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How To Make a Paracord Bracelet with The SpeedyJig®

How to Make a Cobra Braid Paracord Bracelet Using the SpeedyJig PRO or SpeedyJig XL

What you'll need:

  • A SpeedyJig;
  • 2 sets of matching buckles;
  • about 10 feet of paracord;
  • a pair of scissors;
  • a ruler;
  • a lighter;

Step 1: Measure Your Wrist

To determine how long your bracelet should be you must measure your wrist. Take the paracord and wrap it once around your wrist. Note where the cord meets. Using your ruler, measure the distance from the end of the paracord to where your noted. Add one inch to the measurement for shrinking and comfort.

Example: a 7 inch wrist would have a final measurement of 8 inches

PRO TIP: You will need about 12 inches of paracord for every 1 inch of bracelet.

Step 2: Adjusting Your SpeedyJig

Setting up the SpeedyJig to make the correct length is easy. Loosen the wing nut and slide the jig open so that the tab lines up with the ruler at the length you want. For a 9.25" bracelet using a 3/8" buckle, slide the tab to the 9.25" ruler mark as shown. (Refer to picture to determine where the jig should be set based on the size buckle you will be using).

Example: 9.25 inch bracelet would be set to 9.25" inches on the jig. Note that in the picture below the jig would be set to make a 9" bracelet if you were using 5/8" buckles. 

Step 3: Attaching the Anchor Buckles

Take one buckle set and separate it. Slip the female end over the tab on one end of the jig and do the same with the male end on the other tab. These will anchor your bracelet in place while you are weaving it. Plave the SpeedyJig to the side for now.

Step 4: Fold The Paracord

Fold the paracord in half so that both ends meet together. This will create a loop on the other end.

Step 5: Thread Cord Through Buckle (Female End)

Take the female end (curve side facing down) of your buckle and thread the two ends of paracord through the slot to form a loop.

Step 6: Cinch The Cord to Buckle

Pull both ends of the cord through the loop until tight against the buckle. connec the female end to the male end that is attached to the jig. Let the right side fall on the right side and the left side to call to the left.

PRO TIP: this type of knot is called a Larks Head knot

Step 7: Thread Cord Through The Other End of Buckle (Male End)

Now connect the male buckle to the female end on the SpeedyJig. Take the RIGHT cord and go OVER the top of the buckle and pull cord snug. Take the LEFT cord and go UNDER. Be sure to keep your core (the two cords in the middle are the "core" of your bracelet) from crossing.

PRO TIP: this will prevent a big bump on this end of the buckle and have a nice smooth even transition

Step 8: Starting Your Cobra Knot

Take the cord on the right side (A) and lay over the top of your core (C) (the two cords in the middle). Now take the left cord (B) and palce it over the right cord (A) and under the core (C) and up through the loop on the right side. Pull snug.

PRO TIP: The key to a nice uniform bracelet is to use the same force for each knot pulled

Step 9: Completing the Cobra Knot

Take the cord that is on the left side (A) and lay it over the top of your core (C). Take the left cord (B) and place it over A and under the core (C) and through the loop of A. You have now comopleted a cobra knot. Keep repeating steps 8 and 9 until you reach the other end.

PRO TIP: An easy way to rememberthis is to say Over, Over, Under & Through

Step 10: Almost Done

When you have reached the other end remove the bracelet from the SpeedyJig. To secure the two remaining cords, lift up the loop next to the buckle and thread both left and right cord through as show below. Then pull it tight.

Step 11: Finishing the Bracelet (Parental Supervision)

Cut the remaining end being sure to leave about an eighth of an inch. Seal the ends with a lighter, be careful not to burn yourself. While the ends are hot, use the metal side of the lighter to push against them to seal them together.

You now have a completed Cobra Knot paracord bracelet!

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