In which I reveal, at great personal risk, the ancient hidden secret, known only to Muslims for thousands of years, kept within the innermost circles of certain Sufi Orders, of how to make a Solomon (Suliyman) bar at a speed guaranteed to confound the uninitiated.
I have been thinking about several small projects involving paracord and traditional knot-work, so this may become a regular, or at least semi-regular feature of the blog.
You are going to need to learn four knots for this first foray into tactical macramé.
You will use this knot to make the button for the button and loop closure in the core of the bracelet
The constrictor knot will be used to start and finish the project. It is also just a really useful knot to know. If you ever needed to tie a bag shut, or to tie several strands of cord together, this is the knot you would want.
The Reef knot is also very useful to know. It is a moderately secure knot that is easy to untie.
The cow hitch is a handy way to attach a line to something, but that's not why you see it here. There is a secret about the cow hitch that allows you to complete the project with a minimum of hassle.
So let's start, Grab some cord and we will practice the various knots.
You will want to practice this knot several times to get the hang of shaping it correctly. Take your time and work the knot closed a bit at a time until it is solid and has the shape of a button.
Once you feel happy with the knot, it's time to make the core for the bracelet.
When You have your core cord measured, tie a stopper knot at the end just above where you clamped it off. Now you're ready to learn the constrictor knot.
The constrictor knot give you a way to attach the cord that will form the Solomon bar that is a bit more pleasing than just starting a reef knot. It also keeps the two sides of the cord even.
The cow hitch is given here as a separate knot so that you can get a feel for it on its own.
The reef knot is shown here for the same reason. Also, there may be a few projects in the future that will use reef knots without a core to tie them around.
Here is the meat of the lesson. By using a cow hitch, then passing the opposite line through the two loops you form a full reef knot in one pass. When you are comfortable with this technique you will be able to cover a core with a Solomon bar is short order.
One of the main reasons I am doing the tutorial is that it seems that this method of making the Solomon bar has almost been lost. I couldn't find a single reference to it anywhere. (Of course I do also get to tease the Right Wing "survivalist" crowd about helping to preserve a traditional Islamic art and a fine old American Hippy tradition, that's also worth something).
Here is where you put your new knotting skills to the test and make your very own tactical macramé survival bracelet.
This is the method I use to finish the bracelet. I find it more pleasing than just cutting the cords off short and melting them.
This is the first time I have ever done a tutorial like this, so please help me make the next one better by giving me feedback on what I can do to make the instructions clearer.
Good luck and do feel free to send pictures of your finished work.
For the next project, I will be showing you what I think will be a much more effective survival bracelet made from a double loop chain sinnet.
Special Thanks to Janet for her fine camera work!