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The Two Color Paracord Solomon Bar is the same knot used in making the Survival Bracelet. We are just going to add a little different twist to the popular bracelet. We will make it with two colors.
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Step 1: Layout

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Start with your two colors of paracord, lay them out as shown. One color on the left and the second color on the right.

Step 2: Begin your knot

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Take your left cord, make a loop with the running or working end of the paracord, going in front of the knot. Take your right cord, loop around the the left cord running or working end, go behind the knot and through the loop of the left cord.
*** you can start the knot on a buckle or key ring if you want to, I am just showing how the two colors will look... ***

Step 3: Pull tight

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Once you pull the knot tight you should start to see the familiar knot pattern of the Survival Bracelet.

Step 4: Continue tying the knots

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Continue tying the knots

Step 5: After a few more knots

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By now you can see the Solomon Bar forming... In the example you can see the RED cord is forming the edges of the Solomon Bar... But what if you wanted the BLACK color to be on the edge...????

Step 6: The big surprise...

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If you turn your work over you will see the colors are reversed...

You can use this knot to make Survival Bracelets, or key chains, or what ever you like...

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Andy051121 hours ago
These are epic pictures! The quality is super crisp. Great Instructable too.
dmay88 made it!2 months ago
thanks!! I was able to make this. I just cut the end and infused them together.
sangreti7 months ago
great tutorial! very fun project
dalton88041 year ago
What length cord should I use
sklnxbones (author)  dalton88041 year ago
Dalton, the length is up to you... In this demo I was just showing the steps in order to tie the knots... if you want to tie a bracelet then you would measure your wrist (add a little bit more to allow for the knots and to make it just a bit lose) and then start tying knots. The length is up to you depending on what you want to make... If you are making a belt or guitar strap the length will be significantly longer than a bracelet...

I hope that helps.

mackgo1 year ago
Thanks for posting this. Great illustration and pics!!! However, this would be a complete bracelet if you could post a picture or pictures of the placement of the buckles (of how you put them on). I have the curved buckles and the 3 prong buckle has 2 slots. Again, thanks for the clear instructions!
what are soloman bars used for
sklnxbones (author)  parabuilder1 year ago
Solomon Bars are a series of knots. Think of it as your car... It takes you where you want to go, where you go is up to you... Solomon Bars can be turned into a huge variety of different things. Most commonly they are used as "survival bracelets", but you can make key chains, belts, guitar straps, zipper pulls, etc. Really anything you want... I hope this answers your question.
Not alot of instructions on how to actually make the braid...
Thisessures2 years ago
The final result it's just amazing, congratz = )
jtay452 years ago
I made a couple of braclets with paracord my son gave me from when he was an Army Ranger. I then ordered some from online and the width of it is so much larger and stiffer than what I got from him. My braclets are "spiraling or twisting around" because of the thickness! What size do most people use? It also looks as if my stritch changed a couple of time - I kept going back and doing over, but didn't work out. HELP!!! (for some reason I can't get the photo of it to post)
sklnxbones (author)  jtay452 years ago
Sorry for the delay jtay45... If you want your bracelet to be "straight" then you must alternate which strand goes under the knot. Alternate Left and then right and then left again. That keeps the knot straight. If you want the bracelet to twist then use the same strand each time to go under, Right then Right then Right... that will make the knot twist. I hope that helps...The thickness of the cord does not matter, the knots you tie matter.
Just resently made one for me....great idea Thanks for sharing.
sklnxbones (author) 3 years ago
Sorry for the delay... Pull the cords that are going horizontal. when tying knots you will have a Running End and a Standing End... the Standing Ends are the pieces of cord that you are NOT working with... the Running Ends are the ends you are working with. Here is a link that will help you tie the bracelet

I hope this helps
NE patsrock3 years ago
which strings do u pyll im havin trouble
NE patsrock3 years ago
I don't understand this at all can u please send me a link of a better detailed verson
hholland23 years ago
nice work!
triumphman3 years ago
How do I measure the cord to fit my 8" wrist? Do I cut it free from my roll of cord? What is the length of each strand? Red: Black: I don't want to cut it too short and have to waste any cord! Thanks. Triumphman. Fri. 6-17-11 10:51 am EST
JonnySpec4 years ago
recommend wearing gloves when doing the solomon style. unless you like blisters and sore spots on the side of your fingers ( personal experience) I make bracelets like this all the time and when you are tying them tight you can basicly get a friction ( rope burn) on your index finger from the cord.
mkb7514 years ago
For black to be on edge, simply flip it over. :)
sooprfrk4 years ago
While doing this I found out that you have to alternate which side of the cord you place "under" the knot! So if you go under the knot with the cord on the right you have to go under the knot with the cord on the left the next time. Then just continue alternating until the desired length.
sklnxbones (author)  sooprfrk4 years ago
Sooprfrk, You are absolutely correct... I might have neglected that little tidbit. Alternating the "under" cord you get the STRAIGHT Solomon Bar. If you don't alternate the "under" cord you will get the TWISTED Solomon Bar which is another cool project... here is a picture of the 2 Color TWISTED Solomon Bar.
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