The dystopian future shown in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road may not be a wholly realistic take on survival after a nuclear holocaust, considering all its monster truck jumps, explosions, and flamethrower guitar solos. However, this over-the-top action flick was absolutely entertaining and visually impressive. We also loved the battered look of Tom Hardy’s protagonist character.

Image via Warner Bros.

Image via Warner Bros.

Eagle-eyed viewers of the film may have noticed that Max is wearing a paracord bracelet throughout much of the film, and there’s an interesting backstory behind it. The bracelet was a personal item Tom Hardy added to his character’s outfit, and he began making identical bracelets for other members of the cast and crew. He even made one for the star of the original Mad Max trilogy, Mel Gibson. In an interview with ET, Hardy explained the story behind these bracelets:

So, you may not be lucky enough to have Tom Hardy make you a paracord bracelet, but you can certainly make your own in the same style. This bracelet uses about 8 feet of 550 paracord, although it’s wise to start with a little extra so you don’t run out. It’s woven using a cobra stitch, also called a solomon stitch, with an adjustable segment and diamond knot to secure the loose ends.

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YouTube channel Weavers of Eternity created an easy-to-follow video tutorial for this Mad Max paracord bracelet:

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