Throughout this Instructable I will be demonstrating how to make a fishtail style survival bracelet. Take your time as it can get a tad bit confusing at points. My survival bracelets are all designed so they can be deployed easier, and don't involve melting the ends to the bracelet. That reason alone makes "ending" the bracelet a little harder then most other tutorials where they simply have you melt the end and press it into the bracelet (I hate that!). What's the point of doing that? When you need to unravel your bracelet, your don't want to have to rip that thing off.
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KEEP IN MIND
When following this Instructable, the numbers in the instructions coincide with the numbers in the diagram.
Step 1: What You'll Need
- 10 feet of 550 paracord
- Side release buckle
- Ruler/Tape measure
Step 2: Measuring Your Wrist
2. Take a marker and draw a line across the two crossing cords/strings.
3. I've darkened my lines in photoshop to demonstrate what it should look like in this step.
4. Now measure from the first line to the second line.
In this example my wrist measure around 8 inches. So when I go to measure for my bracelet I'm going to add 1 inch to that measurement. This will be further explained in steps to come.
Step 3: Melting The Ends
2. With your fingers (you may want to wet them or lick them) or a pair of pliers squeeze the melted end to form a nice, thin end.