Reasons Why Your Favourite Elastic Stretch Bracelets Break

1. You Are Not Putting It on Properly

Yes, there are rules in putting on jewels that no one ever tells us.
Whatever you do, do not pull on one end of the bracelet to form a triangle and stretch it over your hand. It stresses the elastic and eventually, it will snap. To keep your bracelet in good shape, roll the beads over your wrist, stretching the elastic as little as possible.

2. Your are Wearing Your Stretch Bracelet All the Time
I know, I know, you love it and you hate the idea of seeing your hands bare without them, but if you never take off your stretchy bracelet, it will be constantly exposed to chemicals that will quicken the wear and tear of the elastic over time. The shampoo and soaps in the shower, hair sprays, perfume, body lotions, and sunscreen- all those will certainly damage your bracelet. They all do their part to help breakdown and weaken the elastic over time, eventually causing it to snap. Take elastic bracelets off before applying lotions or sprays. Ideally, you shouldn't wear them in the pool or the beach either. Ideally...

3. Your Elastic Bracelet is made with Crimp Beads
There’s not much you can do here except to be aware and consider this when looking at those pretty bracelets at your next craft fair. You can consciously look at how bracelets are made and decide from there. The choice is entirely yours. If you are buying a very expensive stretch bracelet, however, and you notice a flattened crimp bead or crimp cover, you may want to pass and buy a different one.
Crimp beads are made of metal, and eventually, the metal will wear away at the elastic and cause it to thin and break.

4. The Elastic Was Not Pre-Stretched
Before making stretch bracelets, the elastic should be given a good tug to stretch it out a little. It's pretty obvious when this hasn’t been done when the beads may be a little loose or the bracelet stretches a bit the first time you pull on it.
When the elastic is pre-stretched, it will snap back to the same size without losing any of its elasticity. The beads should be slightly tight against each other which keeps slight tension on the elastic.

5. The Knot is Visible Instead of Being Concealed Inside a Bead
It isn’t always possible to hide the knot inside a bead, but if you see no sign of how the bracelet was tied, that is a very good indication that your elastic bracelet will last a little longer.
It usually means the knot has been glued, and the glued knot secured inside a bead. This will protect the knot from the type of chemical breakdown described in point 2 above. Also, the glue can sometimes harden the elastic and keeping it securely inside a bead will lessen the stress that it is exposed to, making it less likely to break.

6. Your Elastic Bracelet Gets Caught on Something
Well, this happens doesn’t it?
The only suggestion to limit the occurrence of this unfortunate disaster and having your beads flung across the floor and under cupboards, is to wear your bracelets on your non-dominant hand. For righties, wear them on the left and lefties, wear them on the right. You are much less likely to get your wrist caught on something with the hand that you use to do less things.

7. Your Elastic Bracelet is Made with Floss Elastic
All Jewellery designers have their favourite types of elastic cord and other materials they prefer to work with, and it’s not uncommon to see commercially made bracelets with floss elastic – especially since it is easier and quicker to use.
This type of thread will eventually fray, and the bracelet will come apart. It doesn’t mean you should avoid these bracelets or this material entirely, just make sure you are aware when the bracelet uses floss and look for signs of wear and tear.

Many people avoid elastic bracelets because they can't handle the break-up, but there's no reason to avoid them entirely if you know what to look for when you buy them, and know how to monitor them for wear tear.

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