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« on: November 21, 2011 12:49:06 AM »

First a little backstory.....
While browsing a video game related online store, I found these very nice looking bracelets, after some research and realizing the practicality of such an item, I needed one but without paying 20 bucks for something I could do for 5 and my spare time. After browsing a great deal of websites and 4 days of attempting a Cobra Weave, I finally got it figured out. (yeah, I'm terrible at following directions so it took me a while.) I must say that I am thrilled with the outcome and for sure will be doing a great deal more paracord work...next up, a full belt.




Also in this research of how to make this, I generally learned a lot about survival techniques, survivalist culture and the DIY involved. (can I  get a "YAY!!!" for manly feeling crafts?)

Thanks for taking a look.
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2011 03:46:21 AM »

It does look awesome and I applaud your... um... manliness?
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2011 05:13:46 AM »

It's great, a great idea, and yes, I applaud your survivalist spirit...  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2011 05:29:50 AM »

Thank you both.

My biggest thing with ever craft I have gotten into has always been "well, what is the practicallity? What else is this good for other then decoration for my house or for a loved one?"
most the time I just shrug... In my current research I'm finding a lot more stuff that makes a lot more sense. Always helps to know how to truly survive a zombie attack..or I've just been playing too many post-apocalyptic games recently.
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2011 06:18:39 AM »

You can never play too many post apocalyptic survival games. Goomba, would you mind sharing your most helpful links from when you were researching how to do this?
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2011 06:30:43 AM »

I sure can.

http://www.itstactical.com/skillcom/knots/never-leave-the-house-again-without-paracord/


and while mine does not have a side release buckle (can't seem to find any local) this one is set up super nice

http://stormdranespbtutorial.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2011 11:20:26 AM »

Well done! I tried it before, but gave up... I can't seem to follow instructions.. not even a youtube movie!

Here is another website with lots of knots and survival tips/ techniques, and so on:

http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-outside/channel-knots/
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2011 11:30:09 AM »

I'm going to steal your belt idea.  I made a survival bracelet and actually had to take it part to use on a camping trip this summer.  My life didn't depend on it, but it was handy none the less.  It could have been a little longer though so I love the idea of making a belt.
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2011 03:28:47 PM »

I'm going to steal your belt idea.  I made a survival bracelet and actually had to take it part to use on a camping trip this summer.  My life didn't depend on it, but it was handy none the less.  It could have been a little longer though so I love the idea of making a belt.

yeah, the over all practicality of a bracelet is not nearly as good. For a belt, I actually recommend not doing the belt of all cord but actually wrapping another belt with. there for you have like 100-200 feet of cord but yet still have a belt which can either hold your pants up or may also be handy in saving your life.
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2011 03:32:45 PM »

Actually, you can get a lot of yardage into the bracelets if you really scootch up the knots tightly.There is still a lot of slack between your knots yet.  We make these at work.
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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2011 03:38:19 PM »

you think so? Seems pretty tight to me. There is a little in some random spots. I could see getting maybe another foot in.
Would also be nice if I didn't have such small wrists.
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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2011 03:51:34 PM »

I know there is more room Smiley I was doing it very loose at first and the girl who showed me said "No! Tighter!" lol

The lines in the middle become parallel if they are scootched up enough.
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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2011 05:52:01 PM »

Alright, thanks for the tip. I'm going to do another one as soon as I can order some side release clasps, I'll for sure try getting that tighter.
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2011 02:42:31 AM »

Ok so this might be a dumb question...especially from someone who happens to own paracord...I bought some for stringing up a hammock..but why is it considered necessary to carry..what kinds of scenarios would it be useful for..apart from climbing down a cliff or something like that..is there somethign i am missing?
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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2011 04:15:13 AM »

Ok so this might be a dumb question...especially from someone who happens to own paracord...I bought some for stringing up a hammock..but why is it considered necessary to carry..what kinds of scenarios would it be useful for..apart from climbing down a cliff or something like that..is there somethign i am missing?


