Introduction: Cobra Weave Paracord Bracelet (No Buckle)
The Cobra Weave, also called the Solomon Knot, is easier to tie than you think. All you need is a couple rolls of parachute cord, a few tools I bet you already have, and maybe thirty minutes. This is my very first Instructable, so I hope you like it.
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Step 1: Gather Materials
For this easy project you will need a pair of scissors, a small pocket lighter, and two different colors of paracord at your choice.
Step 2: Cut Your Rope
The bracelet will require one length of paracord measuring 3' long, and another length of cord measuring 7' long. After you have cut the ropes, burn the ends.
Step 3: Starting Your Bracelet
Take both of your ropes and fold them in the middle. Working with the bends that were just made, take one bend and and bring it through the other bend, at the same time pinching the latter to create a closed loop. Take the part you are pinching and bring it up through the first loop, running all of your cord through. When pulled tight, the two loops should grab each other. Thinking about which color you want to be weaving, (should be the 7' cord), fold that side down and part the ropes to form something like the last picture above.
Step 4: The Cobra Weave
Take one of your working ends (it does not matter what one right now) and pass it over the body (the part you are not using). Now take the other working end and around your other working end and under the body. Now bring the same end up through the loop that was made between the first working end and the body. See Pictures. Pull extremely tight.
Step 5: Switch Your Working Ends
Notice how I switch which rope goes over and which one goes under every time. The working end that is pointing down when the last weave is finished should be going over the body, and the one that is pointing up should be going under the body. Make sure to alternate every time. Keep weaving until you have covered a large part of the desired lenght, but don't go to far! You need plenty of room to tie the stopper knot.
Step 6: Turk's Head Stopper Knot
You should now be pretty far down the bracelet. Now it is time to tie the stopper knot. Take the two cords that make up the body and put them around one or two of your fingers with each cord on an opposite side of the fingerwith the bracelet on the backside of your hand. With the new working ends in your palm, take the left cord in the crook of your thumb and make a loop with the right cord. The loop should be over the left cord with it in the middle. Now take the left cord and bring it around the loop and go over the loop under the inside strand and over the loop again. This should now look like a figure eight with a diamond in the middle.Take the strand closest to you and bring it past the place where the right strand first came out and then under and up through the middle of the diamond. Now take the other end and bring it around the counter -clockwise and up through the diamond. I apologize if these Turk's Head instructions were not clear enough, but there are some good videos on YouTube.
Step 7: Finish It Off
You're almost done now. Weave down farther if you think there needs to be more. Snip and burn the excess off. Then, you're done!