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I have seen some paracord bracelets lately that have a small actual d-ring shackle as a buckle.  I have been searching e-bay for these shackle, but have only found a few that would work. most are just too big. I can see where these would be really handy in a survival situation.

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On the lanyards I have made, I tied the last 3-4 crosses just a little more loosely, then used a small screwdrive and needle nosed pliers to work the ends back up under the crosses, one end on each side. This will tighten the knots as you work your way up. After working the ends up as far as you can (usually 3-4 strands), I clipped any extra off and melted it to keep if from fraying. This seems to hold up very well.

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On the lanyards I have made, I tied the last 3-4 crosses just a little more loosely, then used a small screwdrive and needle nosed pliers to work the ends back up under the crosses, one end on each side. This will tighten the knots as you work your way up. After working the ends up as far as you can (usually 3-4 strands), I clipped any extra off and melted it to keep if from fraying. This seems to hold up very well.

 

Those look wonderful!  I'm totally laughing at mine right now.  :grin:

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Here is the latest paracord bracelet I made last weekend.  The first was just a little small, but my oldest son liked it so I gave that one to him.  I used about 12 feet of cord in this one (I doubled up the middle strands, putting 4 in there to get more cord).  I use a small screwdriver to work the ends back up under the strands to secure it.

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Here are two different watch bands I've now made out of paracord, along with a paracord bracelet I made a while back.  Both watchbands contain 10-12 feet of paracord.

 

The one on the right, I did twice this weekend, since no sooner than I finished it, I managed to break the buckle, so I got to redo it.  This one is one continuous piece of cord and is woven from one side to the other. This pattern is a little more complex and takes longer to work the cord into the correct position as you work through it.

 

The center one is two pieces, on for each side of the band and uses a simple crossover and tie from each side.

 

The biggest challenge for both of these was getting them to the correct length.  I finally took my watch and old band, measured the total length and the length from the top to the watch.  I then used those measurements, along with a little extra for thickness to set the initial lenght.  Both were a little stiff when first completed, but softend up after wearing them a couple of days.

 

These are fun to make and I'm looking for different patterns to use and also for a pattern to make a belt.

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OFG, Nice work. You can use those patterns to make a belt if you want. Either one of those will work. Just get yourself a heavier buckle for the belt.

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Thanks, Tatonka.  I was thinking either of those patterns would work, but was trying to figure out a way to make the belt adjustable.

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Kim...can I share something I learned about making these?  If you mess them up.....undo them and start over.  No need to worry.  If you saw me last night....you would get over your fear to make one.....I must have re-done this one for my daughter about 6 times.  Give it a try....the worst thing that will happen is you get more practice.

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ofg if you use the standard square knot one you can make it adjustable, i used to make belts out of industrial hemp and used the same knots i was using techniques out of a old macrame book my mom had, it requires alot of cord tho. i believe when i made my hemp ones i was made a belt that fit me and it was a 34 in belt and it took around 50 to 60 feet. and i just went to my local leather working store and bought brass belt buckles. they worked great and as i got older and drank more barley pop i could adjust it to fit.

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Kim - I agree with outofdoors - no biggie is you don't get it quite right the first time, just untie it and start over.  I don't think I have made one yet that I haven't redone a couple of times.  It takes some practice to get the sizing right and the ties uniform so they look better.

 

Thanks for the info, outofdoors.  I was thinking of that and I already have a couple of buckles off of old belts that I think would work.

 

Here is a new bracelet I made last night.  On this one, I used a Chinese button knot on the starting end instead of a button or buckle.  I then just loop the open ends around it to hold it on. It works great and you don't need anything but paracord.

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a belt a great idea.excellent work I still trying just scared that I can't do it I have to get over that

 

Every journey begins with the first step out the door! :)

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I found a pattern for a belt using 6 cords.  I had and old leather braided belt that I took apart last night.  It used 7 strands and I was able to braid that back together pretty easily. I took it apart and then tried again using six and that worked well too.  It will be easy to loop three long cords over the buckle to get six strands.  Should be fun.

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Here is another version of a paracord bracelet I made last night.  This one uses 12 feet of paracord.  I only had to re-do this one once.

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I salvaged some off of old backpacks or other bags.  I also bought some off of eBay - I found someone that would sell me a selection of sizes, styles and colors.

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