## Step 7: Starting your first Cobra braid

• In the diagram we are working with the inside of the bracelet facing us.  (The inside is the side that is against your wrist when you’re wearing it.)
• The “Middle Color”, like shown in the diagram, is different on the inside of the bracelet then it is on the outside of the bracelet.
• In this example we have our “gun metal grey” as the “middle color” on the inside of the bracelet, and the “blue” is the “middle color” on the outside of the bracelet. (The part that everyone sees!!!)
• On the bottom of the diagram there’s an example of the inside of the bracelet we are making in the diagram.

1. In part one of the diagram, we take the blue cord and put it under the bracelet cords. This means that the outside “middle color” is going to be “blue”, like stated above.  If you want the outside “middle color” to be “gun metal grey”, then you would begin by putting the “gun metal grey” cord under the bracelet cords.
2. In part 2 take the second cord and go under the first cord and over the bracelet cords.
3. In part 3 of the diagram, take the second cord and pull it through the loop that was created in part one of the diagram.
4. In the 4th and final part of the diagram, simply tighten the braid up to the buckle.
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<p>thanks this is a very helpful guide </p>
<p>Hello I am trying to make a 10&quot; one but in the pics your rist is only 8&quot; and you say cut 4ft so how many feet would I need for 10&quot; Thanks</p>
<p>I would personally do 5 ft of each color. Because they say to do 1 foot of paradise for every inch of bracelet.</p>
5 feet for each color would mean only 5 inches. The two colors form one bracelet. So for a 10 inch wrist you'd need 20 inches of cord total, 10 inches of each color.
Durp, I meant feet. 10 feet per color. My bad.
<p>You should be fine with 15ft. 7.5 feet for each color. Good luck!</p>
<p>For me it worked out well but the first one I pulled too hard and the ends were not attached to the buckle but I fixed it. Here are some pictures of my first 2 I hope to make more for my friends!</p>
<p>Awesome!</p>
<p>Hi everyone ! Just wanted to mention an important point to keep in mind if super glue is used. For safety concerns, please do not use heat or flame near the super glue as it makes a very toxic white smoke.</p>
<p>Yeah, that crap is bad, I made that mistake before.</p>
<p>really nice! I'll probably to do this with my Boy Scout troop sooner or later.</p>
Scoutboy from Vietnam. I love it, it's useful :))
<p>Thanks for your instructable. chears from Brazil!</p>
<p>do you have a video of you bracelets?</p>
I can make this much easier with super glue
<p>The point is to be able to deploy the bracelet quick...Not to struggle with undoing glued or melted paracord. </p><p>But yes. Glueing or melting the ends would indeed be much easier. </p><p>Thanks.</p>
<p>Most of the tutorials I have seen call for the ends of the cord to be melted into the bracelet when finishing but I saw one that threaded the excess under the middle cord. To be able to use the cord it makes more sense to not have a fused end.</p>
<p>Did this project with my son. Thanks for the easy step by step directions! </p>
<p>You're very welcome. Thank you!</p><p>Anthony</p>
<p>GREAT DEAL. YOU MENTIONED TO USE 4-5 FOOT.A SLIGHT DIFFERANCE. HOW MUCH DISTANCE DO YOU GENERALY GET TO THE FOOT? [LENGTH]</p>
<p>1&quot; usually = 1'. It all depends how you are making your bracelet. I like to have as many inner core cords as I can so I carry more cord (not shown how to implement here). But with this tutorial using 5 ft. should be safe. I'm going to change it to say start with 6' so no one runs out. Thanks.</p>
<p>I love this tutorial. Very easy to follow. My daughter is making them now!</p>
<p>Hello, nice tutorial. Instead of tape you can use fishing line to tie the access and keep it under the braid. </p>
<p>Also, Nice bracelet. Looks awesome.</p>
<p>Good thinking jbomba1.</p><p>Sometimes I use snare wire for this as well. Both snare wire and fishing line are awesome added advantages to the survival/paracord bracelet! </p>
I found that using sewing thread worked better than the tape. because later on you do not need to take it off you can just weave right over it. and it is very simple to cut or brake if you need to adjust it at all. thanks for the instructions it is pretty cool and fun to make. nice job.
Good thinking chilling.<br>Sometimes I use snare wire for this as well. Snare wire, sewing thread or even fishing line are awesome added advantages to the survival/paracord bracelet, and<p>can easily be applied in this situtation. </p>
Do you take the tape off of part A to do this?
<p>Yes. I braid right over the excess cord. I'm going to have to edit the tutorial because I've found it much easier to approach it like this:</p><p> Give yourself extra excess cord (the part you tape off), use a binder clip and clip all cords together (substituting the tape) close to the buckle. Leave some excess cord exposed towards the braids. Then braid over the excess cord. This will now hold the cords in place allowing you to take the binder clip off. Finish braiding up to the buckle and wala. </p>
In Step 2 you measure your wrist at 8 inches but in Step 6 you say it measures at 7.5 inches. Did I miss something, are you shrinking?
I made my first one! It ended up being a little big, my wrist is 6.5&quot; and I thought I had set it up at 7.5&quot;, but it ended up at 8&quot; I'll have to try and make sure I don't pull so hard next time tightening it. I used up almost all of the 4' length though, so a great survival bracelet! Thanks for the tutorial!
Should the measurement be snug or kind of loose
WHen measuring you want it to be snug. Don't make it real tight. But you don't want it too loose either. Once you have that measurement you add 1&quot; to it and thats your size. The 1&quot; compensates for the thickness of the cord, and the snugness of the first measurement. Message me if you have any trouble!
In Step 8 you say to repeat Step 6 in reverse, but I think you meant repeat Step 7. And by reverse do you mean flip over the bracelet or just reverse steps?
Thanks for picking that out. I changed it to say &quot;Step 7&quot;. <br> <br>A good way to look at it is the color you want to be in the middle (Which is blue in the finished product in this guide) always goes under the bracelet cords. So in my guide the blue cord starts on the left and goes under the bracelet cords. Then the next step it's on the right and u bring it under the bracelet cords from right to left. Then its going to be on the left again. So you take it from the left and go under bracelet cords again from left to right. And you just repeat this. <br> <br>Hope this helps.
I ended up being able to do it finally. You're right it's mainly just switching sides from left to right is where I made a mistake but I figured it out. Thanks for the tutorial, very useful.
Very welcome. Thanks for using mine! <br> <br>Anthony
Thanks! your pictures are very clear and helpful. There are of course other ibles on this, but I found them too confusing and overwhelming. yours makes me think I could actually do it.
Thanks a lot. I wanted to make sure anyone who used my tutorial could be able to make the bracelet! <br> <br>Thanks again, way more to come! <br> <br>Anthony

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