I started making paracord bracelets back in 2005. I learned the basics while I was stationed in Iraq. While there, I looked for better ways to do this. Many different appoaches, until one method came out as most simple to me. I had seen MANY different ways to do make this items. No, I do not think mine as best, but I do think it to be rather easy to start and finish. The original method I started with was the BDU/ DCU button and loop method of closure. I learned the buckle technique from reading an instrutable from Stormdrane. I give him full credit for this and this is only what I have done as my method only.
Step 1: Bringing together what you need.
To start I suggest doing a single color, until you can do this technique. Multi-color bracelets are not that much harder, just a couple added steps.
Step 2: Threading the buckle end.
Fold the paracord in half and thread it thru the face side of the buckle. Pull it so the end of the cord are even. Once even pull cord tight against itsself.
Step 3: Melting the cord ends.
At this point I like to take and sear the ends of the cord closed. I use the butane torch at a medium flame setting to melt the ends of the cord. Once melted, roll it between your finger tip to a conical shape or you can just pinch it too. The tapper on the end aids you in threading the ends of the cord thru the buckle slots. And also, prevents the cord from fraying.
Note: all that has to be done is heat the ends enough to melt it, not catch the cord on fire.