Introduction: 4 Strand Round Braid Necklace
This tutorial will show you how to make a paracord necklace.
You will need:
Necklace Plastic Clips
I made a necklace for an eight year old, it will be about 21” long (6.7” diameter). An adult would be about 23” (7.3” diameter). The rope/plastic clip can be purchased from your local Army/Navy store or from a reputable supplier online.
Step 1: Start the Braid
Take six feet of white and six feet of blue and put them through the center of the necklace clip. Find the center of both ropes. The braid can either be strait or spiraled.
If a strait braid is chosen, then the same colors will be on each side. If a spiral is chosen, then one of each color will be on each side.
I chose to make a strait braid. I always start with the rope on the right side first. Take it and wrap it around the back side and have it cross back over to the right side . Then, take the back left side, wrap it around the back side and have it cross back over to the left side. These two steps are repeated over and over again until it is as long as you need it to be.
The first few times you’ll have to stop and tighten each of the four ropes as you are braiding. Usually, if you keep the same tension on the rope the entire time, the braid will come out better looking.
Step 2: Finish the Ends
The other side of the plastic clip will get woven into the braid. You will want to make it as clean looking as possible when finishing it. I chose to take two of the blue ropes crossing in different directions and place the clip right in the middle. Then, I tucked the loose ends into the braid to finish it.
If you follow the pictures, you will see I just took the rope and started to weave it back into the braid. I did this for both the blue and the white ends. Once this is done, take a small pliers and remove the slack from the end. Then, take a scissors and leave about a 1/4" of the rope. Melt it carefully with a lighter, and use a Leatherman to smooth over the melted metal.