According to Wikipedia, the very first lanyards were used in France. There were known by the term “Laniere” which means a strap or thong apparatus. Later, these were called lanyards and were used by French soldiers to connect their whistles, swords or pistols. These cords were used in situations where there is a higher risk of losing the object, such as in the navy. A well-designed pistol lanyard can be removed easily and reattached by the user. At present, lanyards are used not just to hold a functional object, but a decorative item as well.
Types of Lanyards
There are four main types of custom lanyards: tube, beaded, cord and ribbon also known as flat. The materials used in making lanyards vary from cotton or polyester to metal beading. They vary in function from being a tool to hold an object to accessorize a military police officer’s uniform.
Purpose of Using Lanyards
The main purpose of using lanyards is to keep small items on hand and near to you, such as your employee ID, cell phone or keys. They are generally composed of a strap of some kind and at the bottom an attachment. However, there are different components you can use with them. The kind of cord or the components you purchase for your lanyard depend on where and how you intend to use the lanyard.
Components For Custom Lanyards
The straps for custom lanyards are available in different forms. Those worn around the neck can be accessorized to create a beaded lanyard, holding an ID at the end. It can also be flat, made of woven nylon ribbons that are tough and can withstand constant use and tougher conditions. You can purchase lanyard straps with an organization or brand name or logo on them to display your support of something. They can also be coiled or elastic, particularly if they are to used around the wrist.
It is a small piece of plastic or metal with one or two holes in it, that both sides of the strap pass through. To keep it in place, the hole is tight enough on the strap but still loose enough to enable you to adjust the tightness of the lanyard strap by sliding it down and up. Adjusters can come in the “bead” style, which has only one hole, and the double-barrel style, which has two separate holes.
It usually comes with a lanyard strap and is connected underneath the loop of the strap with a metal loop at the upper part of the snap hook. You can connect anything to the hook that is small and has a hole in, like an ID card with a hole punched through a key ring or the edge. To connect something to the snap hook, press the end of the overlapping opening and slip the edge of the ID card or the key ring through the opening. Release the opening and allow it to snap shut.
These clips are used to attach an ID card holder or an ID card to a lanyard strap. To use this, to open the jaws of the longer end squeeze the shorter end together. Place the hole in the holder or ID card in the opening and release the short end so that the jaws will spring back together. This clip has a metal loop found at the top, you can attach the bottom of the lanyard strap here.
These are only some of the components that you can use for your custom lanyards. Considering the versatility of these lanyards, exploring other options may lead you to other viable components.