Throughout this Instructable I will show you how to make a 2 color survival bracelet with a buckle. When finished, depending on your wrist size, the bracelet will unravel into 2 equal lengths of paracord each measuring roughly 5-6 ft. long.
An easier-to-navigate version of this tutorial can be found on my personal site here: ParaVival Two Color Bracelet
Step 1: What you’ll need.
• 2 separate colors of paracord. Find on Amazon: Here
• Plastic side release buckle. Also can be found on Amazon: Here
• Ruler/tape measure (not shown)
• Scotch tape (not shown) Binder clips work really well too.
You can also find Genuine Mil-c-5040h Type III 550 Paracord on my personal site: Here
Step 2: Measuring your wrist
1. Wrap a string or rope around your wrist and make sure it's nice and snug.
2. With a marker, make a line directly across the strings/ropes. See next image below for example.
3. I’ve darkened the lines in a photo editing software so you can see an example in part 3 of the diagram.
4. Now straighten out your string/rope and measure from mark to mark. I drew lines on the piece of paper underneath to help show my marks. My wrist is an 8" wrist as shown below.
Step 3: Cutting your cord, and melting ends.
• Cut two equal 4 ft. pieces of paracord, one of each color.
• Once this is done you must melt the ends so they don’t fray.
• If the internal string, or the “guts” of the cord is exposed a bit, simply cut about a centimeter of the cord off at the end to enable a clean burn.
1. With your lighter, apply the flame for about 3-4 seconds rotating the cord to get an even burn.
2. Once the end is beginning to melt with your fingertips or some pliers squeeze down so it becomes somewhat flat. This will help you when threading your cord through your buckles.