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Old 07-15-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: CO
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I have a number of those type of bracelets that seem to be a thin elastic band strung with small beads, most often several strands of them together. What I've found is that over time, even if I haven't worn them in awhile, the elastic stretches out of shape and the bracelets just hang very loosely on my wrists. I can't figure out any way to fix this. Is this a common problem and is there anything that can be done about it? Any jewelry-makers out there have an answer for this?

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Old 07-15-2014, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I have a number of those type of bracelets that seem to be a thin elastic band strung with small beads, most often several strands of them together. What I've found is that over time, even if I haven't worn them in awhile, the elastic stretches out of shape and the bracelets just hang very loosely on my wrists. I can't figure out any way to fix this. Is this a common problem and is there anything that can be done about it? Any jewelry-makers out there have an answer for this?

Here's an example:

beaded bracelet - Google Search
The elastic wears out naturally (problem with rubber). You could always restring, or build the bracelet differently, with a stretchy clasp area only, instead of stringing on full rubbery thread.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:12 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My mom has a bunch of bracelets like that. Once a year, I buy a spool of clear stretchy bracelet cord and restring all of them for her. It costs about $6 for the spool of cord (she has a lot of bracelets) and then you also need a bottle of clear nail polish to put a dot on the knot to make sure it stays.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:37 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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You have to have them restrung.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:57 PM
 
Location: CO
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Well, darn it, I was afraid that was what I was going to hear.
Thanks for the replies.
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