Read through the instructions before starting the project.
Step 1: Measure a child for a bangle is the same manner as for an adult. The bangle in the photos indicates where a measurements would be taken using a measuring tape. When measuring, the tape should not be too tight or too loose. It should be Golidlocks just right. The first photo, measurement 1, is around the knuckles of the hand with the thumb tucked in toward the fingers. The second photo, measurement 2, is around the knuckles of the little finger and the thumb, with the thumb still tucked in toward the fingers. The right and left hand will probably have measurements that are slightly different so it is advisable to measure both. Use the measurements from the larger hand.
As we age, our knuckles may enlarge as a result of arthritis. Our hands also become less flexible. It is wise to use the larger of the two measurements, measurement 2, for an adult bangle.
If possible, measure the hand of the child lucky enough to be getting a "real" piece of jewelry using measurement 1 as a guide. Use that measurement plus ¼" (because children generally do not like things that are too tight) to cut the wire for a bangle. Add 1½" to 2" to that measurement for a bypass bangle. The younger the child, the more length needs to be added for the bangle to grow with the child. As the child grows, the bangle can be expanded to the point where someday it will become a cuff-third photo. The adult small bone structure cuff wire was cut 7" long with ends melted to make it 6" long before forming.
If measuring cannot be done to determine size, use these measurements. If unsure of size, use the longest measurement in the size the child is thought to be. Remember, these bangles have overlapped ends so precise measurements are not necessary. The measurements are just general
If the child has a small bone structure cut the wire 6¾" to 7½" long.
If the child has an average bone structure, cut the wire 7" to 7¾" long.
If the child has a large bone structure, cut the wire 7¼" to 8" long.
The finished bangles shown on an adult hand are for a 5-year-old child with small bone structure and a bangle measurement of 5½". One quarter inch was added to that measurement to make the ripple bangle. 1¼" was added to the 5¾" to make the bangle with the round beads. 1½" was added to make the bangle with the rectangle bead. The two different lengths were cut to see what difference there would be in the overlap. In retrospect, ¼" more should have been added to each of those lengths to allow for the room the beads take up on the wrist. Another ¼" can be added if more of a bypass is desired.
Pro Tip: Choosing the Beads: Make sure the hole is large enough for the wire to slide through. If the beads have many open areas like the two on the left, it may be best to avoid them because too much heat used during soldering can cause them to fall apart. The two on the right are better choices because there is more metal on the bead surface and no holes other than the stringing hole.