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BRACELET BUDDY IS NO FRIEND, BUT PIECE OF STRING IS

Started 1355531327.277 in Judith Ripka | Last reply 1355833514.04 by Pugaru

Several weeks ago, I posted a review about one of Judith's bracelets that I like a lot, but is a real hassle to put on. Like so many of her other link bracelets, if I order a small, it fits perfectly once it's on, but it can take more than 20 minutes for me to get it on, so I end up not wearing them as much as I would like to because I am so rushed in the morning. A fellow Ripkanista kindly suggested that I order a Bracelet Buddy to help me, which I did right away. Well, it only works when the link bracelet is generously sized. There is a clamp which you are supposed to fit onto the last link of the bracelet (the link that you attach the lobster claw to), but if the bracelet is small, the clamp falls off as soon as you pull the other end of the bracelet around to meet it. So of course I am returning it. But I sure am glad I ordered it because I suddenly thought about using the same principle as the buddy bracelet, but w/ a piece of string instead. This worked like a charm, & saved me $30.00. Here's how you do it girls: Take a piece of string that is about 7" long & thread it into the loop of the bracelet that is supposed to receive the lobster claw. Make the 2 ends of the string meet. Lay the bracelet over your wrist & grab the 2 ends of the string w/ the thumb & pointer finger of the hand that you are going to put the bracelet on. With your other hand, wrap the bracelet around your wrist until the lobster claw meets the link w/ the string. Hook it & remove the string. This really works!!! It took me 20 seconds to put on my most challenging bracelet - which used to take me a good 20 minutes.

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visrn1355531492.76754 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

You are very clever!

BGDC1355531778.6675082 PostsRegistered 12/22/2010

cool!!! {#emotions_dlg.thumbup1}

croemer1355532640.65775814 PostsRegistered 1/29/2009

Very clever...do you have a patent on your little invention yet?{#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

"Well Bless Your Pea Pickin' Heart."

WhateverLo­laWants1355539052.6575804 PostsRegistered 10/7/2008New Mexico, not really new, not really Mexico

Well, isn't necessity is the mother of invention!

I was one who suggested you try a Bracelet Buddy. I have had a couple, and the clamp on the original worked much better than the "fancy" golden one I got to replace it.

Glad you came up with your own simple, ingenious solution, Glitter Puss.

Lola

Schnapside­en1355539185.91337 PostsRegistered 5/19/2006

Brava. I will try this as well.

BlingQueen­0221355539287.5634829 PostsRegistered 9/23/2012

I can save even more time. I just put a piece of scotch tape on the bracelet and tape it to my wrist lift the other end of the bracelet up and hook it. Takes seconds to do. Works every time.

Nancy Drew1355539590.0575586 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

OMG! I just tried this with a bracelet that is very hard to do and it worked like a charm. Now can you figure out how to do an easier way for the tongue and clasp.

Please don't put me in a timeout.

BGDC1355545061.275082 PostsRegistered 12/22/2010

you need to take your string and go on shark tank and get Laurie Greiner to buy your idea. Then tell her that we need a jewelry box that is about 3 ft. x 2 ft.and 3 feet high to store our Ripka.

croemer1355545438.5275814 PostsRegistered 1/29/2009
On 12/14/2012 BGDC said:

you need to take your string and go on shark tank and get Laurie Greiner to buy your idea. Then tell her that we need a jewelry box that is about 3 ft. x 2 ft.and 3 feet high to store our Ripka.

Let's see how much could she charge for her little string? Maybe Umm...$36.94?{#emotions_dlg.glare}Smile

"Well Bless Your Pea Pickin' Heart."

Sylanne1355571265.881875 PostsRegistered 6/13/2006
On 12/14/2012 BlingQueen022 said:

I can save even more time. I just put a piece of scotch tape on the bracelet and tape it to my wrist lift the other end of the bracelet up and hook it. Takes seconds to do. Works every time.

That's what I do as well.

kaplan2061355581991.75710761 PostsRegistered 1/27/2008from the cradle of liberty & cheesesteak

Brilliant!

“ I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.”  
Rita Rudner

BurbankKate1355582523.636188 PostsRegistered 11/18/2007Home of: Disney Studios,W. Bros, Nickelodeon, Cartoon network, media capital of the world
Thanks...I have several bracelets I will try this on...does it work for Italian bar type clasps?

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sfbabe1355595798.4100 PostsRegistered 10/30/2004Santa Fe, NM

Thank you. Smart Gal. Works great. I have a string by my bracelet now.

Clover291355603714.40310655 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008
On 12/14/2012 Nancy Drew said:

OMG! I just tried this with a bracelet that is very hard to do and it worked like a charm. Now can you figure out how to do an easier way for the tongue and clasp.

The tape method works great for tennis bracelets.

It even works for my fishhook filigree pearl bracelet, which is the trickiest clasp I've ever had to do on my own.

jarnold971355752185.13714 PostsRegistered 3/25/2010

I use an open paperclip - put one end in the bracelet and hold the other end between my thumb and finger while pulling the bracelet around - works like a charm.

mima1355755958.38314528 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS
On 12/14/2012 croemer said:
On 12/14/2012 BGDC said:

you need to take your string and go on shark tank and get Laurie Greiner to buy your idea. Then tell her that we need a jewelry box that is about 3 ft. x 2 ft.and 3 feet high to store our Ripka.

Let's see how much could she charge for her little string? Maybe Umm...$36.94?{#emotions_dlg.glare}Smile

Don't forget to add $7.95 for shipping and handling.

Mima

luvmypupz1355756308.6334991 PostsRegistered 8/30/2010By the Sea Shore

Great idea. I never had any lu

ck with the bracelet buddy either.

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donovan1355760110.533704 PostsRegistered 9/22/2005

String, tape, paperclip. All things I have hanging around, and I have a couple bracelets I don't wear anymore.

Thanks Ladies!

Shopping_Q­ween1355761345.74203 PostsRegistered 12/24/2005Long Island, NY

Since I have no string lying around at the moment, I tried the tape method while my sister prefers the paper clip, and both worked beautifully. We had also jumped on the Bracelet Buddy bandwagon when it first came out, but found it a disappointing flop so back they went.

Many thanks for these very helpful tips, ladies! {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

S_Q

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MoJoV1355761694.4931569 PostsRegistered 10/1/2010

Again, I say : I love this board because of all the smart and kind people here!

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Pugaru1355833514.03252 PostsRegistered 12/4/2007North of Boston, Mass

Why didn't I think of something like that, thank you for the ideas! Will definitely try them all and with arthritis, bracelets will be a lot easier to put on. Pug

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