Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by Karen Cha » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 15:28:43



When someone says they "wear a size 8 bracelet", doesn't that mean their
wrist is 8 inches around?  Or, is there some more complicated formula
than "one inch equals one size"?

I'm trying to make a bracelet for someone, and she said she wears a size
8 bracelet, but her wrist isn't 8 inches, so I don't know how big to
make it now!  I wanted her to measure her wrist, but she said "a size 8
is what I wear".

The bracelet will be small wire-wrapped links of 4mm Swarovski crystals
with a dangle (like the one I made for myself tonight but haven't taken
a picture of yet to share), so it will drape on her, rather than be a
solid thing like a metal cuff.  I'm already planning to build in about
an inch of chain so it can be a little adjustable on her.  She lives in
Florida, otherwise I'd just go do a custom fit.

Thanks!
Karenator ;)

 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by starli » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 16:41:33


Generally a size 8 means 8 inches.  I have no idea what another type of
measurement might be.  Does she like them big maybe?

--
Starlia Klopman
www.klopmanstudios.com


Quote:
> When someone says they "wear a size 8 bracelet", doesn't that mean their
> wrist is 8 inches around?  Or, is there some more complicated formula
> than "one inch equals one size"?

> I'm trying to make a bracelet for someone, and she said she wears a size
> 8 bracelet, but her wrist isn't 8 inches, so I don't know how big to
> make it now!  I wanted her to measure her wrist, but she said "a size 8
> is what I wear".

> The bracelet will be small wire-wrapped links of 4mm Swarovski crystals
> with a dangle (like the one I made for myself tonight but haven't taken
> a picture of yet to share), so it will drape on her, rather than be a
> solid thing like a metal cuff.  I'm already planning to build in about
> an inch of chain so it can be a little adjustable on her.  She lives in
> Florida, otherwise I'd just go do a custom fit.

> Thanks!
> Karenator ;)


 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by lgreen » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 19:29:31



Quote:
> Generally a size 8 means 8 inches.  I have no idea what another type of
> measurement might be.  Does she like them big maybe?

Doesn't everyone?

Oh, you were still talking about bracelets, weren't you?? ;^P

Lisa

 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by LC aka Fid » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 23:20:58


Quote:
> She lives in
>Florida, otherwise I'd just go do a custom fit.

Hi, Karen!  Have her tie a string around her wrist, then cut it where she wants
the bracelet to fall, and have her send you the string!  :)

The Blessed Fiddy, Patroness Saint of the Disorganized
LC in Sunny So Cal
Personality Development Specialist (Full-Time Mom!)

 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by Jalynn » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 23:49:21


Oh, Lisa, you're bad.  ;-)
--
Jalynne - Keeper of the Quilt for ME club list
Queen Gypsy (snail mail available upon request)
see what i've been up to at www.100megsfree4.com/jalynne


Quote:



> > Generally a size 8 means 8 inches.  I have no idea what another type of
> > measurement might be.  Does she like them big maybe?

> Doesn't everyone?

> Oh, you were still talking about bracelets, weren't you?? ;^P

> Lisa

 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by Dr. So » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 00:09:00


Quote:
>When someone says they "wear a size 8 bracelet", doesn't that mean their
>wrist is 8 inches around?

Where did they get this size thing?  I've never heard of it.

Quote:
>I'm trying to make a bracelet for someone, and she said she wears a size
>8 bracelet, but her wrist isn't 8 inches, so I don't know how big to
>make it now!  I wanted her to measure her wrist, but she said "a size 8
>is what I wear".

You are a jewelry designer, and you've never heard of this arbitrary sizing
idea.  Neither have we.  Tell that stubborn twit to measure herself, because
you can't start until you have the exact measurement.  "So sorry, dear, guess
I'll have to move on to my next client until you've sent the measurement in
inches."

~~
Sooz

 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by Dr. So » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 00:10:11


Quote:
>Hi, Karen!  Have her tie a string around her wrist, then cut it where she
>wants
>the bracelet to fall, and have her send you the string!  :)

Good one.

If she's that daft that she refuses to cooperate, you can refuse to cooperate
too.
~~
Sooz

 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by Margi » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 00:28:20




Quote:
>I'm trying to make a bracelet for someone, and she said she wears a size
>8 bracelet, but her wrist isn't 8 inches, so I don't know how big to
>make it now!  I wanted her to measure her wrist, but she said "a size 8
>is what I wear".

Ha!  Your customer sounds just like mine except mine lives near me and
is willing to come back to my house again and again until we get her
fitting right.  

