How can I wrap a small cord around a larger one?

Discussion in 'Cord Types & Questions' started by misterbik, May 2, 2014.

  1. misterbik

    misterbik New Member

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    Hi! I want to wrap / lash a smaller cord around a piece of paracord before weaving it, for decorative purposes, to distinguish one red cord from then other red cord.
    the most basic method being the one in the image (attached), but obviously that won't stay attached as is.

    Without doing some complicated cobra weave type thing around it, I can only think of like a half hitch chain (which wasn't very secure either). ImageUploadedByParacord Forum1399033016.103434.jpg

    Any other methods for spiralling / wrapping a cord ?

    (Kind of like whipping but not close together , and along the whole cord, with some form of knot or binding to keep the spacing and the tightness.)

    Thanks peeps. :)
    Bik.



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  2. MrParacord

    MrParacord Moderator

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    It depends on what the wrapped cord is and what is the intended purpose of the wrapped cord.

    What kind of cord are you wrapping around the paracord?

    From the look of the pic can the wrapped cord then be glued or melted to bond to the paracord?

    Or is the wrapped cord meant to be taken off the paracord?
     

  3. misterbik

    misterbik New Member

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    In this case the black wrapping cord is a cheap version that stuff they call scoobie / scoubie ? (sic) or just 'craft string'.
    It's basically thin rubbery-plastic tube, it's got about 30-40% stretch in it and is fairly strong but still breakable by hand with a fair bit of force.
    The purpose is decorative.

    A friend wanted a box weave lanyard / keychain fob in red + red.
    I pointed out that it's almost self defeating having all four sides the same colour, we settled on a thin black trim for one strand / two sides to add a bit of impact.

    So the idea was to run the black strand along the red then weave it.

    I soon realised I needed to anchor it, so tried just half hitch chaining it down every few inches.

    This caused the red cord to bunch up, so I thought I'd do a form of coil wrap. Which doesn't stay put.

    I was up to the stage of getting two black strands , running one down the length and using some kind of over/ under alternating wrap hitch to secure it.

    But now that you say it, hot gluing the darn thing on seems like a golden idea :)
    ( not enough patience for regular glue).

    The main reason I was trying always to stick purely to cord is, as I said in my bio , I usually do it on the bus or walking along, which makes gluing etc problematic .

    Also there is the matter of thirst for knowledge and discovery. I'm sure there is a way, and I want to know what it is!
    Lol.

    Anyway, might just glue this one for now. Genius idea man, cheers. :)





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  4. MrParacord

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    Just glue the cords together before you go to bed. That way when your on the bus or walking the glue is dry and you can get to weaving.
     
  5. misterbik

    misterbik New Member

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    True true :)

    I was a bit concerned a regular PVA / wood glue would slip off before drying unless I clamped the whole lot somehow, but I think I might use contact adhesive and bam, stuck fast.
    (as long as I get it in the right place first go ).
    Plus contact adhesive is more rubbery and flexible too even when dry.
    Dry PVA might flake when it bends.

    That or hot glue , but darn I chew through those melt sticks fast.
    I use maybe 10+ sticks a day with all the crazy stuff I make. It can also be brittle when cold, esp if thick.

    Thinking of ordering like 1,000 sticks from china or something, lol.


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