|a "vibrant" crayon cuff approx 5-3/8th inches|
I always make my jewelry in a range of sizes, but I do tend to make things longer or bigger than average, just because in most cases it's much easier to make adjustments downward, instead of adding to something. (though I do both tasks with a smile on my face!)
I'm fond of telling folks while I adjust stuff that if we were all the same, this would be the most boring job ever, instead of one of the best!
The vast majority of my jewelry is easy to adjust... there are exceptions to the rule of course. One of those exceptions is my popular "crayon cuff" design. I have a few easy options if someone wants them slightly bigger than I've made them.. but if they need it smaller? that requires that I make a brand new bracelet sized just for them. I never ever mind doing this.. any excuse to make jewelry is a good one! When it's at shows, I can measure the wrist and mail it later. But what if the customer is ordering through Etsy?
After much trial and error over the years, I've finally come up with a method that works most of the time.
|I took the measurements the customer gave me and make a template in my sketchpad, allowing room for the clasp|
|I usually weave in the crystals while the bracelet is still flat, then gently bend into shape as the last step.|
|To the left is the commission, to the right is the bracelet the customer originally saw on Etsy|
|To give a good idea of the size difference, here is the new cuff inside the old one!|