Piranha Chain Lanyard (How to)

Posted by Stacy on 1/31/2013

Another great video from bps7us1 on Youtube.  This is a very creative way to construct a paracord lanyard with a bead.  I don't have a bead around here with a hole large enough for two pieces of paracord, so I'm going to give it a try by gutting the paracord (pulling out the inner strands) and using a skull bead.  Very clear instruction in this tutorial, give it a try!


Speaker 1: What's up, YouTube? I'm coming at you today with a tutorial on ... don't know what to call it, but the stretched Piranha knot lanyard. It has a cool effect, ends up looking like a chain link, and I really like the way that turns out, so we'll go over that.

First, I'd like to tell you all again to go over to the Paracord store, who's providing me with Paracord for my tutorials now, and I'm really proud to tell you all that I'm featured now on their blog, so I hope you'll go check out the Paracordblog.com, no “the,” just Paracordblog.com, and they also have a Facebook page, they have a YouTube channel.

The Paracord store guys also sell survival stuff. Here's a whistle, they have good carabiners to start projects with, and real nicely finished with the key ring and everything. Let's jump right into it here. Guys, definitely go check them out, and I hope you'll check out the blog as well. I'll put links below.

Today, with making that, we're going to need a bead of some kind, and we're going to need five or six feet of Paracord. You could go longer, you could go shorter. It's really up to you. What you're going to do is you're going to find your middle of your Paracord, and then you're going to go to the end. This bead happens to be big enough to put the two pieces through without gutting the ends, and so is the lanyard hole on the knife that I'm going to throw this on to demonstrate.

That's another story and another video for another day, as far as gutting a lanyard to make one. This one, I tried to make it a nice simple design with one piece, one color for you guys to get the hang of out there. Anyway, this is going to be up to you here. This is going to be roughly the ending length of the lanyard, minus the little bit here that's going to be attached to the knife that loops around. Let's just try to get that in the screen there.

Then, what we're going to do is, like I said, find the length you want, and then your lanyard bead, you're going to hold in place so it doesn't slide down on you, and separate these two. We've got those two out to the side. You can start on either side you want. I'm going to start on the right, and I'm going to go through the middle, but I want to put my finger in there to make a little hole. Just like that. Then we're going to come behind this one and through the hole we made.

You want to hold your lanyard or you're going to lose the spot you had, and work all this slack out a little bit at a time. The top of this won't look perfect until we really get going here, but we started on the right, so next we're going left. We're going to go through the hole, leaving a hole. Then, with the one on the right, we're going to go under the one that we just worked with, and through the hole we just made. You can grab it from the bottom, push all that up and then pull all your slack out. Want to go nice and tight on the second one and push it up on every knot. It's still not going to look quite right, but we're just getting it started.

We've got the first tooth that's on that side, and you don't have to remember which side you just worked from anymore. You can just go alternating. The next tooth will be on this side. We're going to go through the middle finger hole, then we're going to go underneath the one we just put, and through the hole. Cinch all that up. I'm going a little slow here, guys, because a lot of people might be watching this video for the first time, don't know the piranha knot yet.

We're going to go through the center again. We can alternate, we know we just did this side, so we're going to this side now, through the middle, leaving a hole. Then we're going to go under that one, and through the hole we left. Grab it from the bottom, pull all your slack out, nice, consistently tight the whole time.

We just did this one, so we know we need to go to the right. We're going to put it through the middle, then we're going to come under that one, and through the hole in the middle.

Again, we did this one last. We're going to do the one on the left now, put it through the hole, leaving a space, then underneath and through that space. After this one gets tightened up here, let's look at what we're working with.

Nice and tight the whole time, what we're going to is just simply pull down and stretch all those out, the last one being the toughest, and it'll loosen up a little on you, because we're not tied off yet, but now you can see the pattern that you're going to start to get. It's like a chain link, and I just really like it. It's a piranha chain link thing. We're going to push that back up nice and tight. Make sure you pull your sides after you've loosened those any time. Maybe you saw that slack just pull out. It definitely loosens them up when you're not tied off yet.

The last one is here. We're going here on the right, through the middle, leaving a hole behind that one, through the hole. Now we're doing the left one, through the hole, leaving a hole, underneath and through the hole.

Let's see what that's looking like. Room for a couple of more, and again, this is just a personal preference thing. You can do these however long you want or however short you want, and that would make my zipper pulls, that would make nice, just tassels hanging off your backpack. Just basically hang them on your gear anywhere you want, and you can attach them to anything with the little loop on it.

I'm just going to do one more for the purpose of the video. It might be a little shorter than I would have made the one that's on there already. When we burn these off, we want these nice and flush, and we want to make a nice, good even burn so they don't come loose when you pull the slack out. What I'd like to do is cut one at a time. My lighter. Use the blue flame.

You want to get a nice burn there so that you can really spread this out, so that when the force is put on this pulling and pushing, it won't pull out of there. You're going to have some rough edges after that flattening, so you just hit it with the blue flame carefully a couple of more times, and that will round all those off for you.

Yes, as long as it's good to the touch, you're good to go. One more. Can't beat the nice, clean cuts so you get from Swiss Army, small Swiss Army knife. This one, same thing, blue flame. You want to get a nice big –... not mushroom, not with the orange flame, but you want to get a nice, good temperature so that you can actually flatten that around. You don't want to just finish it, you want to actually smash it, and it doesn't take any pressure at all if you have the right heat. That way, it's not coming loose. You can see a little stuff hanging off of there. That's going to happen, but it just rounds right off when you hit it with the blue flame again. That way you won't have any rough edges. Good to go.

We're basically done, and you can attach this to your gear. You can pull it from the top, and you have a nice, nice little chain link-looking pattern. I really think it's cool, and I hope you guys do, too.

For attachment, you basically just put that through what you want it on, in this case a knife. Like I said, this has quite a large hole on it, and you pull it back through the loop. Now you have a nice lanyard on your knife. Like I said, you could hang that on a lot of other items as well. I hope you guys liked it. I hope you guys liked the way that turns out. I think it's pretty cool, kind of different. It gives you a little bit thicker lanyard than if you just did a piranha knot. Thanks for watching, everybody.

Please go check out Paracordstore.com and Paracordblog.com, and you might see some other people you recognize from YouTube on there also. Definitely check it out, it's a very cool thing and I'm really excited to be associated with it. Like I said, there's a great interview right now with J.D. Lenzen of Tying It All Together. Doesn't get any cooler for you Paracord fans. If you made it this long in the vid, you're a big Paracord fan. Thanks for watching, guys. I appreciate each and everyone of you, and please put any questions or comments down below, and everybody have a great day.
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