Instructions on How to Make Lanyards: The Materials, Hardware and Machinery
Lanyard material is sold on rolls or spools and cut to a desired length. Among the types of lanyard material are plastic or metal beaded, cord, nylon,
polyester and cotton lanyards. With the exception of beaded and cord lanyards, these are available to be custom printed with logos and designs for the
consumer. For neck lanyards, a preferred material is selected and usually cut into 36" lengths to produce a 17" finished product. Beaded lanyards can
be purchased pre-cut; they are most commonly used in dog tag lanyards. Synthetic material lanyard requires cutting with a heated implement to seal
the end and prevent fraying.
After selecting material, it is necessary to choose hardware for your lanyards. There are many options to choose from depending on you needs.
Snaphooks are the most common and handy choice. They can easily attach a cardholder or a split ring for keys.
Bulldog clips are used most often for ID cards and badges.
Split Rings can be used for keychain lanyards or for attaching other small items.
Quick Release buckles allow removal of objects from the lanyard without taking off the lanyard itself.
Breakaway connectors separate to disconnect the lanyard if safety issues are a factor.
Size adjusters slide to allow the user to adjust the length of the lanyard.
Also available are things like cell phone and water bottle holders that can be attached to lanyards.
Depending on your needs for production, equipment to produce lanyard, varies form manual or automatic, and light all the way to heavy duty. All
models need to be able to vary the length of a stitch to accommodate the varied widths of material. Some models use metal stamping dies to hold
crimps in the lanyards, while others utilize industrial bar tack machines or computer-controlled machines to vary patterns.
To make a lanyard the ends need to be secured before adding hardware. For cord and other soft lanyard materials fastening a metal crimp where the
two ends meet does this.