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!

Auburn Tigers gear at

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Chain Sinnet Paracord Bracelet with Stairstep Stitching

At the time of this post, there are still a couple of days left to enter the Shmuckatelli Co. Giveaway.

I used olive drab paracord for this chain sinnet bracelet with 3/8" side release buckle, going back over it after it was tied, using 1.4mm cord and stairstep stiching down the center of the bracelet.  This chain sinnet is #2897 in 'The Ashley Book of Knots', one of several variations.

I started with a ring hitch onto one buckle end, tied the sinnet for desired length, then wrapped the strands around the other buckle end, doing a half hitch with each end strand and then running a needle and thread through the ends to further secure them, before trimming and melting to finish.

I used most of a seven foot length of paracord that I started with, and used a scrap length of 1.4mm cord that was a few feet long, although I didn't measure what I started with or had leftover.  If the stitching strand had been longer, I may have continued with stitching back in the other direction after first working from one end to the other.

The bracelet fit my 8.5" wrist at first, but after adding in the stitching, it tightened up the weave a bit and restricted any stretching.  So, I gave this one to Pa to wear, a Veteran's Day gift to the LtCol (Retired US Army, Vietnam Vet).

I had posted a chain sinnet  bracelet several years ago, shown with a knot and loop closure.  Here's a link to Ken's video tutorial on tying a chain sinnet bracelet.  Another knot tyer has a more recent YouTube tutorial for a chain sinnet bracelet, although slightly different with the sinnet being tied around core strands.

Adding stitching to the pattern negates the 'quick deploy' ability of pulling the bracelet apart if you need to re-purpose the cord in a hurry.  But, if your emergency requires speedy use of around 7 feet of paracord, your problems probably exceed whatever super timely need of string you have, lol...  Knot responsibly!

I also tied up a number of chain sinnet paracord lanyards, attaching keyring LED flashlights and P-38 can openers, with a safety pin to help keep the blades closed and other potential EDC uses.

I give these to my Pa to give out when making food deliveries with the church food pantry and when he's working with the homeless ministry.

The lanyard/diamond knot tied at the end of the lanyard can be tucked into the loop at the keyring end, for attachment of the lanyard to a belt, belt loop, backpack strap or whatnot for retention, or used as a fingerloop, etc...

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Time for a Schmuckatelli Co. Giveaway! *Entry period now closed.

Mike at Schmuckatelli Co. sent me a package of Made in the U.S.A. goodies (skull lanyard beads!) from his packed desk drawers, with some prototype finishes, including a cool proto totem (all one piece) of stacked Tiki beads (Kiko, Ona, and Ku) and a selection of other beads from their lineup.

This giveaway is sponsored by Schmuckatelli Co., and Stormdrane.  I've split the skull beads up for three winners: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes with a lanyard that I tied for each prize package, so the winners can have a lanyard to add a bead to, or add them to ones they tie themselves.

 Don't know how to tie a lanyard?  I encourage folks to get some cord, learn some knots, and have some fun maybe trying/tying something out of their wheelhouse and dress it up with some cool skull beads.

There are examples of uses for the spool knit lanyards throughout my blog pages, like using them as a lanyard to attach to a wallet, keychain, flashlight, pocket knife, multi-tool, cell phone, gadget, gear, gizmo, zipper pulls, molle straps on bags/pouches/backpacks, etc...

The 1st prize includes a 425 paracord spool knit lanyard, in licorice (black/red combo) with a 4 bight Turk's head knot on the Grimloc carabiner.  The beads include the proto pewter Tiki totem, 18 karat gold plated Mind skull, proto finish rhodium and 18 karat gold plated Aquilo Sugar Skull Bead, 18 karat gold, rose gold, and rhodium plated One-Eyed Jack, blue powder coated Grins, pewter Brous bead with logo, pewter Vinnie Garoon Cowboy Bead, and pewter Classic skull bead.

The 2nd prize includes a 325 paracord (I think that's what the size/diameter is, wasn't labeled, lol) spool knit lanyard, charcoal gray, with 1.4mm cord gaucho interweave knots on the Grimloc.  The beads include a proto finish 18 karat gold and rhodium plated Aquilo Sugar Skull Bead, blue powder coat Grins, pewter Jumbo Emerson, pewter Vinnie Garoon Cowboy Bead, pewter Classic skull bead, pewter Brous no logo, and Kiko Tiki bead.

The 3rd prize includes a Type I/95 paracord spool knit lanyard in olive drab, and the Grimloc has a 1.4mm cord pineapple knot tied on it.  The beads include pewter Kiko, Ku, Grins, Mind, Cyber, Joe mini bead, and Green Man.

Giveaway entry period is from 6 November 2017 through 12 November 2017.  To enter, leave a comment with your name and location AND the title of the last book you read on this blog post (first/last name, your city/state/country location AND book title), which helps tell one entrant from another if they have the same name. Example:  David Hopper, McDonough GA, The Directory of Knots.

One entry per person, and I'll open this giveaway to U.S. residents and international entrants also, but if someone outside the U.S. wins a prize package, they agree to be responsible for any taxes or customs duties and accept the risk of packages disappearing in the mail, which can happen in the states at times as well, but luckily I've had no problems with packages I've mailed out at home or abroad not ending up where they were supposed to.

At the end of the giveaway entry period, names from the pool of entrants will be drawn and the winners names will be posted, and they will have one week to reply/respond, or alternate winners will be chosen, so be sure to check back after the giveaway ends to see if you've won. Spam links in the comments will be deleted.  After contact with the winners has been established, their prize package will be mailed out to them from my location here in McDonough, Georgia.  Good luck to all and happy knotting!

'Like' and following the Schmuckatelli Co. Facebook page is appreciated, but not required to enter and does not affect the chances of winning. Actually running giveaways can be quite time consuming and and tricky nowadays keeping up with following rules, policies and guidelines, but I know I enjoy entering them and have been lucky to win a few here and there out of the countless ones I've entered over the years. :)

I encourage my friends, followers, blog readers and subscribers to enter, but my family members are not eligible to enter and will just have to be satisfied with knot work I've already sent ya'll for birthdays, Christmas, or other holidays and whatnot or wait for possible future stocking stuffers. ;)

Some of these beads are one offs, so there are no replacements.  Monetary value is hard to determine as well, but you can get an idea if you look at similar finishes with the different beads that are currently offered on the Schmuckatelli Co. website.  My best guesstimate on value for each prize package, based on similar beads on the site and cost of materials for the lanyards I tied (not counting the time/ hours spent tying them) is approximately:  $80 value for 1st prize, $65 value for 2nd, and $50 value for 3rd prize.  No substitutions for prize packages.

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

And a few simple photos showing how to  get those lanyard beads on to the lanyard loop, and sometimes fit the lanyard loop through a knife/flashlight/multitool lanyard hole, size permitting, as not everyone may know how.

Take a thin piece of string, fishing line, or dental floss through the lanyard loop, bring the ends together, then run them through the lanyard bead, and pull the loop up through the lanyard bead with one hand and push down on the bead with the other.

A loop of paracord can be a tight fit for some beads depending on the thickness of the cord and the diameter of the lanyard bead's hole.

Not all paracord is the same.  Sometimes the paracord may need to be gutted (inner strands removed) to make it thin enough to fit beads and lanyard holes, experiences can vary when buying cord from one vendor/distributor/manufacturer compared to another.  Cheapest is not always best, shop around.

Here I sit, contemplating what to eat, pizza or tacos, sporting a Made in the U.S.A. t-shirt that Schmuckatelli Co. sent me.  Even had one in my size, a 'Put the fork down!' size, one of those with lots of X's, lol.