Introduction: Better Way to Fuse Paracord Strands

About: I'm just a guy who likes working with his hands.

This instructable is mainly to help show another method to fuse two paracord strands together for making bracelets, fobs, or what have you. The original method of just melting the ends of the cords and putting them together quickly to form a bond works well, but as some know, that bond can break ruining your project. This method takes a minute or so longer, but in my opinion works great. You can use this method to bond two different color strands together, or taking two pieces of the same color that are each too short to make your bracelet, and combine them into one larger piece. I haven't had any problems with my projects since I started using this method. I hope it helps you.

Step 1: Materials

- 2 pieces of paracord

- Scissors

- Lighter

- Needle

- Thread
-- Its better to use the same color thread as your paracord.

Step 2: Thread Your Needle

Plain and simple.

Use thread that's the same color as your cord. Makes it less noticeable.

After threading your needle, make sure to knot your loose ends together.

Step 3: Remove Inner Threads

If your paracord's end is already melted shut, just one end of both cords, snip it off.

Pull the sheath down, inner strands out, about an inch, then cut the exposed inners off.

Step 4: Connect the Two Cords

For this step, you will need to melt the end of one of the cords. Use your lighter to melt the end, and then carefully shape it into a dome.

Insert the domed end of the cord into the other cord. Once you have it inserted, use your lighter again to melt the end of the outer cord and smooth it out.

Using your threaded needle, push the needle through the cords where they overlap, careful not to pull the thread all the way through. Pass the needle through the loop in the thread(where you knotted it earlier), pull taunt.

Stitch along the cord where the two overlap each other several times. After making several stitches, cut off the thread near the needle and tie off the thread. As was done in the first step of stitching, I passed the needle through several loops, pulled taunt, then cut off the excess cord.

And there ya have it, a stronger way to combine two cords when making bracelets, fobs, collars, etc/