Measuring for a Bracelet
by Dale Armstrong
Question #1:

When making a wire bracelet how do you measure to determine how long to make it?

Question #2:

Can you tell me the basic rule for how to add to your wire if you were making a bracelet for a 7 1/2` inch wrist?
Instructions
Answer #1:


Well, the length of the bracelet depends on why you are making it. If you are making it for a customer, measure their wrist and use whatever formula is given for the particular bracelet pattern you are following, as the author or designer of said bracelet has already done the legwork for you and knows exactly what the design's chosen wire gauges will do for a certain size length needed. If you are just making bracelets for resale, then make a few in several sizes, such as 6 ½-inches long (end to end including clasp) 7-inches long, 7 ½ -inches long and one or two 8-inches long, so you have a variety of sizes to fit potential customers. It doesn't matter if you only have one style in two sizes, as a customer can choose their style and then a size (by trying on your variety of ready made sizes) and you can take a custom order just for them!

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
Answer #2:

I think we would all love one simple formula for making wire bracelets, but each calculation depends both on the design of the bracelet and what type of clasp it will contain.

To plan your wire length you need to, 'A' determine how long the finished bracelet will be (depending on how loose or tight a fit is desired). Then 'B' figure how much wire will be needed to finish each end and add the total length of the clasp from eye to eye. Subtract the total of 'B' from length 'A', and there is the required length of wire. If the bracelet includes beads or cabochon components, the length of wire may change, as more will be needed to go around each component or bead.

For example, if the wrist is 7 ½ inches around and the person likes a loose bracelet, then you would add anywhere from ½ to ¾ or even one full inch to the 7 ½ inch measurement. If no components or beads are to included, subtract the length of the clasp that will be used from this total and the result will equal the length of wire you need.

Answer contributed by Dale `Cougar` Armstrong

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