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Paracord Snakewhip (part 1 of 2)

Paracord Snakewhip

How to make a 4 foot snakewhip out of paracord.  Before you start, remember to always wear eye protection when using your whip, unless you’re this guy.  The design was loosely inspired by this instructable and takes around 6-8 hours.  I also sell premade whips in any combination of colors.  I currently have black, red, hot pink, and neon yellow in stock.  Please specify colors and cracker color.

SuppliesSupplies

  • Scissors
  • 4 feet (1.2 meters) lamp chain
  • Metal clasp or ring
  • Fire
  • Needle
  • Strong thread, string, or sinew
  • 89 feet (28 meters) 550 paracord (multiple colors look awesome)
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Optional SuppliesOptional Supplies

  • Duct tape (for a stiffer whip and to hold things in place)
  • Contrasting string or ribbon for a cracker
  • Sharpie and/or crayon to mark thing
  • Smooth needle nose pliers to tighten as you braid (sharp edges damage the paracord)

CoreCore

  • Cut 33 inches (84 cm) of lamp chain.  Mark with a sharpie 14 inches (35.5 cm) from one end.
  • Cut 13 inches (33 cm) of lamp chain.  Mark with a sharpie 4 inches (10 cm) from one end.
  • Thread lamp chain through the clasp so the marks are touching the clasp (the ends will be uneven)
  • Cut 96 inches (244 cm) of paracord.  Singe both ends.  Mark in the middle with crayon.
  • Thread paracord through the clasp so the mark touches the clasp and one end is loose.
  • Tape everything in place so it doesn’t slip.

First Braid 1First Layer

  • Put the loose end of the paracord through the other end of the clasp so it is out of the way.
  • Cut 4 pieces of paracord: 99, 99, 85, 60 inches (252, 252, 216, 152 cm).  Remove the cores (white strands in the middle).  Singe the ends.  Mark each piece in the middle.
  • Thread 4 pieces through the clasp so the marks are touching the clasp.
  • Position the 4 pieces as shown above.

First strand of the braid.

Tighten first strand.

Second strand.

Tighten second strand.

Third strand.

Tighten third strand.

Fourth strand.

Continue braiding.  Remove the tape as you get to it.  Be careful not to pick up the core strand of paracord and braid with that. Every two strands, pull everything tight with pliers.  The tighter the better.

When one of the strands gets  1-2 inches (3-5 cm) in length, tuck it behind and wrap it around the core.  Stitch it in place with the needle and thread.  Repeat with the other short strand.

Now braid.

When the strands get short again, tuck them back and stitch in place again.  Continue braiding with 4 strands.

When you get to the ends, tuck back and stitch in place.

Sandbox Games

I love computer games where you can explore the world and create things.  Some of my favorites are:

And my current obsession is Epic Inventor.  It is a sidescroller a lot like Terraria, but you have a pet robot to do your bidding.  There is less emphasis on mining and more on creating machines to do stuff for you.  The only thing missing is custom skins for your character and robot.  I went ahead and made some:

r2d2c3p0GirCthulhu girl  smurf  link  brony

Rum and Coconut Skulls

These are the first jello shots I ever made.  Rum and coconut skulls.  They use agar agar instead of gelatin which means they stay solid at room temperature, are vegan, don’t stick to silicone molds, and have a very interesting texture.  Because of the low melting temperature, the liquid starts to solidify shortly after it’s taken off the heat, so you have to work fast.

Key Lime Pie

 

This is attempt two at Key Lime Pie Jello Shots.  The first batch was composed to Key Lime juice and sweetened condensed milk, and was rather tart.  This time around I added a whipped topping and colored sugar.  The flavor is perfect.  The tinfoil baking cups worked out great.  The jello did not leak or stick to the foil.

Crust

  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Sugar
  • Butter

Filling

  • Lime Jello
  • Water
  • Key lime juice
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Optional alcohol (I didn’t add any)
Topping
  • Whipping cream
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Vanilla sugar
  • Rainbow sugar (will post this recipe later)

Rainbow Chai

Why do I do this?!  Why make something so needlessly complicated?!  These are based off my Indian Chai recipe (which I may post later).  They actually taste exactly like chai tea, despite their disturbing rainbow appearance.

Green

  • Creme de Menthe
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Green food coloring

Yellow

  • Navan
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Yellow food coloring

Orange

  • Fresh ginger juice
  • Darjeeling tea
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Orange food coloring
Red
  • Cinnamon infused rum
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Red food coloring

Purple

  • Darjeeling with cloves and black pepper
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Purple food coloring

Blue

  • Darjeeling
  • Anise extract (absinthe would be great for this layer)
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Blue food coloring

It turns out my ice cube tray has a recycle symbol on the bottom of one of the sections.  Do not want to think about how these can be recycled.

Jello Iced Drinks

Thai iced tea is one of my favorite drinks.  I wanted to see if I could make a jello shot variant.  The ice cubes started out white and became completely clear by the next day.  The ice cubes were poured into a flat pan and cut up after they set.  I then put them in the freezer to harden and added them to the thai tea once it was almost completely set.  The thai tea was made by simmering a lot of loose Thai tea leaves in water then straining it.  This was incredibly delicious and I am sure to make other tea variants in the future.

Ice Cubes

  • Bacardi 151
  • Unflavored gelatin

Thai Tea

  • Thai Tea
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Water
  • Unflavored gelatin

The Rum and Coke was actually pretty gross.  The difference between drinking Coke and eating Jello Coke is quite profound.  It is easier for our taste buds to absorb a liquid than a solid-ish mass.  The result was bland and flavorless.  It would have been improved by using Coke syrup or something more concentrated.  Also, Diet Coke was a mistake.

  • Rum ice cubes (see above)
  • Diet Coke (use Coke syrup if you can find it)
  • Unflavored gelatin