Monday, 3 February 2014

How to Make Survival Paracord Bracelet?

How to braid Survival Bracelet


To start cut and seal both ends of a twelve(12) foot length of paracord.
 Measure the wrist and add an inch or so to the measurement.
After you make a few you will get the hang of how much extra to use.
Start your bracelet by tying a Chinese Button Knot at the center of the cord.
Measure the bracelet from the edge of the button knot and tie a Constrictor Knot at the correct length.
From this point fold the cords back along what will become the inner cords.Tie another constrictor knot and inch or so from this end.
Just to remind the cord to stay in place for a while.
Smooth out the outer strands of cord along side the inner strands and tie another constrictor knot 3/8 to 1/2 inch from the button knot.
The constrictor knots will be removed later, they are just there to help hold thing in place for a while.
Grasp the cords just below the constrictor knot with one strand of cord going off each side.It doesn't make any difference which hand you use.
Make a small loop on the right side and take the cord behind the braid and hold it tight.
Bring the cord on the left side behind the cord you just brought over.

Take the end of the cord you brought behind and thread it through the loop on the right.
Pull the cord all the way through until it is almost snug.
Now Pull both cords so the knot is tight.It is important that you tighten all of the knots the same.
This time bring the cord on the right side over the top of the braid and out to the left.
Bring the left cord over the top of the cord you just brought across and then behind the braid.
Now insert this cord through the back of the loop on the right side.
Pull both cords snug.

Tighten the knot just as tight as you did the previous knot.

Bring the right cord behind the braid  and up and over the left cord.

Bring the left cord over the top and through the loop on the right side and tighten the knot.

After you have tied two or three square knots you can remove the constrictor knot from the end by the button knot.

If you happen to forget which cord is supposed to go where, just look at the last knot that was tied.The cord that is coming out of the knot and pointing up is the cord that will be behind the braid.

To speed things up a bit, I like to bring the cord that is going through and out the back of the knot over the braid and behind the cord that is pointing up.

Now bring the cord that is pointing up over the cord you just brought across and behind the braid.

Now bring the end up through the loop on the left and tighten the knot.Be sure the tension is the same on all of the knots.

As you can see the cord on the left is now pointing up.Bring the cord on the right side of the braid over the top of the braid.

Bring the upper left cord over the cord you just brought across, behind the braid and up and through the loop on the right side of the braid.

Tighten the knot,again making the tension the same.

Continue to tie square knots until you get an inch or so from the constrictor knot.

At this point you need to remove the constrictor knot and align the loops.
Continue to tie square knots until you are at a point where the loops will just fit over the button  knot at the other end of the braid.
At this point you can use a wood burning tool to cut and melt the ends of the cord next to the edge of the bracelet.You can use a lighter, but just be extremely careful. It is very easy to burn part of the bracelet that you don't want burned.
This is where I like to use a pair of hemostats or fine needle nose pliers to go under the knot at the end of the bracelet and grasp the cord.

Pull the end under the knot.
You want to be sure to pull the cord very tight.

Turn the braid over and do the same thing to the other side.

Again, you want to pull this under and pull it very tight.



I like to do this several times so there is no chance the cord will pull out.
At this point I saturate the cord with liquid glue.

Keep the cord away from the bracelet so the glue doesn't stick to any of the loops.

When the glue is dry, pull it through one more set of knots.

At this point I use a pair of side cutters to cut the cord through the glued area.

I then fold the bracelet and apply another drop or two of glue to the end to seal it so it doesn't come unraveled.

After the glue has dried do the same thing to the other side.

At this point you can move the knots so they cover the end of the cords.

To wear, bring the loop over the end of the button knot.If you need to use the parachute cord for an emergency, grasp the button knot and pull hard and the inner cords will pull through the knots.



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