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How to Make a Double Wide Cobra Paracord Bracelet

Posted by Stacy on 4/11/2013

Know How to do a corbra weave paracord bracelet? The check this double weave cobra paracord bracelet out for something that is a little different.



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Megan: Hi, this is Megan with beadaholique and today I�m going to show you how to make a wide or a double Cobra Paracord Bracelet. As you can see, if you�re familiar with what the basic cobra looks like, this is just two of those side-by-side and they only have one cord down the center, so they are a little thinner. For this braid I�m going to use a wider plastic buckle. I�m using a one inch wide buckle. I�m going to make this for a man and so I made it longer. Standard man�s bracelet is eight inches, that is standard wrist measurements, so I went ahead and figured my buckle length. On these one inch buckles is about 2 � to 2 � of an inch. It�s kind of hard to measure with the curve. You�re going take your wrist measurement and add an inch because it�s think. You need a little bit of extra room so if you have an eight inch wrist, you�re going to want a nine inch bracelet, but then you�re going to take the buckle measurement out of that. Instead of having nine inches of braid, you�re going to have nine minus 2 � which is just about 6 �. It�s a little bit of math to figure out exactly how long you want your braid to be. You can also try just trying it on when you get to that point.

I am going to go ahead and use about eight feet of one color and two eight foot pieces of a second color. On this example here I used two lengths of the camouflage and one length of the black. I�m going to do another one now that has two lengths of black and one length of gray. The general rule of thumb is to use about a foot of paracord on each strand for each inch of braiding. I like to go a little bit more than that. I like to use about a foot for each inch of bracelet you want, so I�m doing eight feet. I found that even if you have a little bit of leftover it�s better than running out.

Go ahead and find the middle of all three of your lengths and these buckles have � the male end has a double loop. It doesn�t just have one, it has two so in order to get the knots to sit nicely underneath you want to make sure that you have the part where the larks head knot crosses over facing away from the buckle. I�m going to go ahead and knot these all onto here with larks head knot separately. I�m going to grab one of the cords whichever one you have two colors of and you�re going to bring it to the top opening up from underneath, and if you can�t quite get it through, you can use a pair of chain-nose pliers to give it a pull and then take the loop back down through the lower opening and pull the ends through to create larks head knot.

Next you�re going to put in the string that you have just one of, whichever your complimentary color is. Again just put up through the top opening, back down and tie a second larks head knot and then pull this nice and slug because you�re going to need to make room for a third strand in here. Push this down, make some room and you�re going to put your last coir into the space here, and just like before you�re going to bring it back down and make a larks head knot. Go ahead and give this all a nice tag and get them really tight and they should just sit back underneath the bar here on the buckle.

Once you have your three cords knotted it into all sick links coming out here, you�re going to split the center, your gray cord and have that go off under the right group and that go off under the left group. Now you�re going to do two knots here, so the macram� square knot is what you use to do the cobra pattern and we have a video actually on shamballa bracelets but it�s just to show macram� square knotting. It�s the shamballa bracelets part 1 macram� square knotting. If you aren�t familiar with the square knots it can be helpful to get that down.

First we�re going to take our left cord and go over the center cord, take the gray cord and pull it over the left cord, under the middle and now through the loop and then you�re going to go over to your right group and you�re going to mirror that. You�re going to take your left cord underneath, bring the right cord under the gray cord over the middle and down through. Now you can see here that your black cords are wanting to cross already, so that�s fine. We want them to cross, that�s how you�re going to keep your two threads together instead of being separate. I�m going to bring the left cord over the top of the right cord and you want to keep that consistent as you work so that you have a nice, even, consistent little group of crossovers at the back.

Now to the left, I�m going to take the gray cord under the center, the black cord under the gray, over the center and down through the loop. Here you�re going to take the black cord over the center, the gray over, under and through. Now I�m just going to finish those square knots and that will give me � since I don�t cross this over again, I�m just going to do every other knot will cross over. Basically when it�s black cords in the center, they will cross, when it�s gray cords in the center, they will not and that will give you the nice double line all the way down in the middle. For the left hand knot just continue with your square knots, change you�re going to alternate which cord is on top so that it doesn�t twist. Then the right one goes under and then again I�m going to take the left of the center cords and take it over the right. Take your cord under the center, under, over and through, on this side, over the center, over, under and through. Then since I have gray in the center, I�m going to keep them on the same side, I�m not going to cross them. All the way to the left side you�re going to take your cord over, over, under and through and then your second knot you�re going to start with under. Now you have black cords in the center you are going to cross them over, take the left over the right and you�re just going to continue to knot in this way.

