Fish Tail Paracord Bracelet

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Introduction: Fish Tail Paracord Bracelet

About: I'm just a guy who likes working with his hands.

This is not my own work, and I don't know who the original creator is.

Pretty simple bracelet to make. Made this for a friend's niece. The hardest part is keeping it tight for a nice finish, unless you have a jig which makes it a little bit easier.

Step 1: Materials

Paracord, measuring tape, scissors, fid/needle nose pliers/crochet needle(whatever works best for you), lighter. I also have my jig.

Step 2: Sizing

Measure your wrist for a snug fit. Then add about a quarter inch for a comfortable fit(allows room for the knots). For every inch you'll need about 1 to 1.25 feet of paracord.

Step 3: Getting Started

I placed the buckles top side up on my jig.

1) Lace the ends of your cord through the bottom of the buckle.

2) Pull the cord through most of the way, leaving a loop.

3) Pull the two ends of the cord up through the loop all the way. Pull snug. You want your cord to be an even length as best as you can while doing this.

4) Lace the two ends through the bottom of the other half of the buckle making sure to keep your cords straight between the 2 buckle halves.

Step 4: First Steps

1) Take the strand on the right and pass it down between the 2 core strands, and out to the left.

2) Take the top strand on the left, pass it over the bottom strand, down between the core strands, and to the right.

3) Take the strand on the left and pass it down between the 2 core strands, under the right core strand, and out to the right keeping it below the other strand.

Step 5: Fish Tail Takes Shape

1) Take the top strand on the right and bring down between the core strands and out to the left.

2) With the same strand bring it down between the core strands again, then out to the right.

Tighten everything up the best you can, pushing the knots up as well.

Step 6: Continue Weaving

Always use the current strand that is on the top.

1) Take the top strand on the right and bring down between the core strands and out to the left.

2) With the same strand bring it down between the core strands again, then out to the right.

Step 7: Continuing On

Continue weaving the strands until you reach the bottom of the core strands.

Always use the current strand that is on the top.

1) Take the top strand on the right and bring down between the core strands and out to the left.

2) With the same strand bring it down between the core strands again, then out to the right.

Step 8: Finishing Weave

Good use for your fid, needle nose pliers, or whatever you find useful here.

Pass the top strand down between the core strands, make sure everything is nice and tight.

Step 9: Finishing Touches

Cut off the excess cord, leaving about a centimeter sticking out. Carefully using your lighter melt the ends of the cords, then use the metal guard of the lighter and flatten the melted part like a pancake.

Step 10: Finished

Congrats on finishing your fish tail paracord bracelet!

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    Fairly easy. Only hard part is trying to keep everything tight as you progress through the braid.