Paracord bracelet instructions or tutorials help the begging bracelet maker get started. There is no need to reinvent the bracelet from scratch if there are good tutorials available. Most makers find several different knots they prefer and stick with them. Advanced makers can also benefit from tutorials. A good tutorial is an easy way to try something new. If you try a new project, knot or weave and are not fond of it, the tutorial made it easy to give it a try.
Paracord bracelet patterns can be downloaded from our paracord bracelet instructions pdf files. You can view the instructions on line or print them. Viewing online is great for an individual. However, online viewing for a group is much harder. As an instructor with a single screen for a presentation you are limited by the slowest members of the group or risk losing them as you give instructions. For a bracelet you are showing a step-by-step process. If someone falls behind they are lost and frustrated. Printing the instructions for each member of the group makes instructing easier (summer camp, classes, family reunion, scouts, or friends). Each person can have the instructions right in front of them. Everyone in the group can proceed at their own pace. Some of the group may have done some of this before and can follow the diagrams easily. Others may struggle and need the instructor's help. The instructor can now focus on those individuals who need it the most.
How to make a paracord bracelet is a common question. Paracord bracelet instructions will give you a list of basics required. These will include scissors, lighter, fid needles, needle nose pliers or forceps, a tenth inch ruler and possibly a jig. Paracord projects can be more than just bracelets and can use several paracord types. Type III 550 Paracord is the commercial version of Mil Spec 550 Parachute Cord also known as Mil Spec Paracord or Mil Spec 550 Paracord. The 550 cord is most commonly used. 550 refers to its minimum tensile strength. Todays paracord family consists of many sizes or diameters of cord with different tensile strengths based on the original parachute cord concept. Most instructions will suggest the most common cord size for that particular project. You can also adjust the size recommended according to your desire. Dainty or large is up to you.
There are a lot of paracord projects that are not bracelets. Paracord projects pdf files can be downloaded just like the bracelet tutorials.
As you search and look at the different instructions available for making bracelets and other projects you will find a lot of support information. Tips and tricks that will make your projects easier and better quality.
Try rolling knots and braids when the project is complete. This works very well on wraps like you would do on walking sticks. When finished, roll the wrap between two smooth boards (use some pressure). This will make the braid or wrap have a much more uniform look.
Flattening paracord. Some projects call for the use of flattened paracord. Flat paracord or coreless paracord is the outer shell of the paracord with all the inner strands removed. You can purchase coreless cord or pull the inner strands out of the paracord you already have. This is used for projects like wallets or whips. If you want a nice crisp flattened paracord it will need to be moistened then pulled slowly thru a hair straightener or ironed with a towel on top of it.
Attaching paracord to buckles, clasps, shackles and other hardware. Save yourself some time. Finding instructions or tutorials on this is easy. Chances are poor that you are going to create a significantly different method.
Sizing a paracord bracelet. A fellow by the name of Sam Scafferi seems to have the best method and formula for sizing a bracelet for yourself or a customer. Start with a strip of paper. Put this around your wrist and mark it. Lets say it is 6.5 inches. This is your first measurement. Now attach the cord to your buckle, shackle, or clasp. Start making your bracelet until your about a third of the way done. Measure the thickness of your bracelet. Use a ruler that measures an inch in tenths. These rulers can be found in any office supply store. Let's say .4 is the thickness. Multiply .4 by 3.14 which will equal 1.26 inches. Add the 1.26 inches and the first measurement of 6.5 inches together. Rounded off this will be 7.75 inches for the total length of the bracelet including the attaching device in the closed position (like a snap together buckle). This will be a snug fit. If you want a looser fit and .1 or .2 more inches to the length. Sizing is import for yourself and your customer.
Another way to ease the stress of making the perfectly sized bracelet is to use an adjustable buckle or shackle. Most of these allow for three adjustments once the bracelet is complete.
The use of a jig can help significantly if you are making a lot of bracelets. Getting the right length is a lot easier with a jig.
Shrinking paracord. This is done by putting the paracord in boiling water for 10 to 20 seconds and then letting it dry. Paracord can and does have some shrinkage after getting wet. The amount of shrinkage will depend on material used for construction of the cord.
The advantage of shrinking is that your projects will stay sized better. For example, you build a bracelet that fits snug and then gets wet, it may be to snug. Wraps are another place shrinking could be handy. Wrap you project as snuggly as you can. Once your done, wet it with hot boiling water and let it dry. This will probably make the wrap even tighter. Other projects like a paracord cross or cancer awareness key chain would not benefit from doing this.
Paracord has been discovered for bracelets, all kinds of crafts, toys and repairs. The uses of paracord are endless. Take advantage of the paracord bracelet instructions and paracord projects information available.
M. Shane Sullivan, Owner/Manager of Paracordgalaxy.com