How to Use a SpeedyJig to Make Jewelry & Paracord Bracelets-Friday Findings

How to Use a SpeedyJig to Make Jewelry & Paracord Bracelets-Friday Findings


Sometimes having a simple but well-made
tool can make all the difference in making our jewelry creation easy and
enjoyable. Today I have a review for you of a tool that was sent to me by the folks
at speedy jig, it’s intended for making paracord bracelets which is great if
you’re looking for gifts for guys, but I’ve got ideas for using it lots of
different ways. Hi there, Sandy here, welcome to another
Friday findings video at keepsakecrafts.net. So the folks at
speedy jig contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in checking out one of
their jigs for making paracord jewelry and I’m always looking for an
opportunity to make jewelry for guys because it’s one of those things that we
don’t do very often and it can be tough to find those kinds of designs. This is
actually a bracelet I made with the kit and let me show you how it works. So you
get this, which will not all fit. I asked for the XL, the longer one, because I had
ideas of making wrapped bracelets and with this length I could actually make
one that wraps three times around your average woman’s size wrist. Also being
this long you could use this to make necklaces and I love the way this
adjusts so that you can use it to make any length that suits you and for those
designs that need to be held under tension while you’re making them it’s
just really helpful. So what you get is the jig and it’s quite heavy, it’s nice,
it’s got rubber feet on the four corners, it’s got a wide base so that it’s stable
and doesn’t move about, and like I said it’s some pretty heavy-duty thick sheet
metal as you can see, so it’s nice and solid. You get the jig which is
adjustable, you also get ten feet each of three different colors of paracord and
four clasps which I thought was a mistake but then when I read more
carefully I realized that that’s by design. You
also get a book of instructions which I found a little confusing to begin with. I
had to go online, I found a YouTube video explaining how to make a cobra knot
bracelet which is what this is, I then found an Instructable and then it wasn’t until I looked at the
speedy jig website that I figured out something that was perplexing to me. So
the way this works is the first thing you need to do is take a measurement of
the wrist you want to fit, guys’ wrists tend to be around eight inches where
women’s average is 7 but of course like everything they vary so if you can get a
measurement that would be best. Then you set your speedy jig according
to the directions. Now remember when I’ve talked to you about sizing bracelets
that the thicker the bracelet the longer you need to make it, and this has quite a
bit of thickness which, so it makes sense that they say if you want to make a
bracelet for a 7 inch wrist you need to make it 8 inches long, and then you
adjust your jig for the length that you want and you just loosen this wing nut
and then it slides. So it says for an 8 inch bracelet slide the tab to the 8
inch ruler mark. I was a little confused by this because their picture
looks different from mine, theirs has an extra bump so I wasn’t quite sure where
to put it, and if that happens to you a better thing to do is to measure from
here to here and once you get your bracelet on there with the clasps you’ll
see better where you need to measure. The next thing they tell you to do is to
attach, is to take one of your buckles and separate it and put one end over one
side and over the other, and actually yeah, do
it, they kind of have a bend so if you do it with the bend facing down because
these tabs are angled it will make the pieces be somewhat parallel to the work
area, and then you set this aside and get ready your cord, and they tell you you
will need about 12 inches of cord for every inch of bracelet. Now this was the
part that confused me. What you’re going to do is actually choose a different
buckle, this is just an anchor buckle, it isn’t the one that you’re going to use
in your bracelet, and that made all the difference because it totally confused
me because if you put it in the female and if you put your loop in the female end… and I’ll get back to this in a minute, if you put it over the female
end it did have room for this thick paracord and for it to fit over the slot,
but if you put it over the male end it won’t stay and then I realized what they
were telling you to do is actually use a different one to attach. So that goes on
there like that and this is just a temporary holder. So now that makes a
whole lot more sense. The yellow one it’s just there to hold your cord in place,
and then you fold your cord in half, slip it through one of the loops of your
clasp and then slip the ends through, just like you saw me do a minute ago, and
pull it snug, that’s called a lark’s head knot, then you slip your other two
ends through your other part of the clasp, and if you need to, if it’s fraying
like crazy you can take your lighter and burn the end. That’s going to behave a little better
now. So you want to put both those ends through the other side of your clasp, the
one you’ll be using, not the anchor clasp, make sure those are both angled the same
way. Okay, now we can attach this to the other clasp and now you can get an
accurate measurement. So if I say I want to make a 7 1/4 inch bracelet, I want to
measure from this part of the clasp all the way up to where it will meet this
part of the clasp, which will be right here at this edge because this is going
to buckle into this, so now I can slide that, so that’s right about seven and a
quarter and if you look at the jig it looks like it’s about a quarter of an
inch off from the measurement here, but this gives you some place to start. So
let’s double check that, let’s see from there to where it’s going to end here,
yeah, seven and a quarter from here. You can start making your Cobra knot. I’m just going to turn
this around… and this is where having the jig is really nice. I have this leaning
up against the back wall of my recording booth and this is actually really nice
Now one of the videos I watched online he didn’t use a jig at all, he did this
exact same thing he didn’t need an anchor clasp but I thought it was really
nice doing it under tension, so I’m gonna remember right.
I’ll take the right one, go over your two core cords, that’s what these are, over,
take your other one go over that, under the core, and up and through, and then
pull, and then repeat with the left, over the core, over that one, under the core
and up and through, and that’s all there is to it. So that was left, right, left, right, and that’s it that’s all there is to it. There are lots of other designs out there for you to do, I really enjoyed
doing this one with the two colors. I’ll have a link in the description box to
the instructables I followed the directions for making this. I liked doing
the two colors because you always use the same one, so it was always red because it
switches sides, and I do tend to mix up my left and my right. I read somewhere
that it’s folks who have a strong right- left brain connection that mix up their
right and left and so that’s my story and I’m sticking with it! I’m not sure if I did that right… you can see once you get going and you can make one
of these bracelets in just a few minutes. If this is something you enjoy doing
this kind of knotting, making bracelets, necklaces, keychains, all sorts of things,
you might find the jig helpful. Is it necessary? No, not a hundred percent
necessary. But is it handy? Yes. I saw the retail price was listed as $40 and
discounted to $30 so I’m thinking $30 is probably around the average
price you’ll pay, maybe a little pricey. You could buy the smaller one if you’re
only going to make smaller items. Could you do something very similar with a
bulldog clip? Yes, but if this is something you enjoy making it might be
handy. And be watching next week when I’m going to show you how to make one of
those very popular wrap style bracelets using this and I think that’s when this
will really be handy. I hope that you found this helpful and interesting and
inspiring and don’t forget Valentine’s Day is coming up so a nice survival
piece of jewelry might be something great for the guys in your life. If
you’re interested in the supplies, click on the little “i” or the tag in the
upper right to go to my blog post, there’s also a link in the description
box, and at my blog post I always have a complete supply list with links to
products. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already and if you’d like bonus
tutorials every month take a look at my Patreon page. Happy creating, bye bye.

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