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How to Create a Survival-Style Watch Band Using Cobra Knots

Instructions by Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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STEP 1
Using scissors, cut two 3-foot lengths of parachute cord.

Note: You will want to create each half of the watchband to measure half of your wrist size plus approximately 1/2 inch including half the buckle.
STEP 2
Fold one 3-foot length in half and pass the center loop through the top slot of the buckle clasp.
STEP 3
Pass the long ends of the cords through the loop creating a lark's head knotknot then pull snug against the buckle clasp.
STEP 4
Pass the long ends of the cord through the watch bar and center watch at the middle point of the cord.
STEP 5
Create square knots: use the two outside strands (working strands 1 and 4) over the two inside strands (anchor strands 2 and 3).
STEP 6
Pass strand 1 over the anchor strands then pass strand 4 over strand 1, under the anchor strands and up through the loop (created by strand 1).
STEP 7
Gently pull knot snug. (This is a half knot.)
STEP 8
Reverse the pattern by passing strand 4 over the anchor strands then pass strand 1 over strand 4, under the base strands and up through the loop.
STEP 9
Gently pull braid snug after each knot.
STEP 10
Continue to create square knots to desired length.
STEP 11

Trim the remaining ends of the cords to approximately 1/4 inch then using a thread burner seal the raw ends of the cord.
STEP 12

Tuck raw ends of cord under braided knots and add a dab of G-S Hypo Fabric Cement to secure.

Set aside and allow to dry.

Repeat Steps 1 - 11 to braid the second half of the clasp to the opposite side of the watch.

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