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How to Resize your Ring to Make it Smaller at Home – Easy and Reversible!

Through mismeasurement and a tiny bit of miscommunication, I have a beautiful, handmade just for me engagement ring that is half a size too big. Oh, and because Papi Chulo ordered the wedding bands at the same time to make sure they match, that ring is (presumably) too big, too (post-wedding edit: yep, it’s too large, too!). All three of our rings have a unique textured exterior and engraved writing hidden inside, which made me hesitant try traditional resizing methods. Besides, who wants to hand over a brand new ring for resizing?

After exploring my at home-type resizing options, watching videos showing you how to cut your ring and bend it (uhhh, no!), and reading a litany of reviews, I gave up and bought some of those clear plastic “ring snuggies,” tried them, and hated them because the way they stick out on the palm side of the ring was uncomfortable and unattractive. After a little thinking and experimenting, I finally realized that I could reversibly resize my ring in a way that didn’t show using clear-drying, food grade silicone adhesive. It sounds strange, I know, but it works and I’m here to show you how in this tutorial! An entire tube of silicone costs less than any other “temporary” ring resizing option I’ve seen, it actually works, and it doesn’t damage your ring.
How to Resize your Rings at Home Materials for resizing your ring

  • A food grade silicone sealant (clear or white).  Try something like the food grade safe option shown below, or just search Amazon for food or “aquarium” grade silicones. These silicones should be almost 100% pure silicone with an agent that evaporates during the curing process.

  • A coffee stir stick, small popsicle stick, or another relatively small, flat applicator
  • A paper towel
  • Your ring

I highly recommend using using a food safe pure silicone adhesive. Food grade silicone sometimes comes in colors (white, red, etc.), so make sure you get clear if you want it to, well, dry clear! Because metal is nonporous, the silicone is ultimately removable. After it dries, you can peel it away with your fingernail. If you want to know exactly how the silicone behaves on metal and how “difficult” it is to remove, I suggest you experiment on the back of a spoon or inside a random ring for you own peace of mind. Additionally, allowing the silicone to cure fully is crucial. If you start wearing the ring when the outside is dry but the silicone still looks foggy, it will probably come loose in just a few days. Allowing it to cure until it’s fully clear (which can be overnight or longer) creates a layer that can stay in place for weeks. Most food safe sealants need to cure 24-48 hours before they become non-leaching, so that is something to keep in mind, too.

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How to resize your ring 

1. If needed, clean your ring and dry it throughly.

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2. Using your applicator (coffee stir stick), daube a small amount of the silicone adhesive inside your ring. Generally you want the inside portion furtherest away from the stone to have the thickest silicone application. Apply a small, tapering amount of silicone up the ring’s sides. Because the silicone is clear, it is difficult to see. You can tell the texture is there if you look at the photo closely, though!

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3. Smooth the silicone adhesive as much as possible using your applicator or a finger.

4. Clean any excess adhesive from the outer portion of the ring using a paper towel, wetting it slightly with water if needed.

5. Allow the silicone to cure (check your package for curing times!), try your ring on, and reapply additional layers of silicone, as needed. It may shrink slightly as it cures.

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6. Try to refrain from wearing your ring (or wear it as little as possible) for 24 hours to allow the silicone to cure. The tube says it takes 24 hours to cure fully, but I’ve worn my ring in as little as 4 hours without visibly damaging the silicone, having it stick to my finger, etc. High humidity does typically accelerate the process, so that could be why!

7. In order to remove the silicone, loosen it with your fingernails and simply peel it away! It is easy to remove and doesn’t leave a residue behind.

 

The silicone is very durable – it doesn’t come off when you wash your hands or remove your ring (a common complaint about commercially-available ring resizing solutions). With time, it will get sort of grubby looking and will eventually loosen at the ends, but it’s easy to peel off and apply anew! I need to remove the silicone and re-coat my ring about every month or so, which isn’t too bad. As I mentioned above, it only lasts this long if you let the adhesive cure fully before wearing the ring. Wearing it too soon loosens the seal and results in a layer that peels off within days. Trust me, I understand how difficult it can be to keep that ring off your finger (especially if it’s new!) for the time required, but it’s worth it.

