How to Make a Bell Lanyard

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Sailors often consider a ship's bell the heart of it; a bell lanyard, far from being a simple stretch of rope, acts as the symbol of the crew's pride in their ship, and grows in complexity with the size of the ship. If you have a bell on your boat and would like to add a decorative lanyard to it, you can knot a simple one from a few lengths of rope.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Two lengths of rope, each at least six times the desired length of the finished lanyard
  • Whipping twine (optional)
  • Small brass shackle or metal split ring

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  1. 1

    Double the two strands of rope, forming a loop. You will use this loop to attach the lanyard to the bell.

  2. 2

    Form a crown knot by tucking each of the four strands of rope over its neighbour. If you find it difficult to begin a crown knot from the four unsecured strands, you can temporarily tape or tie the ropes together with twine to make it easier.

  3. 3

    Create a second crown knot. If you would like your finished lanyard to have a spiral pattern with a roughly circular cross-section, form the crown knot in the same direction as the previous one; if you prefer a straight pattern with a square cross-section, reverse the direction from the previous crown knot.

  4. 4

    Continue tying crown knots in this manner until you are close to the end of the strands of rope, forming a continuous crown sinnet.

  5. 5

    Secure the ends by burning them. Alternatively, fold the ends back along the finished crown sinnet and tape or whip them (see Resources).

  6. 6

    Connect the lanyard to the hole in the bell's clapper using the brass shackle or split metal ring.

Tips and warnings

  • Add an extra decorative touch to your bell lanyard by covering the taped or whipped ends of the crown sinnet with a turk's head knot worked from a separate length of rope (see Resources).

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