Wednesday, March 10, 2010

River Bar Paracord Bracelet...

JD of TyingItAllTogether, just put up a YouTube video on 'How to Make a (Paracord) River Bar Bracelet'. I gave it a try this morning and JD's video was easy to follow.

I started with two 6 foot lengths of paracord, as was mentioned in the video's comments, and ended up actually using about 9 feet in the finished bracelet. I made the finished length at about 10 inches, which made for a loose fit on my 8.5 inch wrist. I think that a half inch larger than wrist size would probably make for a snug fit, so making it somewhere between 0.5 and 1.5 inches longer than your wrist measurement will make for a comfortable fit. You can wrap it around your wrist to check the length as you tie it, so you'll know right about where you want to stop tying.

The knot patterns are different on each side, but I prefer the directional pattern facing out, just like JD shows it in the video. YMMV

I made this one with the overhand knot and loop closure, as in the video, but a lanyard knot would also work, and I believe I could probably make it work with a side release buckle too(photo added).

24 comments:

Raul said...

Nice one. Ill try making it.
Any ideas on how to make it slip-on?

Stormdrane said...

The slip on types are tied around core strands where this one isn't, but it might be possible...

I've only tied the one so far and will have to see about other possibilities when I get a chance, like using a side release buckle, and if tying it around core strands will work or not.

John J. Grace said...

Just curious.. but what color paracord did you use? It's a little hard to tell on my monitor. ;-)

Stormdrane said...

The colors of paracord that I used are a tan, from the local Army/Navy surplus store, and a dark olive drab green that I was given for Christmas, so I don't know where it was purchased from.

ANDROIDES said...

Cool!

Craig said...

Stormdrane...
I love your blog. I teaching Boy Scouts to do some of your projects. Where do you get your curved bracelet clasps from? I have searched the web and not found what I like. If you can help me out that would be great.

Stormdrane said...

I get curved/contoured side release buckles from Creative Designworks, using 3/8", 1/2", and 5/8" for paracord bracelets/watchbands. ITW Nexus 5/8" buckles can be found on ebay.

Avocet Jules said...

I'm a new knotter and I love getting ideas from this Blog site. I love this bracelet and can't wait to give it a go! Thank you Stormdrane and well done to you JD for sharing your work so clearly - I am getting quite a fan of the TIAT videos.

Julie

Rob said...

How did you attach the side release buckle? I have the river bar down, but attaching the buckle is proving a headache. I am happy to know it can be done...now I just need to figure out how to do it..lol

Rob said...

I also saw that your river bar with the buckle was one color...any chance of seeing a two color bracelet?

Stormdrane said...

The knot work starts with a loop, so one strand is attached/looped to one end of a buckle, and then the other strands is set up/tied around the attached cord as it looks in the video. You do the knot work from there till you reach the length you want.

Run a couple of strands around the other buckle end and tie a square knot back against the knot work, trim/melt/glue the ends to finish.

Glass Of Venice said...

Amazing design.. I will try to make it.. Thanks for sharing..

Mutant Genius said...

I'm interested in having a go at making this after making a paracord lanyard like you showed in your project, but I'd like a little more info on the cord length needed. You mention that you started with 2 6ft pieces and ended up using 9ft. Do you mean 2 9 ft sections or 9ft of the 12ft combined from the 2 6ft pieces clarification would be great and this blog is great given all kinds of ideas for projects I want to try.

Stormdrane said...

I used 9 feet of the 12 foot total(2x6' strands)that I started with.

The amount you end up using will depend on wrist size, how tight or loose you tie the knots as you go, and how tight or loose you want the finished bracelet to fit. I prefer to have too much to start with than come up short. ;)

Mynx said...

I made one very easy bracelet to make and the results are pretty. Keep up the good work. I am always coming back here to find new things to make.

Venetian Glass Jewelry said...

great post. Do you think it would be possible to incorporate small beaded jewelry in the paracord?

Stormdrane said...

Sure, you can add beads to the paracord, as long as the beads have a hole big enough to fit the cord. A bead with a 4mm diameter hole is about what you'd need.

antique jewelry said...

Amazing ! Beads to the paracord will make this bracelet more cute. I will surely go for it . Wish that I would get a success in it.

Anonymous said...

I have sat here for hours attempting to make a river bar bracelet using another tutorial video. The way your tutorial is done is excellent!! I am no longer afraid of attempting and going back to the normal cobra. thank you so very much - continue your good work.

Anonymous said...

Have you thought about revisiting the idea of putting this one on a buckle? This is my favorite bracelet, and I've tried to put it on a buckle with no avail..

Stormdrane said...

@Anonymous, There's a photo of one with a 3/8" side release buckle in the blog post, and a brief description of adding the buckle in the comments. ;)

Cindy said...

I would love to make this twice this wide. Does anyone know how to do this by any chance? I saw one at a local hunting/fishing store the other day that looked sort of like a combination of this weave (double decker tall like this one)and a fishtail weave but it was so wide. I don't have any idea what it was and can't find it on the internet. It was the coolest bracelet. I would love to make it for my husband. Thanks out there for any help.

Stormdrane said...

@Cindy, You might look through JD's(TIAT) Fusion Knot Gallery, or the Parachute Cord Crafters group on Facebook, to see if there may be something there to help... ;)

Cindy said...

Thanks so much, I will check there and see if I can find anything like it. I like your bracelets and bands on Instructables and also TIAT on You Tube. Both are very helpful!