This technique is an easy way to resize a ring for everyday wear or to eliminate ring spin on a special piece of jewelry for a party or event. No matter what you use it on, I hope you can put this method of DIY ring resizing to good use and please let me know if you have questions!

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If you have a too big ring, how did you make it wearable for your special day?

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  • Kim January 30, 2014, 14:34

    I would never have thought about resizing my rings using indoor adhesive.
    Great tip. thanks for sharing.
    Kim
    http://www.thisolemom.com

    • Natashalh January 30, 2014, 16:12

      I came up with the idea after realizing that’s basically all some ‘resizing solutions’ were, only for half an ounce and a greater cost!

  • Splendid Little Stars January 30, 2014, 17:36

    how very clever!
    pretty ring!

    • Natashalh January 30, 2014, 21:11

      Thank you! I like the ring quite a bit and I’m much happier now that I’m not worried it will slip off. =)

  • Rose January 30, 2014, 17:47

    Wow, how fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

    • Natashalh January 30, 2014, 21:12

      Thank you! I love how it’s clear so I can still see the inscription when I take the ring off.

  • duni January 30, 2014, 21:37

    I’m glad you found a solution, Natasha!
    I like the fact that it’s clear when dry and that you can peel it off.
    Your ring is very special 🙂

    • Natashalh January 31, 2014, 08:03

      Thank you – I’m pretty fond of my ring and am happy I found a solution I like.

      • Dana McDaniel February 10, 2017, 05:44

        Natasha thank you for this ingenious idea. I can’t wait to try this on my mother’s ring, which I inherited after she passed. It is a unique blue topaz my father had made for her and I haven’t wanted to ruin any part of it. Thanks again!

        • Natashalh February 10, 2017, 07:33

          That sounds so lovely! I hope you get to wear it soon. =)

  • duni January 30, 2014, 21:37

    forgot to mention: your new profile pic is adorable!

    • Natashalh January 31, 2014, 08:03

      Thank you! We were being goofy, but it seems to work for us. =)

  • Aleshea Dominique January 31, 2014, 05:34

    Hmm, one of those blow your mind DIY. Thanks for sharin’

  • Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise January 31, 2014, 07:38

    Very clever and easy to do! Love your ring — I have a non-traditional ring too and think it’s great to wear one that is truly your own style 🙂

    • Natashalh January 31, 2014, 07:57

      He keeps asking if I really do like it. I think his coworkers find it a bit odd because they love bragging about how much they spent on a huge diamond, but I love the ring and think it’s perfect.

      • Dana McDaniel February 10, 2017, 05:41

        I find it amusing that some people feel the need to spend thousands of dollars on an engagement ring. To me uniqueness is the way to go. My husband had a friend cut and design my stone which was an Alexanderite. A diamond was never in our options.

        • Natashalh February 10, 2017, 07:32

          I’m right there with you! I’m so glad we didn’t cave to the pressure to buy an expensive right and got something handmade and unique, instead. =) So glad I’m not alone in that!

  • Edi January 31, 2014, 13:29

    How creative! I hate traditional ring sizers too…this is such a great idea!

    • Natashalh February 1, 2014, 05:58

      So many of them are so unsightly! Have you seen the ones where you basically wrap your finger in clear tape and it sticks out on either side of the ring? No thanks!

  • Paige @ Little Nostalgia February 3, 2014, 04:14

    That’s brilliant! I hate the plastic ring-sizers, too. I’m glad you found something that worked!

  • Bethany the ngnrdgrl February 3, 2014, 04:35

    I am totally going to try this! I bought the plastic ring snuggie and totally hate them. It drives me nuts how it sticks out and how ugly it is. These winter months have made it so I absolutely need it to keep my ring from falling off. Sometimes though, the snuggie just feels too tight. I like that you can adjust the size of your ring with this method to be a more perfect fit depending on the time of the year. Thanks for the share! Pinning it!

