Saturday, September 09, 2017

Cotton cord sailor's knot bracelets...

Dug out some cotton cord from a storage tote, in a few different colors that I'd bought more than a couple of years ago.  Used some to make these sailor's knot bracelets, also called Nantucket sailor's bracelets, 3 lead 14 bight Turk's head knots, tripled.

There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube to look through, if you're inclined to give tying them a try.  And a basic diagram link that I've had in my blog's links list for years, although some folks might find it harder to follow than some of the video instructions.

I also tied a few sailor's cross knots with some of the cotton cord, added to keyrings with LED flashlights and P-38 can openers that went with a volunteer from my folk's church, that was headed to Texas with food and supplies and a boat to help with efforts there after Hurricane Harvey.

I'm still working on a few tying projects for the upcoming Schmuckatelli Co. giveaway and some new County Comm items I received, so stay tuned for those. ;)

I did get a replacement SD memory card for my digital camera, after the old one decided it couldn't go on.



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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fidget Spinner Knot Work...

I bought a low budget fidget spinner and added a few Spanish ring knots to it with 0.9mm cord.

This being my first fidget spinner, I thought the bearings might get rusty quick with condensation from sweat in my pants pocket, so I added some Tuf Glide lubricant, that I use on my knives and tools, to the center metal parts/bearings, and unfortunately found that idea seriously reduced the spin time and speed that the spinner had when new out of the box.

*Note, that I used some Dawn dish washing liquid and hot water to try and clean up the lubricant I had applied to the bearing and the spinner now spins as it should.  I got a 2 minute 45 second timed spin out of it , which is considerably better than the sub 10 second run times after initially oiling the bearing. I know that there are spinners that advertise 8+ minute spins, but they cost more than the inexpensive version I bought.

There are a lot of folks that have been making  fidget spinners with paracord lately, using many different knotty designs, and the first example I remember seeing a while back was by knot tying friend, Benedict, on Facebook.  I may try tying one of those eventually.

I have an upcoming project(giveaway) with some cool beads that Schmuckatelli Co. recently sent to me.  And some knot work to do with a variety of neat items in a care package received from County Comm...


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Upgraded Waterproof Pouch...

A waterproof pouch came in the mail recently and I swapped out the flimsy neck cord and cordlock that came with it for some 425 paracord and one of my ITW Nexus cord locks with 0.9mm Turk's head knot work.  

The figure eight knot serves as a stopper knot, but for a safety breakaway, the cord would just be pulled through the cord lock and no knot would be tied after it, so it would pull free if caught on something, to reduce risk of choking or strangulation hazard.


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Monday, July 03, 2017

Knot work in the kitchen...

This is the first knotting project I've completed since moving into the new house three weeks ago.

The top spring clamp on our paper towel holder had recently broken, so I went and pried the part the rest of the way off.

I added a 5 lead 4 bight Turk's head knot, doubled, using twisted cotton line on the top bar of the holder, where the broken part used to be attached, where it wouldn't interfere with a roll of paper towels going on/off the holder.

The gaucho interweave knot video shows this TH knot tied at the start.  I'd tried paracord first, but it seemed a bit bunched up in the small space, so I gave the cotton line a try instead.

I may eventually add some more knot work around the tension arm piece on the side of the holder, plenty of possibilities there too..




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Monday, June 05, 2017

A two-strand lanyard knot variant...

Knot tying friend, Mabel Marble, shares a tutorial for tying a variant of a two-strand lanyard knot from 'The Ashley Book of Knots'.

Mabel was attempting knot #785 (extended crown and diamond), but like #784 (crown and diamond knot), there's said to be an error in the diagram instructions, which leads to a different result than the intended finished knot.  Mabel has dubbed this knot as #785A.

I tied the one shown in the post photos with some dark green paracord, directly onto my Kershaw Emerson pocket knife, adding a black oxide finish Kiko Tiki (God of Sarcasm) lanyard bead.






I left enough of a loop to put my little finger in for added retention when using the knife.  The bead can be slid up/down along the lanyard's loop for adjustment if needed, like keeping the cord from interfering with the Wave feature when pulling the knife quickly from the pocket for a quick deployment of the blade, instead of using the thumb disk.





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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stormdrane packing tape & salvaged project rings...

I received this sample roll of packing tape, with my Stormdrane logo, from Sticker Mule.  It's the type of tape that you cut to length needed and wipe with a wet sponge to activate the adhesive, before applying to secure the flaps on a box/package.

The roll is 3" x 300', I think, so it should last me a while, using some with the occasional ebay package that I mail out.

I salvaged a couple of hard disk spacers from an old computer drive that I was destroying.  They look to be good potential victims for some knot work/ringbolt hitching projects, for an edc (everyday carry) lanyard or keychain...






And in today's mail, a surprise package from one of my blog readers. An assortment of heavy duty sail needles (John James needles ~ Made in England), useful for leatherwork/lacing, repairing canvas tents, heavy ballistic cloth backpacks, gear, and whatnot.


Also, some alligator gar fish scales, which have a variety of potential craft uses, for jewelry, buttons, and pendants.  They even have a history of being used as small arrowheads by native Americans.  Thanks, Ken, much appreciated!







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Monday, May 22, 2017

Lacing Needles and Case...

My lacing needle case. A paracord guacho knot interweave from a different project just happened to fit the 'baby soda bottle/preform' that I keep my lacing needles in, so I've kept that on it.

I didn't want to completely cover the case with knot work because I like being able to see the needles inside...

Took out a small lacing needle to use with the spool knit lanyard, for tying a single strand star knot at one end.  


The lacing needles are also called stitching fids, in case you're searching for more info on them.  They certainly make some knot projects easier, especially with Turk's head knots and variations, monkey's fists, and where ever there's over/under weaving of the cord to be done.


 

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