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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.
 
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Step 1: Bringing together what you need.

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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 3: Melting the cord ends.

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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.
ed.ott.14 made it!1 month ago

What helped me with the knots is remembering that one cord forms an 'S' shape while the other cord goes down through the lower loop, around the back of the two center cords, and up through the higher loop.

I also heat fused two colors cords together at the top leaving the two colors available to weave. The top in the picture looks a bit smudged since I only had a lighter to trim the ends.

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SHK18009 months ago
Hi, just curious, what is the total length of para cord you used, thank you.
dhopper122 (author)  SHK18009 months ago

It took about 9 feet of one color cord.

Newell_Jalynn9 months ago
hey how to u make the knots????XD
dhopper122 (author)  Newell_Jalynn9 months ago
I will refer you to page 6, lower left picture. That picture is the set-up of 1/2 of a full knot. If you look at the lower right picture and look at the right-side of the bracelet, you will see the 1/2 knot is tightened. Now, take the cord that goes up and pull it around to the left, so it crosses the body of the bracelet and is now in the same direction of the lower cord, but allow a large loose loop to remain above. Take the lower cord, lay it over the upper cord, pass it underneath the body of the bracelet, and through the upper loop. At this point, pull this new knot tight. Here you should have a full knot. i suggest you look at macrame knots, as this knot is nothing more that a macrame square knot; repeated over and over to form the body. If the knots start to twist you have repeated the same knot. and need to back up and attempt tying the knots again. If you need me to add a new photo showing the formation of the knots I will. Good luck and best of wishes, dhopper122
camogreen1 year ago
Good Instructable! Thank you for your service.

Mike
pharvey31 year ago
Totally awesome
Wow!!! Ur Awesome(: ! Im looking forward to trying this REALLY REALLY soon !
Very nice instructions helped me to learn how to start one Thanks!
ekcan2 years ago
Wonderful Instructions! I am using them to teach a group of scouts how to make bracelets of their own. Thank you!!
Thanks for the instructable! Here's a picture of the one I made.
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Pamela693 years ago
Hello from Tasmania, Australia. My name is Paul and I just saw your instructable. Thanks very much for the clear and concise instructions. I really appreciate you taking the time to write this up. You have done a great job!

Thanks again and best wishes
Paul :)
dhopper122 (author)  Pamela692 years ago
Thank you for your complements. I am trying to find the time to do my multi-color bracelet soon. Life and all you know. I hope you make many bracelets in your future. And I want you to know that making this Instructable was a labor of love. Also remember one thing, never give in to status quo. Always look at improving everything; thats what brought me to designing this bracelet and writing this instructable.

humbly yours,

Duane Hopper