Quote:

>The bracelet will be small wire-wrapped links of 4mm Swarovski crystals
>with a dangle (like the one I made for myself tonight but haven't taken
>a picture of yet to share), so it will drape on her, rather than be a
>solid thing like a metal cuff.  I'm already planning to build in about
>an inch of chain so it can be a little adjustable on her.  She lives in
>Florida, otherwise I'd just go do a custom fit.

That sounds like a lovely bracelet.  It seems rather silly that your
customer won't cooperate and measure her wrist proper for you but mine
won't measure her daughter's either so these customers exist.  What to
do?  Hmmm...I think I would cut up a measuring tape and send her the
first 9" of it, with instructions of how to measure and mark the tape
for various types of fit ie drape versus snug.  She could mail it back
to you or just email you the measurement unless she is measurement
impaired then she could email you a picture of it?  <g>  Sounds like a
lot of trouble to go through but I know from experience that difficult
customers often times are the most loyal when they find someone who is
willing to deal with them aka "kill them with kindness".

Good luck and lets see your bracelet!

--
Margie
http://www.picturetrail.com/margiek

 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by Dr. So » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 00:57:55


Quote:
>but I know from experience that difficult
>customers often times are the most loyal when they find someone who is
>willing to deal with them aka "kill them with kindness".

Or you could always send them a fresh dog turd in the mail.  :-D
~~
Sooz
 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by Margi » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 01:10:49




Quote:

>Or you could always send them a fresh dog turd in the mail.  :-D

Sooz!   LOL

--
Margie
http://www.picturetrail.com/margiek

 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by Pam » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 01:21:24


It's probably because if she goes to a jewelry store to buy a gold chain
bracelet they come in 7 inches, 8 inche or 9 inches... and she buys the 8
inch ones.

Unfortunately that doesn't always work with beaded bracelets - some bulky 8
inch bracelets fit me like a glove, while a thin delicate one would just
hang on me.  Try to explain that to her and see if that doesn't get her to
measure her actual wrist.

--
Pam Brisse
The Blue Between - handcrafted jewelry and bead art
http://www.bluebetween.com


Quote:
> When someone says they "wear a size 8 bracelet", doesn't that mean their
> wrist is 8 inches around?  Or, is there some more complicated formula
> than "one inch equals one size"?

> I'm trying to make a bracelet for someone, and she said she wears a size
> 8 bracelet, but her wrist isn't 8 inches, so I don't know how big to
> make it now!  I wanted her to measure her wrist, but she said "a size 8
> is what I wear".

> The bracelet will be small wire-wrapped links of 4mm Swarovski crystals
> with a dangle (like the one I made for myself tonight but haven't taken
> a picture of yet to share), so it will drape on her, rather than be a
> solid thing like a metal cuff.  I'm already planning to build in about
> an inch of chain so it can be a little adjustable on her.  She lives in
> Florida, otherwise I'd just go do a custom fit.

> Thanks!
> Karenator ;)

 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by Dr. So » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 02:25:36


Quote:
>>Or you could always send them a fresh dog turd in the mail.  :-D

>Sooz!   LOL

hee
~~
Sooz
 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by starli » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 02:29:49


Quote:
> Or you could always send them a fresh dog turd in the mail.  :-D
> ~~
> Sooz

HAW!
 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by Georgi » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 02:33:17


Actually, this kind of "string simulation" may give you a shorter length
than you actually need. You have to compensate for the diameter of the beads
if they are larger than about 5mm.

Georgia
www.bead-designs.com

 
 
 

Q. re Bracelet Sizes

Post by lgreen » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 03:05:32



Quote:
> Actually, this kind of "string simulation" may give you a shorter length
> than you actually need. You have to compensate for the diameter of the
beads
> if they are larger than about 5mm.

> Georgia
> www.bead-designs.com

actually, here's what i do.  i can't stand doing the math associated with
the size of beads to obtain the correct length.

I had someone a long time ago, make me wrist sized ovals of stainless steel
and rivet them so that they are 6", 6.5", etc, up to 8" bracelet mandrels.
My silversmithing teacher had them, and I copied him more than 25 years ago.
Then, I make my bracelet using whatever size beads I am using and measure it
around the form, allowing for the clasp i'll be using.  Voila.  no math.

I know that some people have adapted this method really easily by cutting
manila folders or other heavy cardstock to length, taping or stapling it,
and using it to measure.

So, the string length will work, you just need to make a mandrel.

Lisa>