Today I made a horseshoe nail paracord cross. Let’s see how these are done!
I was inspired by the word David Hopper did with horseshoe nails, so I bought a pack a while ago. I experimented quite a bit with cord and nails, but never found the design I was looking for.
When Benedict Beharry posted his beautiful rosary he made with ranger beads, I looked into those. I found out that I could make them using a turks head setup, the same I used for my paracord ring. Finally I got the chance to make a cross using nails!
Let’s see the process!
To make this cross I used:
- gutted paracord 550 (meaning I removed the inner strands)
- 2 inch horseshoe nails
- nose pliers to bend the nails with
- a lacing needle to make the knotting easier
- a lighter to melt the cord and scissors to cut it
- a bit of glue to secure the nails together. This can also be done by wrapping the inner strands of the paracord you gutted around the nails!
The first thing I had to do was bend the nails. I realized that I could bend these with nose pliers and nothing else. Felt quite macho there :).
After bending the nails I used a bit of glue to secure the nails together. Alternatively you secure the nails together by wrapping them with the inner strands of paracord.
I gutted a bit of cord and attached a lacing needle to make the ranger beads. I will be putting a video on how to do these soon enough, but for now you can get see how they are made in my paracord ring tutorial.
After making the beads I cut the cord and melted it. I ran a piece of cord through the top loops and made a three wrap prayer bead to secure it. Makes for a beautiful pendant.