The average woman's wrist measures between 6.5 and 7 inches if she's small or between 7 and 8 inches if she's not. For a man, the average wrist is between 8 and 9 inches. This means leather sold by the foot will waste several inches of product. That is why we sell this luxury leather
by the inch so you purchase what you need and don't have a left over piece that's too short to do anything with. In order to know in advance what length to buy we've come up with a Handy Tip for you. There are a couple of variables to consider here.
- The clasp is going to add to the length. How much of the leather is inside the glue recess?
- Sliders take up room, in essence making the bracelet shorter.
What will work best is to carefully measure the wrist with a piece of string or, measure a bracelet that fits well. Once the clasp is glued it stays put so you need to do these steps of preparation!
|STEP ONE||STEP TWO||STEP THREE|
|The clasps have a pocket or glue recess that you need to measure to find out its depth. Each clasp is a bit different so be certain you know how deep the pockets are.||To measure the depth, take the end of the Regaliz and push it into the clasp, using your index finger to hold the spot marking the depth.||Multiply that number by two; subtract it from the overall length of the clasp. The result is added to the length of the bracelet. The non-magnetic clasp has the longest length.|
|STEP FOUR||STEP FIVE||STEP SIX|
|With all the sliders available it can be hard to decide just which ones and how many you'd like on a bracelet. Some of us have found out the hard way that you can wind up with a bracelet that's too small for anyone! So, before you glue, measure again!||To illustrate what a difference in overall size a few sliders can make, we've loaded one up.||Artbeads carries an EZ Bracelet Sizer that can measure a finished bracelet no matter how thick with sliders it is. If you'd like, you can try just slipping the leather into the clasp; sometimes you can keep it together without adhesive just long enough to measure. With three thick and four thin Clay River sliders this 7.5 inch piece of Regaliz is measuring 6.5 inches on the bracelet cone. For our purposes, that would be too small.|
|STEP SEVEN||STEP EIGHT||STEP NINE|
| By removing all but three sliders,||we gained .75 inches!||If the sliders weren't cool enough, the hook clasp is getting a lot of attention from our staff. We've shown it here with a simple knot to loop through. Here again, the knot requires additional length of leather.|
|STEP TEN||STEP ELEVEN||STEP TWELVE|
|This example used 15 inches of the thin leather, folded in half and knotted.||The result is a seven inch bracelet.||With the thin leather you can wrap twice around the wrist if you like. The magnetic clasp is smaller, adding only 3/8 of an inch to the bracelet length. We've added a sliding bail to this leather, so you can attach a dangle of your choosing.|
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