Saturday, February 17, 2007
After you've filled up the space between the buckles with knots, trim the leftover cord ends off with your scissors, melt the ends and press them onto the surrounding cord so it attaches as it hardens and won't come loose.
*Be careful that you don't burn yourself. You may use the flat side of your scissors on the hot melted cord.
An alternative to melting the ends, is to use hemostats/forceps and tuck/pull the cord ends under a few of the knots, down the center of the bracelet, then trim and tuck the ends to finish.
I've also put this tutorial up on the Instructables website.
On my main blog page, Stormdrane's Blog, you can see various other paracord lanyards, fobs, keychains, bracelets, collars, belt, and a guitar strap that I've made, as well as links for more knot related books and online links for knot related information.
*Further tips for paracord bracelets: If the side release buckle is large enough, you can loop the paracord around them again before you start knotting, to fill in the extra room on the buckle.
The 1/2" side release buckles are a tight fit for this, but will work, and the 5/8" size are just right.
This leaves a two strand core for the bracelet when you start knotting.
Now, you could also have a four strand core by starting with a lark's head on the first buckle end, double wrap on second buckle end(at your wrist size), run cord back to and over the first buckle end, then start knotting over the four strand core.
Or, for a six strand core, lark's head first buckle, run the two strands around second buckle(at your wrist size), back to and around first buckle(now has four strands around), then back to and around second buckle, and start knotting around the six core strands.
This gives extra cord in case you need it for whatever, but it also makes the paracord bracelets thicker and more rounded, which I personally didn't care for and that's why I stick with the two strand core. YMMV