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Necklace And Bracelet Lengths.
Q: As a newbie to the bead necklace-making scene (and thoroughly enjoying my new found hobby). Would you be so kind as to tell me what the standard lengths are that most people use when making necklaces and bracelets using 'Tiger Tail' wire?
A: If I'm making a bracelet for a particular person, I'll ask them what
length they want. Those I make for myself, are six inches without the
clasp (skinny wrists here). If I'm just working on a piece, in general,
I usually go with six and a half to seven inches.
I've only done a few necklaces and they were all by request; anything
from 18 inches to 48 inches.
The 'Rio Grande' catalog has a great reference photo that shows a person
wearing all the standard lengths of necklaces. It's a good tool, but
personal preference still rules here (either your own or the
customer's). Right now, I'd say off-hand that 16" and 18" necklaces are
by far the most popular. I'd say 7", including clasp, is pretty standard
16" is best for younger people and 18" for more mature, unless you're talking
choker length, and many men prefer 20". If you aren't making for a specific
customer, I'd try to do a variety of lengths, bearing in mind the market you're
selling to and the materials. My own personal preference is the 24" length,
because I'm old and fat