I get a lot of questions about the Pandora style jewelry I sell. The most common one is, How do I know what size to get? and the next one is, How do I open and close the bracelet? So, I’ve decided to make tutorials on how to do just that.


First, if you don’t know what size bracelet you wear, get out a tape measure and measure your wrist. Next, add 1/2” to what you just measured to fit the bracelet you’ve just bought and that is the size you will need.  However, if you plan to add more beads in the future then add another 1/2” to accommodate them.  The bracelet will be a bit loose at first, but as you add more beads it will “shrink” in size.  The reason for this is that the diameter of the beads eats up space, and in effect it “shrinks” the bracelet.

(this also applies to stopper beads)

Look closely at the snap clasp and rotate it until you see two “lips” or raised edges along the width.  Next, use your thumbnails to gently pry apart the lips.  Place one thumbnail at each end of the lips, in the groove between the lips, and apply gentle pressure inward until the clasp snaps open. 

Now, take a close look at each end of the bracelet.  You will see the clasp end and also the end where you add beads.  Now take a look at the clasp end.  When it’s shut, can you see a hole on the end side?  Now open the clasp – d0 you see a “U” shape on the same end side?  Now look at the opposite end of the bracelet where you add the beads.   Do you see what looks like a tiny thumb tack on the end of it?  Now, fit the stem part of the “thumbtacks” end into the U part of the clasp end so they nestle together and then snap the clasp shut.  Make sure they are nestled properly or you can damage the clasp.  A good rule of thumb is to never force the clasp shut.  It sounds complicated, but you only need to do it once to earn how easy it is.  Also, sometimes when the bracelets are new they’re a little tight and hard to open and close, but they’ll get easier to open in time.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Priscillia Munn
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 14:48:26

    Some photos to show how it’s done will be great. Some of us are not so good with visualization, thanks.


    • cookala
      Jan 12, 2012 @ 17:17:16

      hi, Priscilla! yes, you are correct! I am not sure how to add photos, and I am also always so busy, that this is unfortunatley at the bottom of my to-do’s. so sorry, will try to get there eventually, after I fgiure out how to create 10 clones of me 😉


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