# Paracord Bullwhip

19 Steps

## Step 14: Plaiting the 12 strands outer layer

You already guess what goes in this step.

First , get/cut your strands for this layer :

-    2x 7,30m
-    1x 5,50m
-    1x 5m
-    1x 4,30m
-    1x 3m

Once again, take the inner strands out and fold your gutted paracord in half .
Work from the middle to get your 12 strands.

Begin this layer as you did the first one, only arranging the strands by groups of  3 instead  of pairs (see pictures)
Begin plaiting with the upper right strand, then go on as you did so far.

The formula for the 12 plait is under 3, over 3 .
remember to keep things tight and even.

When you reach the marks where the whip becomes thinner,go a bit past them ( remove your marking aid ) and drop 2 strands as in the previous steps.

The formula for the 10 plait is under 3, over 2.
For the 8 plait it is under 2 over 2.

Continue the 8 strand plait until you reach the point where the taped part of the inner layer is.
Remove the tape.

Cut the 2 shortest strands of the inner layer there.
Cut the remaining 2 at 10cm(0.30 ft)  and 15-20cm (0.5-0.65 ft )

Continue the 8 plait over these.

Drop to a 6 plait ( under 2 over 1 ) as you progress.
Then to the 4 plait ( under 1 over 1) when to the end of  the lone inner cord.

Keep 15 cm of strands at the end to tie the fall knot.( next step)

Once again, the pictures featuring orange paracord are illustrations, they're not what your actual whip should look like at this point.

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Koolman2009 says: Jun 3, 2011. 8:47 AM
What does the comma mean when you are describing lengths? For example- 2x 7,30m. Does it mean two strands of 7 meter, 30 centimeter paracord? I want to be sure before killing my paracord. Awesome instructable by the way!
ch5 (author) in reply to Koolman2009Jul 26, 2011. 1:58 AM
Yes, that's it.
Thanks :)
jcbhaney says: Nov 26, 2010. 4:37 PM
when you get to the end of the inner layer,wont that have a big thickness change?and also,how to you finish off the inner plaiting?...thanks for the instructions!
ch5 (author) in reply to jcbhaneyDec 5, 2010. 5:45 AM
Well, it's as small as can be made.
You don't need to finish the inner layer in any fancy way.
You just tape it teporarily so it doesn't unravel while you plait the second layer. While the second ayer reaches over the end of the first one, it just holds the strands of the first layer inside.
The second one is ended as shown in step 15.
oud25 says: Jun 13, 2010. 1:49 PM
so how much cord did u use up in total estimated if not know
ch5 (author) in reply to oud25Jun 15, 2010. 9:20 AM
As said in step 1: I used 45m of paracord, and had a few short leftovers.