Hi Everyone, my apologies for not posting for some time now, thank you for all the kind comments, I still haven't found the time for the past 7 years to add new posts ;-) day I will be back......

19 April, 2010

Wide paracord bracelet, two colors (solomon bar)

Wide paracord bracelet is a nice project, it takes a bit of extra paracord and time but the final result is rewarding. In this case I used 2 colors for this guide.
Step-1 you will need paracord, lighter, scissors, curved plastic buckle. In image 1 you can see a good plastic buckle for survival bracelet unfortunately it was to small for this wide bracelet, In the other images I used flat buckle which is a bit uncomfortable on the wrist, not recommended so it's only to show how to make this braclet.
Another thing it is easier to make the knots if you fuse all cord ends before starting.
Step-2 Tie the 3 cords in a simple cow hitch knot around one side of a buckle.
Step 3-13 Are all the steps you need to know. after that it's just repeating it again and again until you can fit it comfortably around your wrist.
step -13-36 just showing how to keep on with the same knot routine.
Step - 37-38 slide 4 inner cords (not 2 external cords) under the first knot.
Pull tight all the cords after sliding them into the knot, cut close the extra cord and fuse carefully all loose ends.
*** A good way to remember the steps is always start first with external right cord then second cord in from the right , then external left cord and inner left cord.
** Dont forget to cross the center cord (black cord in my example) the same way every step, if you see distortion in the knots untie one or two steps back and do it again.
At the end you will get cool wide paracord bracelet, one side will look like double survival bracelet and the other side with x between every knot.

09 April, 2010

Paracord accessories, tips and tricks

When making a paracord bracelet, lanyard etc' there are many accessories that could be added. I will try and gather a few of them here just to give different ideas and uses.

* If you get the paracord wet it will harden the cord and shrink it. Bad thing that could happen if your paracord bracelet is allready a bit tight on the wrist is, it will become too tight for your wrist and maybe uncomfortable. If your paracord bracelet is too big around your wrist dip it in water and it will shrink to some level.
One good thing: if you dip your monky's fist in water it will stiffen the paracord around
the center marble.

* There are many objects you can use as buttons, for example I used a plastic button from an old tracksuit. You just need to drill a hole in the center, slide in the paracord and fuse the end cord rounding it nicely with a wet finger.
The same thing could be done with metal button from your old jeans, I got one from my old Jeans (see photo).
Another old trick is using a penny, you just need to drill a hole in the center and you have a great DIY button.

Every one has old stuff laying around that could be used to upgrade your paracord creation into something cool.
If your bracelet plastic buckle breaks no panic here is one of many alternatives. In this images I made Loop+diamond knot.