Being Creative With Paracord
550lb paracord has long been celebrated for its innumerable uses and survival purposes and has now found favour as a handy crafting material. With a bit of persistence you can make all sorts of stuff with it; pouches, dog collars, watch straps and necklaces. Perhaps the most common accessory you can create from paracord is a bracelet, which can make for an excellent finished product not just aesthetically, but also regarding function.
I've been feeling a bit creative recently, so I had a go at weaving some paracord bracelets, and soon found myself getting obsessed. I tried several different varieties based on the classic ‘Cobra’ design, and here're are some of the bracelets I ended up with:
The King Cobra Paracord Bracelet
A natural extension of the classic ‘Cobra’ weave pattern that’s commonly used in paracord bracelet manufacture. It creates an excellent full fitment and a stocky looking bracelet, and of course means you’re carrying much more cordage than a standard Cobra bracelet. My example here ended up using a good 16 feet of the cord while the regular Cobras for my wrist size would use around 8.5 feet.
‘Fisherman’ Survival Bracelet
With this bracelet, I included a hidden compartment fashioned from black polyolefin heat shrink, which contains a survival fishing kit consisting of hooks, weights and swivels fastened in a length of plastic straw, and then wrapped in fishing line. After inserting the fishing equipment and passing the two central cords of the Cobra weave through the heat shrink, then shrinking it with a lighter, I carried on the Cobra weave to finish. There are plenty of possibilities for what you could include in one of these bracelets, and it’s an idea that could be taken a lot further. A fully featured survival bracelet can be created if you've got the patience and loads of small survival kit elements to build into it.
Mad Max Style Paracord Bracelet
My personal favourite of these bracelets is inspired by my personal favourite film of 2015, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. The film displayed some brilliantly detailed imagery for such a fast-paced action fest. One of these little features was the paracord bracelet worn by Mad Max, (played by Tom Hardy) it's a customised version of a Cobra weave that doesn’t use a fastener, but rather uses the cord itself to tighten the bracelet around the wrist. The best thing about this bracelet is that you can always get a perfect comfort fit every time you put it on.
If you haven’t tried creating a paracord bracelet before, go ahead and give it a go! All you need to get yourself started is some paracord, buckles, a ruler, lighter and something to cut the cord. The Cobra weave is a good beginning point. Crafting with paracord is one of those hobbies that’s easy to get into, but has a lot of depth and many possibilities when you get into it!
- Martin Punter