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For a workshop I will give this weekend I was teaching myself how to make "survival" bracelets. The problem for me with the bracelets that I found on this site, where the clasps, buckles or whatever method they had to close the bracelet. This problem was solved by using an inner tube from a bike as the core of the bracelet. Ideally the diameter of the tube would be the size of your wrist, but we don't live in an ideal world so I had to work around that.
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Step 1: You will need

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You will need
  • wire, rope of string
  • old inner tube
  • hole puncher
  • scissors

Step 2: The tube

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If your tube is the good size for your wrist, you just cut of 1 cm (1/2 inch) of tube and your done. In my case I wasn't so lucky.
  • Cut a piece of tube long enough to go around your wrist plus 2 cm (1 inch) extra.
  • Cut it lengthwise
  • Cut of a 1 cm (1/2 inch) strip

I know 1 inch is not exactly 2 cm but doesn't come so close.

Step 3: The connection

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  • Measure the size of your wrist.
  • Punch a couple of holes in both sides of the rubber strip so it will fit around your wrist when you put the holes on top of each other (I liked 3 holes)

Look carefully where the holes will come. You want to have them in the centre of the strip and spaced evenly on both sides.

Step 4: Start with the rope

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Use two colors of rope for a nice effect. You will need about 1,5 m (5 feet) of each color.
  • Put the two ropes through the first hole, from the inside out.
  • Stick these same ends through the second hole, again from the inside out.
  • Put the ends through the loops that where created by going around.
  • Go through the last hole. Again from the inside out. 
  • Pull everything tight (let 5 cm, 2 inch, stick out)

rebeljosh6 months ago

inner tube good fire starter is it not??

kenyer (author)  rebeljosh6 months ago
never tried. I think that it is good for smoke signals :)