Then I thought that some fishing line in it would make the bracelet even more useful in a survival situation. So I knotted a bit and made an instructable out of it to help people makeing a survival bracelet themself.
Step 1: Things You'll Need
- about 25 feet of paracord (depending on how thick your wrist is)
- a lighter
- about 15 feet of fishing line (depending on how you knot it or how often you wrap it around)
Step 2: Measuring Your Wrist
Take one end of the paracord and mesure your wrist by winding it around. Then take this length three times and cut it off. Melt the cut edges with a lighter to get them nice and smooth.
Step 3: Making the Central Loop
Take the cut-off piece and knot the ends together to get a big loop. Put it around your wrist to see if it fits. It should not be rather loose because otherwise it won't fit later on. It's easy to shorten it, but you would have to untie the whole thing when it's too tight.
Step 4: Starting to Knot
Now you can start knotting the bracelet. Take the big loop you made in the previous step and lay it down in front of you with the knot facing in your direction. Now take the rest of the paracord and loop it around the shorter bit. The ends of the long piece should be the same length. Make a overhand knot to keep the string in place.
Step 5: The Knot Itself, 1
Take the left-handed string and lay it over the big loop and under the right-handed string. Then take the right-handed string, lay it under the big loop and through the loop you made with the left-handed string. Make sure that you pull the right-handed string from the bottom up through the loop and not from the top down.
Step 6: The Knot Itself, 2
Now it's important to tie the bracelet right. Otherwise it will start twisting. If you look at the bracelet and the string comes out at the bottom, you have to pull it over the big loop in the middle. If it comes out at the top, you have to pull it under the two strings in the middle. When doing it right, the bracelet should become straight. Another important thing is to make every knot evenly tight, so that the bracelet looks nice.
Step 7: The Fishing Line
Tie the bracelet until you reach the end of the central cords. It's time now for the fishing line. Repeat steps 3-5 with the fishing line. I know that it's not as easy as it is with the paracord, but try to make it as tight as possible. The best way of tieing it is to tie it shifted like shown in the picture below.
If you want to you can just wrap it around as well. That is much easier, but I think that you won't be able to use the same amount of fishing line. I myself first knotted it but then decided to wrap it around.
Step 8: (Optional) More Fishing Line
When you reach the end, you can go up again. Like that you have about twice the length. It might come in handy someday...
Step 9: Going Up Again
When you are finished with tieing the fishing line, make sure that it will hold and wont slip off or untie itself. Then you can take the paracord again and tie it the other way up again. Just turn the bracelet upside down and use the same knotting technique as before. Like that the fishing line is protected and the bracelet looks better as well.
Step 10: The End of Knotting
When you reach the end, just take the ends of the paracord and slip them through the loops of the knot, pull it thight, shorten the string and melt the ends. If you do it right, the braclet will hold. If you do it wrong, the bracelet will untie itself by time.
Step 11: Adjusting the Length
The bracelet is nearly finished. Put it around your wrist and slip the knot of the middle strings through the loop on the other side. If you're lucky, the bracelet fits. If not, just untie the knot and retie it at the right place.
Have fun with your new bracelet!