Posted by Stacy on 3/11/2013
Here is a neat bracelet that can be quickly deployed in an emergency situation.
Paradude: Hey guys. Paradude here, and I wanted to say thanks for all of you guys that watched the video on my backbone bar wallet. I was surprised to get that many views and that many likes and that many comments, so thanks again. I did want to show you guys today my take on a survival bracelet; something that you can use for an emergency but more importantly something that you can really deploy quickly instead of untying and untying and untying like some of the other things; not that Solomon bars and everything else arenít great because they are. I make them. I enjoy making them, but this a little different play on a stitch that I learned from J.D. on tying it all together called the blaze bar. I believe I make it the same way except I just use loops so you can pull them out of the middle quickly when you use them. Iíll show you guys what Iím doing. Iím using right now an anchor shackle, and you do need this in order to make the bracelet work the way it does. Itís a bow shackle actually, and itís a 3/16 inch one. I bought it from Home Depot. You can get it from any hardware store, what have you. Iím going to start.
I have 14 feet of eau de green paracord. I found that that works pretty good for my wrist size. Iím a size seven wrist. Iím going to just feed the loop through the bow shackle here. Iíll take the two strands and just pull them through. Then bang. I have a little cow hitch right here. I like to work on a hook so itís stable for me. The hardest thing is actually just getting this started. Iíll explain to you guys the biggest thing here. Look. I take the two strands, and I make loops. Iím about a seven inch wrist, and I like to go seven and a half inches. Right now, Iím just guessing what the distance is just to show you guys quickly what Iím doing here. You can see, thereís two loops right now. Iím going to treat each loop like itís one strand while Iím doing the blaze bar. You guys can see, Iím taking my left strand right here, and Iím going to just run it around, almost like a half hitch around all of the cords except Iím not going to run it through. Iím just going to have it around these. This left loop is one cord. This right loop Iím treating as one cord. Iím going to go over the left, under the right. Take the right strand. I go underneath the left standing end here. I go over the right loop, under the left, through the loop, and pull. Now I just want to cinch this down so itís tight, and Iím just going to push it up so itís right here. Hereís your first stitch.
Now weíre going to start on the right side. Right goes under the right, over the left. Left goes over the standing end, under the left, over the right, through this loop on the right side. I push it up with my thumb, pull tight, and thereís your first completed stitch of the blaze bar. Now weíre back to the beginning again. Weíre going to start on the left. Okay. Left goes over, under the right. The right standing end goes under the left, over this right, under these, through the loop. Come up. Pull tight. I donít over tighten this because you do want to be able to pull it out of the middle when you need to use this. Thatís something to keep in mind.
Now weíre on the right side. Right goes under the right, over the left. Left goes over the standing end, under the left, over the right, and then through the loop thatís created on the right here. Pull. Cinch it up. Pull tight. Push up. One more time, weíre back to the left. Left strand goes over the left, under the right. Weíre here. Right strand goes under the standing end, over the right, under the left, through the loop on the left. Weíre here. Push up. Tighten. Back to the right side. Right goes under the right, over the left. Left side, over the standing end, under the left, over the right, through the loop on the right. Push up. Tighten both ends down.
Hopefully, you guys can see that how itís getting formed now. Iím going to work this all the way down, and Iím going to leave about this much space for these two loops to go through the pin on the top here. I will finish this up, and then I will revisit. All right guys. I have finished the blaze bar. Iím just going to take it off the hook here so you guys can see, bring it down to the camera, let it focus a little bit. There we go. Now weíre left with these two loops right here. This is the way I like to end it. Iím going to flip this around to show you guys.
All Iím going to do is make a slip knot with the right cord and e a slip knot with the left cord as well. Letís see here. Iím going to start on the right. Iím going to make a loop, go over, and then feed the cord through itself just like this and tighten it down, so I have it just like that. Iím going to bring this right loop over the two middle ones and then cinch it down. Youíre left with this. Iím going to do the same exact thing on the left side. Make a loop so the cord is going out toward the left, feed it through, and cinch it down here.
The 14 feet worked out really well here because Iím left with pretty much nothing. Letís see. Here we go. Feed the left loop over the two middle ones again and tighten. At this point, this is what youíre left with on the bottom. Here it is at the top. To finish this off, I would actually cut the right strand, melt it, and just push it into the little loop right here and then cut the left strand, melt it, push it in right here so it would just look like this without the two cords, which holds up really well. Iíve been wearing one that I made for awhile.
When you guys Ö if you donít know how the anchor shackles work, or the bow shackles, when you put it on your wrist, you feed the loops. I like to feed them through one side just like this. That would be around your wrist, and you feed it through, and it would sit. It sits just like this, so you have a completed wrist band here. The best thing about this, and this is the reason why I make them; you undo it from your wrist, you have the bar, stick this back through. Now look. Iím going to start at the end here, put my finger through, and Iím going to go right at the top. Iím going to pull, and look. Itís all undone. All I did was just pull tight from the top. It comes undone in seconds, and then youíre left with the beginning, this cow hitch. You can loosen that, pull the cord through, take it off the anchor shackle. This literally did use up about 14 feet of cord, I mean just under. Youíre left with the two little slip knots at the end, and then you just pull those through.
There you have it guys. Hopefully, this will help; something that you can make, something that you can rely on having the cord if you ever need it quickly. Thanks for watching, and make sure you subscribe.