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Do you have bracelets too tight to get over your hand? Here’s the solution!

trying to get a bangle on on Brenda Kinsel website

Ouch! The bracelet won’t fit!


Bracelet won't fit on Brenda Kinsel website

It doesn’t work this way either


A guy at a jewelry show was showing me a pretty bracelet. I tried to get it on but it only got as far as my fingers.

He watched me struggle and offered some first aid. He said, “There’s an easy fix for that. Put a plastic bag over your hand first. Then slide the bracelet over the bag. When it’s on your wrist, pull the bag away.” He was very confident. I was not.

I nodded my head up and down like I really believed him but I didn’t.

I have bracelets that I just can’t wear anymore. I’ve kept them, but I can’t explain why. I don’t know if I thought my hand would shrink and they’d fit again someday, or what.

I have a client who experiences this a lot too. She’s got fabulous artistic bracelets that I’d love to work into outfits for her but when she tries them on, they don’t fit. I sigh and move on. I feel bad for the lost opportunities to use these beauties.


I had to try his trick

I’m usually a glass half full kind of gal but I was eager to prove him wrong. I could only recall the pain and disappointment of past failures. I had no hope for this remedy.

Well, would it hurt to try it? I suppose I could give it a try.


Trying the fix for tight bracelets

Applying the supposed remedy to my hand


I went home and cut the end off my blue NY Times newspaper plastic wrapper. I went to my bracelet stash and picked one of the bracelets that I knew hadn’t made it over my hand in years.

I did what he suggested, put the plastic sleeve over my hand first. To keep the experiment scientific I tried the wood bangle on one last time to be sure my hand hadn’t shrunk. It hadn’t. There was nothing but pain.


Bracelet makes it over the bag on Brenda Kinsel website

Bracelet slides over the bag


Then I tried guiding the bracelet over the bag. Are you seeing what I’m seeing? I was stunned!

(And not stung either. The birds and bees photos are by Russ. They’re part of the photo gallery on our front porch.)


The bag trick worked on the bracelet on Brenda Kinsel website

Remove the bag and there’s the bracelet!


I removed the bag and there was my bracelet, happy as can be on my wrist.


Taking the tight bangle off on Brenda Kinsel website

And then it comes off!


To remove the bracelet I grabbed the plastic bag, slid it under the bracelet and then pulled the bracelet back over the plastic wrapper. It slid right over my hand.

From now on, the blue plastic newspaper sleeve will go in my closet kit so when I’m working with my clients in their closets I’ll be able to whip out my magic trick. I can’t wait!

Oh, and the next time I see the jewelry guy I will tell him how brilliant he is, I promise!


I hope you’ll try this trick and let me know if it works for you.


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  • Reply
    July 21, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    What a great trick…but I’m. Not sure I’m going to share it with my mother…then she wouldn’t give me her bracelets that don’t fit!! Ha ha

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      July 23, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Oh no! Now I’m wondering what I’ve given away to my daughters. Regret! Regret! Regret!
      I think I’d do what you’re doing, Jodie!

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    elena daciuk
    July 29, 2016 at 8:31 am

    wow! this is genius! great tip to share with my clients…i unfortunately have the problem of most bracelets being too big…i can usually slip them on without unclasping them…
    so if i’m stacking…i usually try and put the smallest one closets to my hand…so the bigger ones can’t slip off…
    thanks for another great informative post!

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      July 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      You know what’s so fun? I have a client who has a problem getting bracelets over her hand so yesterday I brought my demonstration tools–the wooden bracelet I can’t get over my hand and the newspaper sleeve. I showed it to her and her eyes got big. “That’s amazing,” she said. “Can I keep the newspaper sleeve?” she asked. So I think I’ll be cutting the bottom off newspaper sleeves and stocking them in my closet kit. We can change the world, Elena! Not for you because your have a small wrist but for everyone else!

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    September 8, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Have just tried the trick – fantastic! Thank goodness I hadn’t passed any of my favourite bracelets on, as I was just about to. Please tell the jewellery guy that the trick works in Copenhagen too!

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      September 8, 2016 at 7:38 am

      I’m so happy!!! It’s such an amazing trick and yes, I too am VERY happy you didn’t pass on any of your favorites! I will see that jewelry guy next week and I’ll tell him he has a fan in Copenhagen!

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    November 21, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Oh my gosh!! It worked! I am a woman who has large hands.. Large bones period! I love bracelets but can never get them over my hands. Thank you, thank you! I didn’t have a newspaper plastic bag, so I used a grocery plastic bag, and it worked just fine. Yah! I can now get myself some bracelets.. 🙂

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      November 21, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      So glad you tried this! Isn’t it amazing? Enjoy those bracelets!

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    April 12, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Great tip! Also, I LOVE that bracelet, Brenda!

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      April 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Thank you!!

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    May 2, 2017 at 2:23 am

    I tried but still my hand’ s hurting..guess my hand bones are very hard

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      May 3, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Well, then that bracelet was just too small! I just shared this trick with a client today and it worked for her. Clearly, it has its limits. Maybe you’ll use this trick on a different bracelet. It really is amazing when it works!

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    July 5, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I had a gold bangle stuck on my wrist for 3 months.
    A friend said why don’t you google this and miracle it has come off just now with
    the aid of this plastic bag. Many thanks from Liane from the UK.

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      July 5, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Oh my gosh, Liane, this has to be a tip that goes in our top 10 of all time. AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for sharing your success!

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    Nancy Karpen
    February 28, 2018 at 7:27 am

    What a great tip. I went and got a NYT bag and a silver bracelet with pointy charms that actually hurts to get on. On it went right on with only minor pain. Haven’t worn it in ages!

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      February 28, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      I SO LOVE this tip! Glad it worked for you! Minor pain is bearable for beauty, right?

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    July 12, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I never post anything online but this was AMAZING. I have had this anklet that was a very important gift that I could not get on. With not too much effort, on it went. Thank you!

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      July 14, 2018 at 8:41 am

      You’re so welcome! Glad it worked!

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    July 14, 2018 at 5:17 am

    i tried the plastic bag -it did not work. So resort to using soap n water. Despite abit of pain was able to get the bangle off.

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      July 14, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Oh dear! So it got on but not off? Thanks for reminding us of the soap and water trick as well. It doesn’t hurt to have an arsenal of tools and tricks to work our wardrobes!

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    BM Wms
    January 5, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Oh my goodness! Thank you, I learned this in China while buying a Jade bracelet. I am now trying to get an odd shaped gold bangle off, did oil, soap water and thinking, how big have I gotten!?? This Bangle I do not remove, I wash in them, etc. For surgery, taking it off. Gonna try, thank you for reminding me! BMW

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      January 5, 2019 at 7:07 pm

      I sure hope it worked for you!!!

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    April 17, 2019 at 9:25 am

    You are a lifesaver! This is amazing. I can now keep & wear my new beautiful bangle bracelet!

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      April 19, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      I’m doing a happy dance right now, Linda. YAY!!! (picture pom poms)

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