I’m a novice silversmith and want to make my wife a silver watch
band. How long should each piece be?

Thank you,
Jed

``````I'm a novice silversmith and want to make my wife a silver watch
band. How long should each piece be?
``````

Well my first answer is, “That depends.” That depends on the design.
Are you creating a bracelet to hold the watch? Or are you going with
the premade silver watch band parts and solder on bezel settings or
decorations? These parts are sold at suppliers who specialize in the
Native American silver trade. Such suppliers are Indian Jewelers
Supply, Thunderbird, etc…

The second response is a question, “Is it how long it takes me or how
long should it take you?” How long it takes me is a matter of how
complex the piece is. 1/2 to 4 hours is my ballpark. Since it is for
your wife is how long it takes you really important? It’s labor of
love and it takes as long as it takes…

Rick Copeland
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan
Rocky Mountain Wonders
rockymountainwonders.com

``````I'm a novice silversmith and want to make my wife a silver watch
band. How long should each piece be?
``````

I read it as how long as in what length should each piece be - not
how long should it take to make.

But like you say Rick, it depends entirely on what the design is.
This is a project I am thinking of doing myself.

To the chap who asked the question in the first place: Do you want to
know how long each half of the watch band should be? In which case,
the average length for a women’s normal bracelet is about 7.5-8" but
they are generally a looser fit than a watch. My own watch band
opened out (including watch) is 7", so if you are making the band to
attach to a watch you already have then I would simply say subtract
the width of the watch from 7" and divide the remainder by 2. Then if
that’s made up of component parts, divide by the number of parts to
find how big to make them, or divide by the designed length of each
part to find how many you need, depending on how you’ve designed it.
Don’t forget to factor in the length of whatever catch you are using.

You’ll probably get lots of more comprehensive answers from people
who have actually done it before. Let us know how you get on.

Helen
UK

Oh Boy! Imagine my embarrassment. When I first read this I thought
in how much time it would take.

The correct answer is most women’s wrists are between 4 to 6 inches
with about 20% in the less than 4 inch and greater than 6 inch. So
measure your wife’s wrist and divide that by the number of pieces
that make up the watch band.

Rick Copeland
rockymountainwonders.com

``````The correct answer is most women's wrists are between 4 to 6
inches with about 20% in the less than 4 inch and greater than 6
inch. So measure your wife's wrist and divide that by the number of
pieces that make up the watch band.
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Four to six? Beg your pardon, mine are nearly eight. Jed, my advice
is to make sure you know how long your wife’s watch band needs to
be.