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Paracord bracelet question

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Cao87, Aug 15, 2021.

  1. Cao87

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    I’m looking at getting into making my own bracelets and I was looking at Amazon and they have kits is buying the kits worth it and are the paracords any good on Amazon
    Also how do you clean the paracord and lastly when I’m done making it what do I do to it after like do I need to boil it or something

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    I imagine if it's worn 24/7 it'll start to smell like a NYC subway entrance. Boiling and drying in the sun should revive the freshness.
     
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    You can make a paracord bracelet without a kit, but if it’s your first attempt and you’re a little hesitant AND the kit to make one is well less than, say, $10; then sure. Just know that as you gain more experience you can buy a heckofa lot of paracord for the same amount of money you’d spend on a kit.

    I’ve found that simply using some dish detergent in warm water is sufficient to clean a paracord bracelet. I guess to some extent it also depends on how much you sweat, what contaminants you’ve gotten on the bracelet and so on. So, what Benzboy suggests may be needed instead of my suggestion.
    Hey, post your results so we can see how it came out!
     
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    I had a friend who had one of those cotton Turk's Head bracelets. It never came off. Started white and turned a sooty gray and stank like a hockey player's uniform. Rotate your paracord bling!
     
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    Personally, I would pass on the kits if you are making multiple bracelets. You can buy a lot of paracord and buckles for the price of a kit, and there is really so little to the process that the kits are going to be a waste of money. Just look up the process on YouTube.

    Regarding the cleaning, I used to wear a Timex with a canvas band that would get funky. Soaking it in mild detergent, rinsing, and letting it dry good always worked for me.
     
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  6. Cao87

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    Ok thanks are the jigs worth getting


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    If you are going to make the bracelets to sell, yes. For personal use, that's your call.
     
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    What kind of paracord should I get


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    I get my 550 and 225 from paracord planet.
     
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    Ok is 550 or 225 good for bracelets


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    The 550 cord is what most people consider to be "paracord". Start with that and then decide if you want to try smaller, more difficult braiding with the 225.
     
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    so I cleaned the bracelet using warm water and dish soap now it’s to tight should I have used cold water?


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    Wet it again and stretch it around something the same diameter as your wrist with a wee bit of extra: something like a travel coffee mug perhaps. It will still shrink a wee bit but should also retain much of its length. Some ‘fiddling’ may be necessary.
     
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    Alternately, drying it under tension can stretch it out.