A lot of stuff..for me the draws of always having it on me in an urban setting consists of finding stuff that will not fit on my messenger bag, while my messenger bag can have stuff strapped to the outside, being able to tie it down would make it an easier carry for the walk to my destination.
....lots of tying comes to mind, securing things down...
Things break or come apart a lot, I'm not opposed to using paracord like thread.
In the end, Paracord is like ductape, there is plenty of uses for it and it's when you are not carrying it that you need it most.
like I said, I like to get myself into places and situations that I probably shouldn't. In those moments that cord could make or break what it is.
plus it just looks nice. Wink
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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2011 05:04:45 AM »

Ok so this might be a dumb question...especially from someone who happens to own paracord...I bought some for stringing up a hammock..but why is it considered necessary to carry..what kinds of scenarios would it be useful for..apart from climbing down a cliff or something like that..is there somethign i am missing?

I know this one military-styled site that sells them (one of those $25 places Goomba was talking about!) gave some examples that people had supposedly used them for (they say if you use it you can tell them what for & they'll send you a replacement), like tourniquets, towing a vehicle, tying a grill to a car, making a shelter, and tying a boat to a dock. The point is, you never know where you'll be and what can happen that you might need it for. You might never, but it might end up being a vital resource at some point. Hence, having them in something like a bracelet, where you're not carrying around a backpack full of survival gear or anything, just a simple little thing worn on your person. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2011 05:10:56 AM »

Regarding the amount of paracord - the site I mentioned^ says "We build each one with approximately 1.75 feet per every inch of wrist size. A size 7.5 will give you approximately 14 feet of paracord when unraveled." so you can compare what you're doing with the big bucks guys. Wink
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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2011 05:34:36 AM »

Exactly, Melby, good answer!   

Outdoorsmen of different kinds, tactical, military, hunters etc all have different paracord skills even beyond the obvious ones. If you take the cord apart the thin strands in the middle can be tied into a net to catch fish with. The internal strands have a lot of first aid uses since they are strong and have been kept mostly clean by the exterior weaving. Weapons/food gathering tools are possible with knowledge of knots. Rafts are even possible with the length in a bracelet if you lay it out a certain way.

I've learned a lot from the tactical guys that I work with. They are so creative with these things and they never attributed it to being crafty.
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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2011 05:47:41 AM »

Wow, rafts?? That's wild! haha
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« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2011 06:21:53 AM »

Exactly, Melby, good answer!   

Outdoorsmen of different kinds, tactical, military, hunters etc all have different paracord skills even beyond the obvious ones. If you take the cord apart the thin strands in the middle can be tied into a net to catch fish with. The internal strands have a lot of first aid uses since they are strong and have been kept mostly clean by the exterior weaving. Weapons/food gathering tools are possible with knowledge of knots. Rafts are even possible with the length in a bracelet if you lay it out a certain way.

I've learned a lot from the tactical guys that I work with. They are so creative with these things and they never attributed it to being crafty.

Good stuff.
I also think I know of the site Melby is talking about, pretty sure I came across it during my research. I would love to get more cord into my bracelet despite the size of my wrist. It would truly be more practical that way. There is probably enough in this one to do anything I would need to but, again, can never have too much cord on your person.
While I do carry a bag every where in which usually has my knife, ductape, my wallet and what have you....having access to cord in that moment that you need it without having to stop and go "it's in my bag..gotta get into my bag"
Great examples ladies. While not being a man of military background or spending a lot of time around tactical types, such examples never really come to mind.
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« Reply #20 on: November 22, 2011 08:29:43 AM »

I really need to make one of these... yours looks great!