You can see when you get a few done that you have two nice cobra braids side by side and in the back you can see the little Xes where the black cords cross over and that�s what keeps it together. You�re going to go ahead and the number that you figured out in the beginning for how many inches you need your knotting to be, you�re going to go ahead and finish that. For my purposes I needed to be 6 � to make a bracelet for a standard man fit inch wrist. I�m just going to finish that up. You go ahead and braid almost as much as you want your full length braid to be. I am leaving myself about an inch and a half at the bottom here. You can see I�m trying to just replicate this size here. This is about 6 � inches of braiding and so you can see here that I�ve stopped about an inch and a half shy.

What you need to do now is attach your second half of the clasp. The reason you don�t do this at the beginning like you do with a lot of other paracord bracelets is because it�s easier to do this kind of knotting without the ends attached because you got to weave through the middles. What we�re going to do is just take our center cord and bring it through here and right down the center. Go ahead and flip the whole thing over and give yourself enough slack for the rest of the braid that you need. If you need another 1 � of braid, go ahead and give yourself another 1 � there. If you have a ruler or something else, I�m just going to go ahead and hold mine up to this one because I know that that�s the same length that I want.

Then next you�re going to cut the center cords right about at where you�re braiding stops and we�re going to fuse these ends onto the cord here. We want to do it up a little further so that there is room for them to get knotted over, which is what makes that bond nice and strong. It is a little tricky to fuse the cord to itself, but we�re going to just go ahead and start with one side first and cutting it through that length gives you a good way to check and make sure that you�re holding in the right spot. When you melt it you are going to lose a little bit of length off of it though, so once you�ve got it in the right place make sure you don�t move it around too much. Again, you�re going to want to use just a cheap plastic lighter, you don�t want one with shrink wrap on the sides and you want one you make sure that you�re not going to be sad if it gets wrecked. You�re going to push it down onto itself with the side of the lighter. Just be careful that will burn you like crazy. It�s very hot. If it doesn�t stick the first time, that�s all right. One way that�s helpful is to try to go ahead and not have your finger right there. If you can melt this side a little bit that can be helpful. Don�t melt all the way through it or else you won�t have a cord to knot on. Again what�s really going to hold it is the knotting that goes over the top, so as long as you can keep it in place, it�s probably good enough. All right, so once you have one side fused you�re going to just go right ahead and repeat with the other side and make sure that you keep it even, that you don�t have it crooked or your buckle won�t sit straight.

Okay, so we�re going to go ahead and put our work back over and you�re going to continue your knotting right over your strands, just doubled up as they are. Just like before you�re going to do your knotting but you need to now pull the strands between here, which is why we waiting until closer to the end. Once you�ve done the rest of this knotting, it should be pretty easy to do this part even though technically it�s a little more difficult but you should understand the way it works well enough to not get confused by having those attached right there. Cross over, all right so I think there�s room for about one more, and right in here is where it can get really tricky.

You can move your knots down and up a little bit, what you�re doing is separating them or compacting them. If it seems like it�s not going to fit another whole knot there, you can move them up or down. The more you push them up the more steady it�s going to be, but if you want to like show an interesting color in the core or something like that you could also pull them down. All right, so I�m going to try to fit one more in there. Now I�m going to pull these center strings both to the back because it�s hard to fuse down the middle without heating the rest of your strings, so just go ahead and pull those center strings both to the back and we�ll go ahead and fuse the ends on the outside first.

Just like with the standard cobra bracelet, pretty much most cobra bracelets, you�re going to snip the ends right off, leave yourself a little bit about maybe between an eighth of an inch and a quarter of an inch, somewhere in there. Now you�re going to take your lighter and melt the end, and all that extra that you left yourself go ahead and wait for that to get all melty, you can see it happen and when it�s pretty good looking, take the side of the lighter and squish it in. If it�s messy that�s not a big deal because you can just clump with scissors or push cutter and trim it off. You do want it to spread out, that�s going to keep it from popping back through. If it�s scratchy or anything then you can just re-melt it a little bit and then smooth out. Do that for both of your outside ends and if you hold it in place while it cools, I found that it gives you a little bit of a smoother end.

Now we just need to finish off these black pieces here and just the same way you�re going to turn that in and then try to angle the buckle away, you don�t want to melt the buckle and try not heat a lot of the other cords, try to just melt it right where your hands are. This is tricky, I�m trying to figure out a better way to show it, there we go. This is a tricky thing to do and it�s okay if you heat a little bit of the other cords. It�s hard just to flame this up so it�s really hard to show the angle right. Try to just get the two ends fused. You see you get a little of that on here too, this is the back side of the bracelet. The important part is not to go all the way through and weaken your cords and also to make sure that you really get a good, nice fist on those. Those aren�t going anywhere and it doesn�t show on the front side anyway. You can see that�s all done and that how you a wide or a double cobra paracord bracelet.
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