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Bangle Sizing Tip by Abbi Berta
by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com
Wire Jewelry Tip for May 9th, 2017
Sizing a Bangle
by Abbi Berta
Sizing a bangle can almost be an impossible task without the correct knowledge and tools on hand. The old fashioned string measurement trick isn’t always accurate because strings and tape measures don’t hold their round shape, so they slip more easily over your hand than a bangle, giving an improper measurement. If you don’t have a bangle sizer, here’s a simple trick to get the perfect size bangle every time.
1. Cut the bottom off of a transparent plastic party cup.
2. Fold your hand as if you were to slide a bangle over it. Place your hand into the cup as far as it will go without the cup changing shape.
3. Using a permanent marker, make a line across the cup where the widest part of your hand stops inside.
4. Measure around the cup at the line and use that measurement for the inner circumference of the bangle you create.
Most bangles are created using a steel round bracelet mandrel, but in a pinch, you can shape the bangle directly on the party cup. Stack a few cups together for extra sturdiness when using a thicker gauge.