How to Make Your Ring Smaller

Updated February 21, 2017

A loose ring can be very distracting. If the ring you are concerned about is your wedding ring, you may be in constant fear of it slipping off. Resizing a ring can be done in a few different ways. If you have recently lost weight and do not want to replace sentimental rings or go to a jeweller, choose a temporary fix that will allow you to keep your old rings in place.

Cut a fabric adhesive bandage in half lengthwise. Plastic bandages do not conform well to the shape of a ring.

Place the sticky end of the bandage on the ring and wind it around. Put the bandage where it will rest on the back of your hand. It should not be visible while you are wearing it.

Continue wrapping until you have achieved the desired circumference. Snip off the extra bandage with scissors. This is the cheapest way to make your ring smaller, but also the most temporary.

Purchase a ring guard. These come in a number of different colours, including gold, silver and platinum. These can be found for around £6.

Attach the ring guard to the inside of your ring. You can do this yourself or have a jeweller do it for you.

Adjust the ring guard. Since many ring guards are adjustable, you won't have to replace the guard if your fingers tend to swell. The guard also keeps your ring from spinning on its side if it has a heavy jewel.

Have a jeweller cut the ring for you and resize it if these other methods do not work. While this method is permanent, it will make your ring comfortable and fit perfectly.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric adhesive bandage
  • Ring guard
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Based in Atlanta, Crystal Huskey began writing in 2008 for various nonprofit organizations and news agencies. She now serves as the assistant editor for a hyper-local news site. Huskey is completing her Master of Arts in international relations at American Public University.