Get Licked by a Dragon's Tongue

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    Since paracord bracelets can be rigid and sometimes inflexible, sizing is really important. As someone who used to make and sell bracelets, I learned quite quickly that measuring a perfect size is not easy for a lot of people. No matter how many times the reminder was echoed that bracelets will not stretch or give, it frequently fell on deaf ears. The day someone bought a six inch bracelet and complained it did not fit their nine inch wrist was the clincher for me. We all know you cannot make that kind of magical stretching happen when it comes to paracord. It is simply impossible-not just with paracord but with pretty much everything. The rigidity of bracelets could be helped, however, depending on the type made and the way you tied the knots. Even a cobra stitch can be tied more loosely to allow for a more flexible bracelet.

    One of the more malleable bracelets I have made to date is the Dragon\'s Tongue. This bracelet is so flexible that you can literally wad it up in a ball. Perhaps if you tied it tighter than I can or did, this would not be so much the case, but it holds true considering the way my bracelets turned out. Here are examples of mine:

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    The basic technique involved in creating a Dragon\'s Tongue bracelet is not very complex. What is hard, (for me at least since I have weak hands), is pulling the knots into place and holding them there while you tie more. The knots do not completely fall apart, but they will loosen if you are not careful.

    To tie a Dragon\'s Tongue, start off like you would any other bracelet by wrapping your cord around the buckle or closure of your choice. Once this is done, pull the two cords you will be using off to one side. If you pull them to the right, starting with the cord positioned on the right (save the one you pulled from the left for the next step), pull it over the first of your inner cords and under the second one. Now, with the cord you pulled over from the left, repeat the process of going over the first interior cord and under the second. You are going to be moving both of your cords in the exact same manner all the way through your bracelet. The key to making it work, however, lies in what you do with your cords between each pass. You must continue to cross the cord you used first over the cord you used second in between each sideways pass through your interior cords. If you do not do this, the support structure of the bracelet will not be there and you will have a mess on your hands.

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    The Dragon\'s Tongue is not hard to tie, just hard to hold knots in place. This can be advantageous though, as it allows you to move your knots up and down for a more or less compacted look. You can also go over your bracelet as you reach the end and work each knot tighter, moving from top to bottom. When you are done, you will have a neat looking bracelet that is much more flexible than a tightly tied cobra stitch would be. That makes this bracelet more comfortable against your wrist and also less restrictive when it gets wet. Try making one and allow yourself a lick from the Dragon\'s Tongue. It is a little messy and not as uniform as other bracelet styles, but you just might like it.

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