As for making it longer/adding more cord, what if you make it twice the size of your wrist so you're wrapping it twice instead of just once? Then you'd have twice as much cord.
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« Reply #21 on: November 22, 2011 09:42:50 AM »

Grand idea. I'd just be concerned about the over all size of it...as in, being sorta bulky.
I have one that I'm kinda sorta (not really) working on that has a large side release clip on it, not making it my wrist size, just making it a decent size and seeing if I can get 25 feet of cord in.
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« Reply #22 on: November 22, 2011 03:01:44 PM »

If you use a small clip like a kitty clip it won't eat up so much space on your bracelet also Wink
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« Reply #23 on: November 22, 2011 05:01:43 PM »

Grats on making your own! My husband is an assistant scoutmaster, so we get the BSA catalogue flyer things all the time. They've got bracelets just like that for about $6 or so with a little clasp in them. My father-in-law, who has been a scoutmaster on and off for many many years, made actual whips out of plaited paracord (he did make some out of leather strips after a few paracord ones). It's really neat stuff!
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« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2011 10:20:41 PM »

If you use a small clip like a kitty clip it won't eat up so much space on your bracelet also Wink

very true.
again, just waiting to get em and then I shall be going paracrazy. haha
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« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2011 04:01:05 AM »

thanks guys for all the responses..i can see now situations where it would be useful to have one...

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« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2011 01:05:39 PM »

I had a BLM ranger, retired Air Force I think, tow my golf cart at burning man with two strands of military grade paracord. The key to make sure it's military grade, it will have one strand of the white cords, inside the nylon casing, that has a single stripe.

One complete strand of military grade paracord has a breaking strength of 550lbs. So double the strand you get 1100lbs breaking strength and so on and so forth.

Great stuff. I need to get some for my car. Just in case.

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« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2011 05:40:11 AM »

I sure can.

http://www.itstactical.com/skillcom/knots/never-leave-the-house-again-without-paracord/


and while mine does not have a side release buckle (can't seem to find any local) this one is set up super nice

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I like it with the side buckle - for dog owners, make the dog carry the goods and make their collar with it Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: November 26, 2011 02:52:51 PM »

you know what would make this super cool would be to put an army navy watch with a compass on it or just a compass.
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« Reply #29 on: November 27, 2011 03:32:33 AM »

you know what would make this super cool would be to put an army navy watch with a compass on it or just a compass.

a compass would for sure be a fantastic idea. I'll keep it in mind when scavenging material next time.
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« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2011 08:28:15 PM »

Nice, I've made mostly hemp jewelry in the past but I recently made a few paracord bracelets with the side release buckles and I like em.  I also made a replacement watch band using the cobra stitch and it's holding up great and looks pretty good.  You might want to give that a try if you have any old watches lying around.


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« Reply #31 on: November 29, 2011 11:02:45 AM »

I love it! I made one last year and hubby at time just had to have one, and when I wore it to class, a guy had me to take a charm like component and make one for him. I just recently (last night lol) ordered some side release buckles to try since I couldn't find any around here. I have an army penpal that was surprised I was able to make one, he is supposed to get me some old military buttons Cheesy I have already made two lanyards for gifts & have been requested to make two more. I love the versatility of the paracord!
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« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2011 11:01:05 AM »

I love this and wanted to make something similar for my dad for Christmas.  I had no idea where to get the supplies or what the cord was even called!  Now I just need to find me some paracord so I can make these for next year!
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« Reply #34 on: December 27, 2011 09:13:47 AM »

Fabulous bracelet.  I ordered one of these for my nephew for Christmas in Red Sox colors.  Great job creating one for yourself!
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« Reply #35 on: December 29, 2011 10:38:36 AM »

That is super cool!!  Love it!!
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« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2012 10:24:27 AM »

I love 5-50 cord! Cheesy It's so durable and works for almost everything. I've gotten so much use out of the bracelet I wear.
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« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2012 07:16:58 PM »

My oldest son made some of these last year, and people are always commenting on them (and wanting one).  I ordered one online for my son for Christmas because it had a dog-tag attached, and I didn't have time to figure out how to make them on my own before Christmas got here.  His friends at school are always bugging him for one.   I've even read about a kid that makes them and sells them online to make extra spending money.  This is definitely a future project for me.  Thanks for sharing!
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