Thin Blue LIne Paracord Bracelet (How to)

Posted by Stacy on 2/21/2013

You may have seen the "Thin Blue Line" bracelets for police, which are typically one piece of blue paracord down the middle of a black bracelet.  Variations of this design include red/black for firefighters and white/red for EMS.  The video below shows one of the ways to make this type of bracelet.  It's fun to mess around with this, and if you make ten or twenty of them, drop them off at your local police or fire station to make a bunch of friends really fast!

Transcription: Speaker: Hey guys. I got a new video for you today. After posting my account update video yesterday, Iíve gotten a couple of PMís and a couple of comments regarding how do I make the paracord bracelet with the single line going down the middle. I figured Iíd go ahead and show you guys that. Iíll put it out there, this is the way that I make it. By no means is there a right or a wrong way. This is just the way I make it. If you guys choose to do it this way, then great. If you guys have an easier or more comfortable way of doing it, then by all means go ahead and do that. Let me go ahead and show you. Now, again, I donít edit my videos. These can get a little long but, what Iíve done is, Iíll go ahead and start one and then Iíll show you, at the end another one thatís almost done so I can finish it a little bit faster. Okay, so what youíre going to need for this is, youíre going to need a piece of paracord that youíre going to use as, what I call the anchor. Basically, the body of the paracord is going to get wrapped around this one. Normally, what I use is a piece about 24 inches long. Youíre going to need the actual paracord that youíre going to use to wrap around the anchor. Normally, what I do is, depending on Ö If Iím going to do one color or two colors Ö This oneís going to be only one color. This is 42 inches, and then itís doubled over so itís what 84 inches. Again, it all depends on what size paracord youíre going to be using. This particular amount normally goes good for anywhere from a 7.5 to a 8.5 inch wrist. Thatís the measurement around the wrist, thatís what normally works for me. Then youíre going to need about 12 inch piece thatís going to go down the middle. Youíll need your buckle, good lighter and a good sharp knife. Iíll go ahead and show you at the end why you need all these to be Ö The lighter to be Ö What I say good and the knife to be sharp. What youíre going to start out with is youíre going to start with your anchor point and then what I like to do is I like to go ahead and melt the ends. Light them up and melt them. Then I like to flatten them out because these are the ends that are going to be fed through the buckle. It makes it a lot easier to feed them through. Alright. Those are flat. What youíre going to do is youíre going to grab your buckle. What I like to do is I like to keep the buckles together until I actually finish them off. What Iíll do is Iíll feed these through here. This is going to create what I call the anchor portion of the bracelet, which is what everything is going to get wrapped around. You want to make sure that itís even at the end, that you have your hitch right there. Donít tighten it down too much because youíre actually going to be feeding the paracord through here so just go ahead and leave it like that. What I like to do with the portion thatís going to be running down the middle is I like to go ahead and gut this particular portion. I just pull off the 7 inner strands, as you see there. The reason for it is because itís going to allow for the paracord to lay flatter. When you wear it, see how I have here, itís not going to be that raised, so when you have your hand on a desk or something like that, itís not going to be uncomfortable. Go ahead and gut it. Now, the reason that I said to go ahead and not tighten this too much is because youíre going to want to back it out a little bit, to create a hole right there and then, what youíre going to do is youíre going to feed that portion of that paracord right through that hole. Then you go ahead and tighten it back up. Make sure everythingís even and letís see if you can see this, go ahead and Ö Okay. What youíre going to do is youíre just going to pull on it a little bit until you get to about a half an inch away from the actual rest of the cord and then youíre going to go and burn this so you can melt it. Once itís good and melted, youíre going to back it up, then just press the lighter onto it, so that it melts right there. By pressing the lighter Ö Let me see if this will focus right here Ö By pressing the lighter onto it, what it does is it spreads the actual paracord so now itís kind of Ö tight in there so it wonít come loose when youíre weaving the rest of the paracord. What youíre going to do is youíre going to grab your ends and feed all the way through until you find the middle point, and then this is where youíre going to go ahead and start tying your cobra knot. Obviously, Iím not going to go over how to tie the cobra knot because thatís been over and done in a lot of other videos. What youíre going to do is youíre going to go ahead and start it so you have your first knot right there, feed it all the way up and then