Step 1: Supplies for Bi-tone Paracord Bracelet
1. Minimum 8 ft of paracord per bracelet *NOTE* Length may vary depending on width of wrist.
a. To make a rough measurement of the length needed, take a free end of paracord in one hand while extending your arm and draw it out while holding one end near your armpit. This is roughly 3ft. This should give you an idea of how much your cutting without using any type of measuring device. REMEMBER! It’s always better to have extra than not enough!
b. If TWO colors are being used, simply split the difference of cord used. For example, I have large wrists and I prefer the bracelet to be quite loose, so I will use about 10 feet of cord. So if I am using green and tan cord, I will use 5 feet of green cord and 5 feet of tan.
3. Scissors or Sharp Knife
4. Fastener of some sort
a. ParaCord fasteners can be found at most hobby stores
b. Leather Buttons
d. Various knots can be used, but require much more cord (monkey’s fist, ball knot, etc.)
This particular set of instructions is to give you the basic idea of how it's done. The principle of the weave can translate to anything.
Step 2: FUSE THE COLORS
8 feet of cord is needed for a standard size bracelet and upward to 12 feet of total cord for larger bracelet. For your first bracelet, start with more than you think you may use. It’s better to have too much, than not enough. The excess can always be cut at the end.
Remember: Using one color is appropriate for a bracelet that has the intention to be pulled apart and used as a survival bracelet. Fusing two colors together looks cool, however it compromises the strength of the cord and is no longer able to withstand 550lbs of tensile strength so using it for anything other than a wrist decoration can be sketchy.
For one color bracelets, skip to the next step.
For two-tone bracelets, fuse end of cords together with lighter. Simply hold the two cut ends over the flame until they begin to smolder and melt. Either have a friend hold the lighter or set one end of the cable on the edge of the table so you have the use of both hands. Force the burnt ends together until it acts like it may drip. Twirling it may help, it really just depends on the colors and types of dye that is used, generally the darker colors take longer to warm up. By burning the dye in the cord it allows it to stick together. Use common sense here, you're playing with a lighter.
Let the cable cool down.
Step 3: Getting Started
a. If you’re using a different type of fastener you just simply need to center it. Play around with different ideas. When it’s done once, you’ll see that it can be done many different ways.
Step 4: Fasteners!
*Note- If using two colors, the button will be parallel to the fused point
Step 5: Hangin' Out
Step 6: The Ladder Weave
(Notice this is a knot that was started on the end of my pocket knife, the weave is all the same.)
Step 7: Righty
Step 8: Lefty
Step 9: Almost There!
Once you reach the bottom pull the two loose ends as tight as you can.
Step 10: All Done
Burn the open ends so that they will essentially fuse together. Be careful not to completely burn the dye otherwise it’ll look goofy and compromise your finished weave.