For me, this is a great combination. First off, I have small bits of paracord from larger projects laying around. Also, I have lego parts laying around the house from the kids. I am also going to try incorporating these into bracelets and lanyards.
Speaker 1: Hey, YouTube, GlueStick213 here. This is going to be a really quick video showing some of the steps that you're going to need to do to make paracord buddies with Lego heads. These are just some examples of some paracord buddies that I've made. This obviously isn't from me, but these are all different Lego heads that I've used and I've used different techniques to make each one of these. This one is currently my favorite that I've made, a cool little skeleton paracord buddy.
The first thing that you're going to need besides having a paracord is a Lego head. These are just some examples. For those of you who have ever used Lego, you know that there all kinds of different cell heads. This is probably the most common, just the original smiley face with two little dot eyes.
Lego heads come with a, I guess, covering or plastic bit at the top and you're going to need to punch that out. Some of the tools that you're going to need are a nail, just a small pin nail. You're going to put that into--I'm not going to be able to do it on camera guys because I'm using one hand to film and the other hand to try and do this. As you can see, I'm having a hard time. You're going to put that at the top there above head. Try and get go and straight down as best as you can, then once you have at the top you're going to take a hammer. It doesn’t have to be a big old hammer like this and just tap it in 'til the top of that head breaks out, and then comes the hard part because it's pretty easy to break out that little Y-shaped plastic bit. That almost takes no effort.
You're going to have to take some needlenose pliers which we'll also need and then take the head, not from this end, not from the big Y end. From this side which you've now busted out, you're going to have to feed that onto the needlenose pliers and twist until the plastic gets shaved down 'til it's super thin. As you can see, if the camera focuses, it's kind of going. You can tell that it's pretty thick. It needs to get shaved down 'til it's almost paper thin. Once it's super thin, you'll be able to fit paracord on it.
Now, one thing that you guys can do is use paracord with all seven strands in and you're going to have to shave it down almost to the point where it's breaking on top. This is the first one I ever made and I have all seven strands in for the loop part that also accesses the legs and all seven strands in for the torso part, which you can also leave the seven strands in for the torso part no matter what. The loop and leg part--it's going to be a lot easier to slide it through the top if you take some of the strands out. You don’t have to take them all out. You can even see a little crack right there. I don’t know if the camera is going to focus, but there's a crack right there where it split because I made it so thin by grinding it down.
This one I also split in a couple of different places. You can see there's a split right there. You might not be able to see that too well. Split right there and another split right there, so three splits on that one. That's because I used paracord with all seven strands in it. This one I took out all the strands and one thing that I notice was it's super thin and flimsy which is why I almost--whenever I made bracelets or anything, I almost always leave all the strands in but the legs are super flimsy. The torso and the arms have all seven strands in so it looks a little bulky up there. The lanyard or the loop part has no seven strands so it might not be as durable if you left some of the strands in. It was a lot easier to get the head on and I still had to grind it down a little bit but just not as much than take as much effort.
Sorry I broke that guy. That’s one way you can do it. It's taking all the strands out. For the skeleton which is definitely my favorite so far--and always give yourself more paracord than you need because if you're doing it with a loop like this, remember you're going to have to feed it through like a zipper if you want it a zipper pull or through some loop on your backpack. You're going to have to have enough extra paracord to feed it through and you'll also know the legs to be super short. This guy turned out crazy tiny, almost ridiculous, and you can tell that this arm is shorter than this arm. It kind of looks like a little deformed dude, but I think the skeleton turned out pretty good. Our paracord buddy skeleton.
What I did on this one is I left three of the strands in which isn't a lot and it's still kind of flimsy for the legs and the top loop here. I left all seven strands in for the torso. I didn’t have to break the top when I was grinding that down. I only had to grind it down pretty thin, but not as thin as if I left all seven strands in there.
Definitely, I would recommend pulling out just a few of the strands. Not all of them because you still want to have some strength. When you're squeezing or when you're making your clover weave which is all this is--it's a little basic clover weave and you squeeze it really tight. It's going to jack up the legs if you have no inner strands like this one. This one was my first attempt taking all the strands out and this one turned out really, really nice and I left three strands in. All I did to take the strands out was I held down the paracord pretty tight and I used the needlenose to grab however many strands I wanted and then pull them out. That way, I could have my finger pulled enough down, all the ones I want, and the needlenose pliers pulling off the ones that I want to get rid of. I originally let four in there and I was still having a hard time getting the head on, so I took out one more and three seemed to do the trick.
The last thing that you're going to need once you get your paracord buddy put together--and if you saw my previous video, I posted a link which shows you how to make the paracord buddies. I'm just talking about how to add specifically Lego heads instead of using like a bead, like a pony bead or just a regular wound bead or skull beads, or whatever, specifically Lego heads. That's all this video is about. If you want to know on how to make paracord buddies, I will post the annotation somewhere up here or the description below. Go check that. It will probably an annotation.
This video is just talking about how to add the Lego heads. The last thing that you're going to need and I recommend using this even if you're using just a bead is some kind of super glue, whether it's Krazy Glue, Super Glue. It doesn’t have to be--it could be Gorilla Glue. It doesn’t have to be a named brand. Take some of that and you're going to want to dab it right where the arm strands are coming out. If I dab it right there and then I flip it over, and I dab it right there, that way the arms won't be loosening up and loosening up the torso up here, because when you make a normal clover weave you cut the ends and then you singe them and pat them down. That way, it won't slide back through but since you're leaving them out as arms, you're going to want something to secure that. Use super glue.
If I left anything out, I'll probably--someone will probably ask me in a comment and I'll answer there. You can PM me or I doubt I'd do another video on this. If I left something out, just ask. I don’t think I did, but that's just a really quick run through on how I use Lego heads because, like I said, punching out the top part is really easy. Just a nail and one hammer and then grinding it is the hardest part. It's really a tedious process and I haven't broken any of the Lego heads, besides a couple of cracks at the very top part.
Overall, pretty easy process. I think this would make great little gifts like stocking stuffers or keychain gifts or whatever for little kids, and I have some relatives of mine who I've already planning on making some for. You can use beads if you prefer and it's probably easier if you find beads with a nice round hole. Not that big but you can slide them on with no problem. Using Lego heads, I just like doing that because they come with a face so it adds a little personality to your paracord buddy, I think.
Anyways, if you guys enjoy this video, please throw a like. If you have any questions for me, just leave in a comment where you can PM me and I will see you guys next time.