Sizing, wearing, and adjusting your cuff bracelet

Choosing the proper cuff size

The first step in choosing the proper cuff size is to measure your wrist. It is easiest to have a friend help but it can be done on your own. It is easiest with a seamstress tape measure (the kind tailors use), but if you don't have one of those, just take a piece of scotch tape (or cut a narrow strip of paper) and wrap it around your wrist around your wrist bone. Make sure the tape is comfortable and in contact with your skin the whole way around. Once it is in place you can make a fist and flex your wrist a few times to make sure it feels right. 

Cut the tape right where the tape first begins to overlap as it covers the outside (the circumference) of your wrist. Pull off the tape and lay it on a flat surface and measure it with a ruler. This measurement is known as your “wrist circumference”. If your wrist circumference falls between two sizes, we recommend sizing up- it is easier and more comfortable to wear a slightly larger cuff  than one that is too small. Besides, you can easily adjust it to be a bit tighter, and some people actually prefer to wear a larger cuff- it's simply a matter of personal preference and style!

Listed below are the wrist circumferences of each size:

(note that the measurements listed below are for your full wrist circumference, the cuff circumference will be smaller because of its slit)


Size

Inches

Cm

S

6

15.2

M

6   1/2

16.5

L

7

17.8

XL

7   5/8

19.4


How to Wear a Cuff

The easiest way we have found to wear your cuff is to first relax your forearm; then, with the cuff in your opposite hand, anchor one end of the cuff into the soft underside of your wrist (a couple inches higher than where you take your pulse) while gently pivoting the other end over the top of your forearm. Then simply slide the cuff down to where your wrist meets your hand. This method allows you to securely wear a cuff which has a tighter opening than the thickness of your wrist and is way more pleasant than forcing both ends across your skin...ouch!

How to Tighten or Loosen a Cuff

Keep in mind that these cuffs can be slightly opened or closed to adjust the fit. You can do so by using your hands to alter it- don’t worry, it won’t break easily! However, be sure to bend the cuff only near the middle and not the ends as too much movement on the ends can cause the wires to start to separate.
If during the course of adjusting your cuff fit you create a few rough spots on the ends, just smooth the ends off with some 400 or 600 grit sandpaper- you may find that a little participation with your possessions gives them more meaning :)

What if none of the standard sizes fits my wrist?

If your wrist circumference falls in between two sizes, we recommend that you go up a size as you can always adjust the cuff bracelet to have a tighter fit around your wrist. However, if you fall into the category of a very small percentage of people whose wrist sizes are either much smaller than our small size or larger than our large size (welcome to this very special club!), please contact us at contact@helixcuffs.com and request a custom size. And keep in mind that you are perfect just the way you are! ;)