what youíre going to do is youíre going to grab this middle portion, the middle paracord thatís running down the middle of the bracelet and youíre going to bring it over and now, what youíre going to do is youíre going to tie the second one but over that middle portion as well. What thatís doing is, itís locking it in there and itís making it become part of the actual bracelet. As always, you want to go ahead and pull it up and tighten it so that you have a really, really tight weave on there. For the next one, what youíre going to do is youíre going to grab that center portion and bring it up, and youíre going to do your next knot underneath it. Go ahead, bring it up and tighten it. Then youíre going to bring it back and then youíre going to go over, for the next one. As you guys can see, basically what Iím doing is Iím alternating over and under. What you want to do is you want to make sure that you move this center piece, so that itís always in a straight line because itís going to tend to want to either go one way or the other. I just went over it there, so now Iím going to want to go under it, for my next knot. Again, Iím going to go over. As you guys can see, see how itís starting to want to shift down so just bring it up, maybe just move it with your hand. Itís pretty easy. Just make sure that itís nice and tight. Obviously, as you guys can see, itís starting to form Ö This is what a lot of people would call the thin blue line, which is a lot of police officers like to wear, thatís whatís getting created here. You got your black cobra knot and then with that thin blue line going over it. Again, youíre going to go underneath it and then over it. Once you guys get the hang of this, itíll obviously be a lot easier and a lot faster. You just pull on it, just donít pull too hard because, even though you did burn that piece back here, you donít want to it to come loose up there. You guys can see theyíre starting to go ... Iím going to go and put this one to the side and Iíll show you one that I had already started here to see how you finish it. This oneís obviously going to be the thin red line, which is what is considered for firefighters. As you guys can see, I just kept that weave going all the way through and now youíre basically towards the end portion of the bracelet. Iíll show you guys how to finish it. Like I said, I like to keep this buckle there, so I donít lose it. What I do is, go ahead and unbuckle it and what Iíll do is Iíll run it in here. This is where having those ends flat kind of helps out. What youíre going to want to do is Ö Normally what I try and do is finish of the buckle with maybe two more knots that I have to do, just so thatís not so bulky at the end. What you want to do is you want to try and end it at the point where youíre going to be going over the Ö Iím sorry, under the buckle or the middle portion, so that can actually get fed through as well. The one last thing is, which actually I didnít do here is youíre going to want to burn this end too because thatís going to get fed through the buckle as well, and just flatten it down to make it easier. What weíll do here is go under, so now itís tight on there. Then, what youíre going to want to do is bring the middle portion here and feed it through the buckle. Just make sure that itís not twisted, like is started to want to do there. Thatís going to come underneath as well. Then, youíre going to go ahead and tying one more so that itís locked down. Thatís locked. Now you see you have that going through the buckle there and then itís locked in the back right there. This is the portion where youíre going to go ahead and cut everything [00:09:48] This is where a nice, sharp knife is going to come in handy. I try and make Ö and be very meticulous with the way that I do the paracord so I like to make sure that all the ends are nice and burned, but very clean looking, just because it looks nice but at the same time it sits more comfortable, then if you want, you can just kind of flatten it down with your lighter there. Youíre going to cut the other one as well. Go ahead and burn that, flatten it there. Then go ahead and cut off the remaining portions here. You cut that piece off and these two, and just burn them, burn this one, and just flatten those down, make sure nothing comes off. There you go, and youíre good to go. There is your paracord bracelet with the third color running down the middle. Obviously, as you guys can see, once you get the hang of doing the weave all the way through, it looks really nice. It gives it a really nice color combination. It gives you more options. Obviously, if you want to do two colors on the actual cobra weave, then you can do that. Itís going to be exactly the same way and then you do a third one down the line, if you guys remember how I showed you the one on the account update, that it was red and green and then with the white line going down the middle but obviously, it definitely opens up the door to how a lot more color combinations, which is what a lot of people like. I hope that was instructional and you guys got some good feedback from that. Let me know if you do have any other questions. Alright, guys? Thanks.
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