Introduction: Endless Paracord Bracelet

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I was looking online and found lots of paracord bracelets that have buckles in so you can take it off. In my experience the one time i usually need it i've forgotten it so i came up with this design that doesn't need to be taken off. Paracord is just as strong when it gets wet, it also dries pretty quick. This way also gives you one long bit of cord when its unraveled. Several i have seen use several smaller bits, not entirely practical when you really need it.

Step 1: Step 1

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Start by making folding the paracord in half and making two loops at either side with the middle of it going behind the ends. Each loop should be the size of your wrist or where ever you want to wear it plus three or four centimetres wiggle room.

Step 2: Step 2

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Pull the two loops inwards so that they make a complete loop. Now fold the two ends back on themselves and begin to use the Cobra stitch. For anyone new to this it is the process of passing one end behind a centre core and the other in front of it and threading each end through the loop created.

Step 3: Step 3

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Keep tying these knots around the centre two strands until you get back round to the other side. It is easiest to tie it snug and then try and slide it on to your wrist as its hard to tie with one hand.

Step 4: Step 4

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To finish it off turn the bracelet inside out and thread the two ends back under the last two loops. A pair of pliers or a multitool its handy here to get the ends as tight as possible. Work the ends until its as tight as possible. Then cut the ends as close to the knot as possible then using a lighter wax the ends closed and heat the last knot slightly just to make it smoother. Turn it back the right way and slide it on your wrist. I only do it with one layer of cord as its not bulky or intrusive, but each to their own and get creative.

Comments

rodrigoruiz (author)2015-07-27

How do you tighten it up?

It seems like the bracelet has a fixed size, which means that it will stay loose in your wrist.

WendyT72 made it! (author)2014-07-04

Great idea! I make Autism Awareness bracelets. Sometimes a special needs child cannot work a buckle or loop-and-knot. This design allows them to get it on or off more easily.

mattrush (author)WendyT722014-07-07

Another good idea I've seen other use is cut up am elastic budgie and use that as the core. it allows it to stretch for easier on/off.

sfbenjamin (author)2012-11-30

Nice instructable! I ran out of paracord just before the end, but the bracelet still works well.

sjoobbani (author)2012-04-01

I got my paracord survival bracelet from a company that only makes them. They're a pretty big company now, relatively speaking, and it's family run. I've known them since they started expanding their business from just friends and family to actually consumers. The way they do it is with a special jig they've made that tensions the paracord, so that they're able to use more of it in the bracelet, and so that it's a lot stiffer and more comfortable and less bulky to wear. I guess I'm biased, since I got mine for free, but I'm really satisfied with mine. I had to use it once, and it worked really well. I didn't actually unravel the whole thing, and it worked great.
The best thing to do with paracord is to have a bracelet that you know you'll always have one, I literally never take mine off.
But, also carry more paracord with you, especially when you risk needing it. It seems like it would be common sense, but most people just rely on the bracelet! Although mine has 30 feet of paracord in it, I'm sure I'd need more than 50 feet.

knota (author)2011-06-23

You need to use more paracord, in an emergency situation that won't provide enough paracord, you need to tighten it as much as you can on the first layer, then go back and do a second layer, then that will almost triple the amount of cord used. The sell bracelets online like that and they go for 20 dollars yet they only use at the most 2 dollars worth of paracord. Good way to make money.

asghdf (author)knota2012-03-30

the rest is for the work

mattrush (author)knota2011-06-23

It uses about 2 and a half meters. This instructable is to demonstrate how to make one without a buckle more than anything else. If you look at my other instructables I just show the process and the basics and make suggestions for people to make they're own adaptations

Valas Hune (author)2011-07-15

i like the look of it but have no clue on how to begin it...... :(

mattrush (author)Valas Hune2011-07-16

It is basically a cow hitch.

http://www.animatedknots.com/cow/index.php?Categ=scouting&LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com

replace the red line with your wrist and then fold the rope back on its self over the horizontal loop of the cow hitch and start tying the cobra stitch

triumphman (author)2011-06-09

I don't get it. Where do you begin. Your photo need a line drawing to show how to start, then once the initial knot is made I can duplicate it. Can you draw me an arrow on the end of each cord to show where to begin? Maybe color code or numbers would help. Thanks. I cant wait to make this! Awesome idea.!

alanhoggard (author)2011-06-06

how much cord do i start with?
thanks

Tommi Potx (author)2011-06-01

Me like; must make!

wilgubeast (author)2011-06-01

I like this one. No fancy buckles to discard in the event of an emergency. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. Even in the direst of circumstances. Bravo, sir, bravo.

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