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Daily Wire Tip Nov. 16: Wrapping a Metric Wrist
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
November 16, 2010
I am making a classic wire bracelet with a stone in the middle. The bracelet is being made from 6 feet of 21-gauge square half hard sterling silver wire, and 1 foot of 21-gauge half round sterling silver wire. The person that I am making it for says her wrist measurement is 15cm. How long, in inches, should I cut the six feet of square wire to fit her wrist? The clasp would be included in the measurement, since I am not making a hook and eye clasp.
-Jacqueline in Virginia Beach, Virginia
When I take a custom order in centimeters, to transfer it to inches, I measure and cut a piece of string in centimeters, and then place it alongside a ruler for the correct inches. For reference, to convert centimeters to inches with a calculator, you can multiply the length in centimeters by 0.394.
As for the correct length of wire, well, how loose or tight would the customer like her bracelet? Our Faculty members and I usually plan the wrist plus ½” (1.27cm). If you were to make a hook and eye clasp, you would also need to add the lengths of wire that will be bent over to form the hook, as well as the width of the eye.
I am presuming that the stone is going to be set separately and then attached? If not, then you would have to take the distance across the top of the stone into account as well.
I hope that half round wire you mention is half hard for strength. Actually, I would recommend either using the same 21-gauge square wire for the wraps, or upping the half round to 18-gauge, because 21-gauge half round is not large enough to support a 21-gauge wire bracelet – unless you plan on doing a LOT of wrapping! This style of bracelet is always difficult to formulate and get perfect, as there is no real opportunity for corrections.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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