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.
To learn how to make the bracelet size tool and how to use it, watch the video here:
These pages will help you with sizing your bracelets too: