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Glow-in-the-dark paracord has been available for a few years now, but I hadn't bought any to try out until recently. I purchased a 50 foot hank of the white glow paracord, that's also available in light shades of blue, pink, green, and yellow. I tied a round crown sinnet neck/ID/badge type lanyard using about three feet of the glow paracord and six feet of camo or ranger green(so many colors now it's hard to keep track when working with unlabeled remnants), leaving inner strands intact, adding a swivel snap hook, safety break-away clasp, a three pass Gaucho knot sliding bead done with 1.4mm cord, another Gaucho on the snap hook with 0.9mm cord, and a couple of tiny Spanish ring knots over the sewn sections on each side of the safety clasp, using a bit of strategic super/krazy glue application on the Gauchos and ring knots. Most of the glow paracord sellers appear to be using the same stock photos, so they all probably source the cord from the same manufacturer overseas.

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Primitive Living Skills: Earth Skills & Nature Awareness articles, journals, schools, and classes. Primitive Living as Metaphor Primitive living is a metaphor we participate in and act out. Life is simplified down to the bare essentials: physical and mental well-being, shelter, warmth, clothing, water, and food. We go on an expedition to meet those needs with little more than our bare hands. In our quest we learn to observe, to think, to reach inside ourselves for new resources for dealing with challenging and unfamiliar situations. We build up our personal strengths, and at the same time we interact with and learn about the world around us.

braid « It's Knot Art A square sinnet made from black paracord. This is the next piece in my small collection of chain sinnets. This is the simplest in structure, being made of only two loops. In the days of commercial sailing, sailors had to work continually on maintenance.

Paracord has become my new obsession A few of the recent paracord projects It all started with an idea to get paracord on the bike by wrapping the handlebars and it has grown into a mini-obsession. Learning to tie the knots and thinking up new project ideas has been addictive and keeps me thinking “just one more”. Pictured above are a few of the recent projects I have worked on. How to Make a Paracord Lanyard! Supplies needed will be 10.5 feet of paracord. It's best to have the extra few inches so that when you finish and cut the remainder of the cord, you still have 10 feet used in the completed lanyard. I'm using 550 mil-spec paracord with 7 inner strands, but you can use other types of paracord, utility cord, line, or rope that is a similar size to paracord. How to tie a Monkey's Fist Video I usually use paracord or smaller cordage for knotwork, but this larger 3/8" diameter rope makes it easier for you to see what I'm doing in the video. I used three turns for each side of the knot to cover the 1" ball bearing that I used for the core of the fist. You can use whatever you want for the core: marbles, ball bearings, wooden/cork ball, rubber ball, wad of paper/plastic, a knot at the end of the cord and tucked into the center of the fist, etc. The number of turns needed depends on the size cord you're using and how large the item you're using for the core is. Remember to gradually tighten the knot as you work the slack out. I went all the way around the knot from the starting point twice for the video, I could have tightened it up again, but didn't to keep the video shorter.

OKC Camping Trip OKC Camping Trip About a month ago I decided to go do some storm work in OKC, since the Fort Smith area seems to be dead for construction right now. I decided to camp out instead of getting a hotel room and save some money. So for the last 3-4 weeks I have been camping out by the lake and going to work in the morning. Slatts Rescue Belt (paracord belt upgrade) For those of you who are regular visitors to this site, you know how often I stress making 550 Paracord an essential item in your bug-out-bag, survival kit, car and so on — the more the better. Given the strength of paracord (550 lbs of tensile strength) and its many applications (tiedowns, lashings, shelter building, friction fire making, fishing line and nets, splints, repairing equipment, tooth floss and many more) it’s one of those things you should never leave home without. In my article on How to Put Together a Survival Kit I talk about my three-tiered survival kit system, with the first tier being what you always have on your person. Part of my first tier is the paracord bracelet that I wear.

Wide Paracord Bracelet First step is picking your colors. The optimal types are 2 colors that contrast. Also for your side release buckle I recommend a 1" size. This allows you plenty of room to insert the cordage. Ultimate Survival Band Blank - 9 Inch This band is made with 15’ of black 550 paracord, the clasp toggle is made of flint, the tag is stainless steel and is attached with jute twine. To use the band you would first remove the jute string and stainless steel tag (striker), take the jute twine and fluff in to a birds nest, take the flint (clasp) in one hand and the striker in the other, scrape the striker against the flint while resting in the jute twine, you will create a spark that will light the jute. Then add twigs to get the fire going, eventually wood. You can also use the back of a knife to strike against the flint if you have other means of tinder to start the fire without breaking down the band.

Double Cobra Knot Paracord Belt My husband used to wear braided leather belts, but had trouble with them wearing out after only a few months. He tried a solid leather belt, but was unhappy with the rigidity. In searching for a solution for him, I came across Jake22's instructable for making paracord belts. Every other belt instructions I had found were either too complicated for me or used an odd buckle. Jake22's was perfect. I made my husband a solid black belt with a tongue-type buckle and a blue and black belt with a buckle that was his grandfather's.

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How to make a Paracord Rescue Belt This is my first Instructable and i would appreciate your votes in the Paracord Contest! I will be showing you how to create a Paracord Rescue Belt. While bracelets can be useful they simply do not contain enough cord for a real emergency. 8-12 feet can certainly be handy in some situations but think of what you can do with 50 feet! The belt essentially has two main functions. 1. The buckle is a high decibel whistle for attracting attention 2. The Belt section itself is a single length of 550 Paracord which can be unravelled literally in seconds for a whole manner of rescue techniques. Introduction Fun, fashion & science in the Internet's #1 website about shoelaces. Whether you want to learn to lace shoes, tie shoelaces, stop shoelaces from coming undone, calculate shoelace lengths or even repair aglets, Ian's Shoelace Site has the answer! You can find out more about this site, or you can dive right in below. Table of Contents Lacing Shoes

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