Get Twisted with a Solomon Bar Paracord Bracelet

by September 30, 2010 09/30/10

This isn’t a bracelet to relive the 80s, simply a different take on the standard Solomon Bar Paracord Bracelet that resembles a DNA strand.

Funny enough, this knot is what happens when you don’t tie a standard Solomon Bar, or a Cobra Knot for some of you out there, the right way. You’re left with a twisted pattern that actually makes a neat design.

We wanted to not only highlight the Twisted Solomon Bar with this week’s Knot of the Week, but to also demonstrate an alternative method of closure on a paracord bracelet with a loop and Lanyard Knot. This closure can be used for any type of paracord bracelet.

Twisted Solomon Bar

While we’ve chosen to demonstrate the Twisted Solomon Bar with standard Type III Paracord, it creates a bulky bracelet that you may or may not like. An option is to use smaller Type I Paracord, or Dummy Cord, to weave your new bracelet.

You’ll loose the functionality of carrying paracord with you wherever you go, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices in the name of Tactical Fashion, right? Another option to slim down the bracelet girth is to gut the paracord on both the inner foundation strand and the outer working strand.

There’s a detailed video for tying this complete bracelet below, but we’ve added some photos and here’s a link to the Solomon Bar KOTW and the Lanyard Knot KOTW these should help you if you’re having trouble following along with the video and photos.

Twisted Solomon Bar Paracord Bracelet » Decorative

(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 3/Difficulty: 4) **Ratings shown are for Solomon Bar Knot, not the Twisted Solomon Bar Paracord Bracelet**

Please refer to our Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.

Uses:

  • Decorative Bracelet
  • Carrying Paracord for Emergency Purposes

Tying Instructions:

We tied this Twisted Solomon Bar Paracord Bracelet using a 3 ft. length of paracord for the foundation and a 10 ft. length of paracord for the working cord.

  1. Find the middle of the foundation cord (3 ft. section) and halve it
  2. Find the middle of the working cord (10 ft. section) and halve it
  3. Place the middle of the working cord across the halved foundation cord and tie and overhand knot
  4. Take the right side working end over the foundation cord
  5. Take the left side working end over the right side you just brought over, around the back of the foundation cord and up through the loop you just created (stay to the right of the foundation cord)
  6. Tighten up the knot you’ve just created
  7. Repeat the same process; over with the right and down, around and through with the left
  8. Continuing this pattern will create the natural DNA like twist in the paracord
  9. Continue repeating steps 4-6 until you’ve reached a good ending point and the length is right at your wrist size (a little bit more length will be added with the lanyard knot)
  10. At this point you’ll want to terminate the working ends by cutting and fusing them (see photos and video)
  11. Using your foundation cord you’re now going to tie the Lanyard Knot and finish the bracelet after cutting & fusing the remaining working ends
  12. Please refer to the instructions in our Lanyard Knot KOTW for tying the successive steps or view the video below


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Britain Ragar
Britain Ragar

I thought this was a pretty cool way to make a paracord bracelet without using a clip. I agree with Bryan that twisted solomon bar bracelet is too bulky, so I used a combined method to make the best of both worlds.

I started with a single 11-12 ft section of 550 and folded it in half. I made a lanyard knot at the half, with a very tiny loop, then measured out the length of my wrist to make the "core." I used a single strand to make a loop at the opposite end. I couldn't tell you what knot I used to secure the loop, but it was very easy. After that I did the soloman pattern back towards my lanyard knot, and finished it up by fusing the ends.

This resulted in a single 11-12ft strand soloman bar bracelet held together with the lanyard knot. http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/4875/1101001739.jpg

Thanks Bryan for the videos that led to this.

Britain Ragar
Britain Ragar

I thought this was a pretty cool way to make a paracord bracelet without using a clip. I agree with Bryan that twisted solomon bar bracelet is too bulky, so I used a combined method to make the best of both worlds. I started with a single 11-12 ft section of 550 and folded it in half. I made a lanyard knot at the half, with a very tiny loop, then measured out the length of my wrist to make the "core." I used a single strand to make a loop at the opposite end. I couldn't tell you what knot I used to secure the loop, but it was very easy. After that I did the soloman pattern back towards my lanyard knot, and finished it up by fusing the ends. This resulted in a single 11-12ft strand soloman bar bracelet held together with the lanyard knot. http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/4875/1101001739.jpg Thanks Bryan for the videos that led to this.

McDoomsday
McDoomsday

Awesome! I'm hoping to start selling bracelets and lanyards to help with my medical bills... I think this design is beautiful and functional, as all of the KOTW pieces have been. Thanks again ITS!

waykno
waykno

Steven: I have ordered mine on-line from: http://www.cdwplus.com/singleSRB.html They have mucho stuff to choose from, flat, curved (you'll like curved better), colored, etc. And their stuff is quality.

Steven Simmons
Steven Simmons

Going to have to try this out once my green paracord arrives. I have been wanting to build the other solomon bar that uses the buckle but have been unable to find any around town. Any ideas on where I might be able too? I live in a pretty big town so there are a lot of places to choose from.

waykno
waykno

Another good vid! 450 cord is a good option also. It isn't quite as strong as 550 but lays smoother and is less bulky. I usually prefer 550 with a 5/8" SRB but I like the twisted too. And if you are really into a large bracelet of this type--do a double cobra. When you get to the end, just flip the bracelet and continue tying back toward the beginning. You are tying over what you just tied. I think it is a nice looking bracelet and more cord to carry. Tip--use two different colors for a more eye-catching look.

ParacordSurvivalist
ParacordSurvivalist

Love it! New twist on an old favorite. Tried it this evening and put together some beautiful lanyards. Gonna attempt some new things with this form very soon. Thanks guys!

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