was made with the ArmyTek light too, but I ended up just going with a simple small 7 lead 6 bight Turk's head knot around the middle of the light, where I could still use the snap on pocket clip. I also added a gutted length of black paracord with a reinforced ring hitch for a wrist lanyard.

And on another note, the alternate drawn 3rd prize winner for the Schmuckatelli Co. Giveaway replied/responded to me this morning, so their package was dropped off at the post office this morning and is now on the way to them.  Thanks again to all that entered!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Schmuckatelli Co. Giveaway Update...

It's been over a week now since the post with the Schmuckatelli Co. Giveaway winners listed, and the 1st and 2nd prize winners did reply/respond and were sent their prizes.  I did not hear from the 3rd prize entrant, so they have missed out and an alternative winner has been drawn from the remaining entries:

3rd Prize:  Paul Wasalaski, Gretna, NE, Paracord Fusion Ties by J.D. Lenzen ~ Confirmed

The newly drawn alternate winner now has a week to reply/respond by email to me at:  Stormdrane (at) hotmail (dot) com to confirm their info so I can send the prize package to them.

I still have the remaining entries in the bucket that I used for the drawing, so if the current listed winner fails to contact me, I'll draw and post again until we're successful at getting this prize into the hands of one of those that took the time to enter. ;)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Schmuckatelli Co. Giveaway Drawing!

Alrighty then, I printed out all the entries in the comments of the blog post for the Schmuckatelli Co. Giveaway, then trimmed them all into strips, and placed them in a bucket for the drawing.

I did make a short video, but the actual drawing segment involves a failure to focus, and/or operator error, so you'll have to take my word for it that the winners are actually the same as shown on the strips drawn from the bucket.

1st Prize goes to:  Michael Davis, Greenville, SC, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy ~ Confirmed
2nd Prize goes to:  Leigh Smith, Wesley Chapel, FL, Napoleon by Andrew Roberts ~ Confirmed
3rd Prize:  Paul Wasalaski, Gretna, NE, Paracord Fusion Ties by J.D. Lenzen ~ Confirmed

The winners have a week to respond to me at this email:  Stormdrane (at) hotmail (dot) com  I spelled the address out to limit the web bots harvesting it to spam me more than I already am.  Put 'Schmuckatelli Co. Giveaway' in the email subject line to help me find it just in case it gets sent to the spam folder. ;)

If a winner fails to contact me within a week, I'll be keeping all the other entries in the bucket at the ready to draw another winner for that prize.

Thanks again to the Schmuckatelli Co. for providing the cool beads for the giveaway.  You can also follow them on Facebook to keep up with what's new and current sales and offers, as well as photos shared of what projects some folks use the skull beads for, like paracord bracelets and lanyards.

And, 'Thank You!', to everyone that took the time to read the blog and enter the giveaway!  Much appreciated!

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