To shrink or not to shrink?

Discussion in 'General Paracord Discussion' started by Rmac1750, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. Rmac1750

    Rmac1750 New Member

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    Since I'm new to the hobby I got a book out of the library about paracord, Paracord 101. In the beginning of the book the author suggests shrinking the paracord before using it.

    Is this required and advisable, or a matter of individual preference?
    Thanks,
    Randy
     
  2. MrParacord

    MrParacord Moderator

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    Welcome to the forum!

    I never shrunk paracord before. I don't find it necessary.

    But for you if you want to try shrinking the paracord try it.
    Then try without shrinking it.
     

  3. mustang3634

    mustang3634 New Member

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    Pre shrinking Paracord

    Morning all. I've seen a couple folks on You tube speak about pre shrinking their paracord prior to working with it. I guess this would make some sense for making bracelets then the size would remain the same for the customer.

    What does anybody else think??:confused:
     
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  4. steven60

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    I tried it once ... It was a hassle and didn't seem to matter one bit for
    me .


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  5. Nelson

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    I don't preshrink the paracord, but if a bracelet ends up being a little loose, I will put it in full hot tap water for 10 minutes (less then boiling temperature), blot off with a paper towel and let it dry overnight. That will shrink it a little for a better fit.
     
  6. cyclops_hammer

    cyclops_hammer New Member

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    It will shrink ever so slightly anyways if it's worn constantly.


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  7. JTB_Cord

    JTB_Cord New Member

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    DITTO!!


    Keep Twisting!
    JTB Cords
     
  8. HardcoreSlot

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    Shrink the whole project after its done. Makes the weave and knots tighter.
     
  9. cyclops_hammer

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    This will change the over all size of the bracelet or whatever your making. Some items it won't matter but if your making a snug fitting item to begin with allow for "shrinkage "


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  10. MrParacord

    MrParacord Moderator

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    True but some brands of paracord will shrink more while other brands not so much.

    The paracord I use to make my EDC bracelet has gotten wet by rain, washing my hands, and by sweat and the bracelet hasn't shrunk. (I wouldn't mind if it shrunk some seeing as that was my first time making a bracelet with the metal shackle and I made the bracelet a little to big). That was almost 4 years ago when I made that bracelet.