How to measure your wrist for a paracord bracelet?
To determine your wrist size, wrap a piece of string around your wrist and measure the string with a ruler. Be sure to add and extra 25mm (1 inch) for a comfortable fit.

Where can I get these awesome and useful bracelets?
You can buy them online at https://hellopretty.co.za/cb-artworks, email me directly at craig@cbartworks.co.za or through the ‘contact me’. Alternately you can view and purchase them at Metal Machine (click here for directions).

What is 550 Paracord?
Parachute cord is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes. This cord is useful for many other tasks and is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. This versatile cord was even used by astronauts during the 82nd Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

The braided sheath has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all-nylon construction makes paracord fairly elastic.

Current technical standards for the manufacture of cord for use in parachutes are published by the Parachute Industry Association. The US military MIL-C-5040H standard required the material to be nylon.

What are the emergency uses for paracord?
Here are some of the more common uses for paracord, and I’m sure there are hundreds of others.

  1. Repair torn clothing with the internal strands which slide easily out of the kernmantle (casing). Use a makeshift needle or be sure to keep one in your first-aid kit.
  2. Repair torn or broken equipment either by sewing or tying the pieces together securely.
  3. Rig a makeshift tow rope.  A single length of paracord has been tested to handle 550 lbs of weight, so wrap it securely 10 times and you have the ability to pull 5500 lbs.
  4. Securely tie down items to the top of a vehicle, or to protect them from a wind-storm.
  5. String up a clothes line. Wet clothes are uncomfortable when you’re camping and dangerous when you’re trying to survive.
  6. Hang a bear bag to keep your food away from critters. This is good whether you’re camping or roughing it in the woods.
  7. Replace your shoe laces. Just burn the ends and thread them through.
  8. Replace a broken Zipper pull
  9. Use it as dental floss. Pull out the internal strands and keep up your hygiene even in the woods, or to get that pesky piece of meat out from between your teeth.
  10. Tie things to your backpack with it so you can carry more stuff hands free.
  11. String up a trip wire to protect an area…rig it with bells, or cans.
  12. Lower yourself or an object very carefully down from a height.  (note:  paracord is NOT climbing rope, and is NOT a realistic replacement for true climbing rope; do not expect it to catch you should you fall. For security double or triple the thickness if you can).
  13. Rig a pulley system to lift a heavy object.
  14. Make a ladder to get up or down
  15. Tie up a tarp or poncho to make an awning to keep off sun or rain
  16. If you’re hiking in a place where there is danger of avalanche tie yourself to your buddy so you can find each other should one of you gets lost in the mist.
  17. Keep your stuff. Tie objects you’re likely to drop around your wrist, ankle, or waist.
  18. Make a pack by first making a netting then adding a draw-string.
  19. Build a shelter using sticks or by tying up the corners of a poncho or tarp.
  20. Rig an improvised hammock.
  21. Lash logs or other items together to build a raft.
  22. Use it to make a bow drill for fire starting…(note it does take a lot of practice to start a fire with a bow, so don’t rely on this unless you’ve done it before!).
  23. Make a sling to throw stones for protection and food.
  24. Use it for signaling by tying a mirror or colorful cloth to the top of a tree
  25. Use it to make a bola for hunting large birds.
  26. Make fishing line by cutting a length and pulling out the internal strands (there are seven of them, each of which comes apart into two, so there’s 14 thin lines if you aren’t catching really big fish). Just tie them together.
  27. Make a fish stringer. If you’ve just pulled the strings out to make fishing line, the remaining kernmantle (the colored sheath) would be plenty strong enough to hold fish. Otherwise just cut a length, and tie through the gills.
  28. Tie straight sticks around a broken limb to make a splint.
  29. Tie a sling to hold your arm.
  30.  Sew up a wound using the internal strands.  For thinner thread untwist one of the internal strands.
  31. Make a tourniquet to slow loss of blood.
  32. Make a stretcher by running paracord between two long sticks, or fashion a branch drag to move an injured person.