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How to Size a Bracelet

Figuring out how to size a bracelet... You'd think it would be pretty straightforward. It wasn't for me. For me sizing a bracelet used to be one of the most frustrating endeavors!  

Here I was.  Making many many bracelets. Even though I sized many many bracelets  wrongly and had to take them apart and restring them, it didn't occur to me that I was doing it wrong.  I doggedly persisted in making bracelets and taking them apart.  I was clueless.  

Did I spend way too much time measuring and still not getting it right?   Yes, I did. Did I not wonder what the heck I was doing wrong?  Honestly, it was so long ago I can't remember.  It seems so silly now that I wonder whether I had a head injury.  Probably it was just one of those things - you don't know what you don't know.

I'd like to say that one day I just had an epiphany and invented this bracelet sizing tool but I didn't.  One day I was at a store and saw a very simple looking tool for sizing bracelets.

I thought I can make one of those!   I probably should have just bought one because making one turned out to be a lot more painstaking than I expected! 

To make this DIY bracelet sizer I formed a cone out of an old file folder and carefully measured small to average to larger wrist sizing sizes in quarter inch increments.  Then I placed a newly-restrung-but-not-yet-crimped bracelet onto the cone and adjusted the sizing until it was perfect.  Then I crimped the crimps tight.

I tried on the bracelet.  I took a deep breath.  The moment of truth! G

Guess what happened?  I finally got it right! 

I am unashamed to say I was so darn happy I danced a little jig.  Well, more of a lurch to music, but dancing a jig sound SO much better.

And now I share it with you. It ain't pretty but it works. I'm pretty sure I'm not breaking any patent laws by publishing it because, well, it's darn ugly so I doubt anyone wants to own up to thinking it up first :-)

The bracelet sizer template you see in the video is a PDF download.   You can download it here Bracelet Sizer PDF** ( 2.65 MB)

To download this file, right-click and choose "save as"

To open it, find the file on your hard drive and double click on it.

Using the Bracelet Sizer - How to Size a Bracelet (video)

To learn how to make the bracelet size tool and how to use it, watch the video here:

Bracelet Sizing Tips

These pages will help you with sizing your bracelets too:

Children's Bracelet Sizing

Average Bracelet Sizes

Bracelet Making Tips

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