By knowing some lanyard instructions, you can make a simple, yet sturdy bracelet that allows you to carry identification. Many businesses depend on lanyard bracelets and necklaces for security purposes.
Basic Lanyard Instructions
Take two pieces of different colored gimp cording that are about 3 feet in length. Determine the center of the gimp, and crimp mark it. Once you have found the centers of both pieces, lay one piece down. Find the center of the piece you are starting with and, at that point, wrap it around your index finger twice. (When you have the gimp wrapped correctly, the continuous piece of plastic strand will have one end hanging down off the back of your index finger and the other end will hang off the front of the finger.) Keep the strand snug but not tight around your finger. Use your thumb to hold the strand in place from the front and your middle finger to hold the gimp in place from the back.
Once you have the gimp held firmly in your hand, bring the end of the second strand into play by pushing the end of it under both loops. (The gimp will basically be pushed between your finger and the first strand.) Keep the strands in place by applying gentle pressure with your thumb as you pull the second piece through. When the center of the second piece of gimp meets the original loop, stop pulling. You now have two loops with the ends hanging down-one in front of your index finger and one in back. And you have two outside strands-one that is pointing to the tip of your index finger and one that is pointing toward your palm.
If the end of your left loop hangs down the front of your index finger, start with the left side. But, if your right loop is the one that hangs down the front, use the right strand first. For simplicity's sake, we'll start with the right side.
Bring the right strand forward, over the right loop, and then push it under the left loop. Pull the strand through, and keep the weave snug. Then bring the left strand forward, over the left loop, and then push it beneath the right loop. Pull the strand through, and keep the weave tight.
At this point, remove the lanyard from your index finger carefully, tugging on all four strands at the same time to tighten the knots. If you tug too hard on any one strand, you may compromise the knot by making it lopsided. If you want to add a clasp or hook on each end of the bracelet, stick a safety pin into the first loop, before it gets tighter, to leave a spot for the clasp to be attached.
The stitch you just finished is called the starting stitch.
Weaving a Lanyard Bracelet
Once you have the starter stitch finished, the gimp strands will now number four. For simplicity's sake, keep one strand to the left and one to the right. If you keep the knot steady in your hand in this manner, you will also have a top strand and a bottom strand. Keep all four strands pointed in the four directions and keep them steady as you work.
Move the left strand over to the right side. Hold it in place with your thumb and then move the right strand to the left side, again keeping it flat and straight. (At this point, the strand that is now on the right should have formed a small loop just below the strand that is now on the left.) Bring the top strand downward, over the first loop, which is closest to the top, and then pass it under the second loop, which is closer to the bottom.
Move the bottom strand upward. Pass it over the first loop, which is closer to the bottom, and under the second loop, which is closer to the top. Tighten each knot firmly after you finish it.
Making a square knot using a circle stitch isn't hard, but it does take some practice. The gimp or lanyard strand has to be held tightly while you work, or the knots will be lopsided and, because the lanyard is made of flexible plastic strips, it can also slide easily.
Ending Lanyard Stitch
Repeat this procedure until the bracelet is finished and you are ready to create the ending stitch. The ending stitch is the same type of stitch, but, when you finish the final stitch, do not tighten it. To finish the stitch, each strand will be wrapped around the nearest strand that is the same color as it is. In other words, if you have used a yellow gimp and an orange gimp, you will wrap the first yellow strand around the closest yellow strand and then tuck it into the loop from the outside and bring it up through the middle. Move from the right to the left and follow the same procedure on all four strands.
Now you should have a loose knot with four strands coming out of the middle. Pull all four strands gently at the same time to tighten the knot. While holding the knot firmly in one hand, tug on each separate strand. This will further tighten the knot. Cut the tassels at the length you desire.
Different Ending Stitch
Another way to end the bracelet is to stop when the bracelet fits perfectly-slightly loose-on the wrist of the person you are making the bracelet for. Remove the safety pin from the beginning stitch, place the bracelet around your wrist and then have someone attach the end of the bracelet to the beginning by removing the safety pin and weaving the last stitch into the first stitch. Finally, lace the ends in through the very first loop of the square knot, and then use a lighter to carefully burn the plastic strands together for a good seal.
Since a lanyard is mainly used in hospitals, schools and in other businesses for identification purposes, there are a variety of attachments that can be incorporated into the bracelet, either at the beginning or at the end. The O-ring is used mainly for holding a whistle or a set of keys and may have a split-connector so that the items can be removed easily. Another great attachment is the swivel hook, which is used mainly for ID badges.
Personalized Lanyard Bracelets
To personalize a lanyard bracelet you can add beads or use specific colors, make specific knots or include charms. When making custom lanyards with wide pieces of ribbon or other materials, names can also be printed directly onto the bracelet.
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