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Paracord is a great material to work with, except for the fact that the ends fray pretty badly.
I figured out a way to finish the ends with minimal effort and without burning yourself.
Of course we all know how to burn the ends of paracord.
But, this leaves a "bulb" at the end that can make it difficult to weave through whatever you are working on.

My solution:  SPIN IT

Knife, scissors, or other cutting implement

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Step 1: Burn the Paracord

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Burn the paracord like normal.

Let the end get good and melted.
You want the inner core to "combine" with the outer sheath

Step 2: Spin It

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Blow the flame out and QUICKLY spin the end.

This cools the end and keeps it from bubbling up.

You are spinning the molten end of a burning piece of a plastic/nylon string.
There will be little drops of molten string that will fling off.
So do this outside or in the garage.

Step 3: Trim the end

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During the spinning process you may get a long "hair" on the end.
Trim the "hair" off with whatever cutting tool you prefer.
You could even gently reheat it to smooth out the end.

Jackson1231 month ago

Having been burned by melted paracord, I don't think I will try this.

good idea but a little impractical with a bracelet I usually press the end on a knife or scissor blade
Zachattack13 years ago
Cool! I've never thought of singing the ends this way. Another way to do this is to cut out a few inches of the inner strands and just melt the outer shell a little. When it's cool enough to quickly touch but still hot enough to shape, point the end. No bulb at the end and (usually) no burns. (-:
dgdimick3 years ago
So simple, yet I never thought about it. Thanks, great idea.