    • Natashalh February 3, 2014, 06:47

      My ring is always even looser when my hands are cold, too. It’s harder to take some off without removing the whole strip, but it’s easy to add an extra layer on to sort of build it up in cooler temperatures. Thanks so much for pinning and I hope you enjoy resizing your ring without that awful snuggie thing!

  • C. June 7, 2014, 12:01

    I just got engaged and my ring is about half a size too big. The store my fiance got it from will resize for free, but they have to send it away to their jeweler and it takes two weeks! I can’t imagine going two weeks without my ring so soon in our engagement. Also, if I take it anywhere else to be resized, the warranty on the ring becomes null, so that’s not an option. In your post above, you say that this method doesn’t damage the ring at all or leave any residue, and I just wanted to confirm that! Once I’ve been able to show off my ring for a while, I’m going to take it in to get professionally resized, but don’t want them to know I have used an adhesive on it in the meantime. It is a white gold ring. Please help! Thanks!!

    • Natashalh June 7, 2014, 21:15

      Absolutely! I am still happily using the silicone adhesive in my ring. I can’t speak for other brands, but I love the Lotite Stick n Seal. I’d test it first on another metal object (I tested it on a spoon first) for your peace of mind. I totally understand not wanting to ship your ring off for resizing – that is exactly how I felt, too.

  • Lauren June 16, 2014, 07:56

    My ring has a VERY small band when it gets to the bottom. Its a twist design and goes into the stone at top. Therefore, the art with the stone is the part with the most room for adhesive. Would it look bad to put it at the top on the inside of the ring? Also, will it damage the stone?

    • Natashalh June 17, 2014, 11:45

      I think I’m doing a poor job of visualizing what you mean, but as long as the adhesive is concealed, I don’t foresee a problem. I’d recommend testing some of it first on a different object for your own peace of mind, but I’ve never had the pictured adhesive damage a non-porous surface (like a stone). I can’t speak for other brands, though!

  • Josie July 20, 2014, 07:22

    I have a ring that is at least one ring size too large and I loved this method. However within a day the edges begun to peel because I spin my ring and constantly play with it. Knowing I needed something durable I did a layer of loctite then super glue- still clear but it dried hard so it could withstand my normal daily use. So far its been great for me. Probably won’t be able to peel off later but I’m using on a cheap ring so I don’t mind.

    • Natashalh July 21, 2014, 14:55

      Yes, it will peel you play with it. Mine usually lasts a couple weeks without trouble, but I like your idea! I’m not going to use it on my engagement/wedding ring, but it would work fantastically for something else. As a note, you can actually get super glue debonder, if you need to get that off. A company called Bob Smith Industries makes a pretty good one that’s available at most hobby stores.

  • Virginia July 26, 2014, 20:21

    This is great! Thank you so much. I got engaged and married earlier this year and I love my rings but they are about a 1/4 size too big and I’m so paranoid about losing them! It’s also a massive help because our rings were designed by the same artist from Etsy so I know it’ll work! She has absolutely incredible work and my ring is similar with a light green stone and engraving. Thanks again, can’t wait to give this a try.

    • Natashalh July 27, 2014, 17:14

      So cool! I love my rings and I hope this solution helps you out. =)

  • Liz August 23, 2014, 03:58

    Tried this on my little teeny skinny engagement ring band and it worked GREAT GREAT GREAT

    Thank you so much 🙂

    • Natashalh August 23, 2014, 18:36

      Awesome!! I’m so happy it worked for you. One thing I have noticed is that it lasts longer if you wait for the silicone to completely cure before wearing it. If it’s dry on the outside but still a little foggy looking inside, it will come off way more quickly than if you can stand to not wear it for most of a day and let it fully set.

  • Tina October 2, 2014, 08:36

    What metal is your ring?

    • Natashalh October 2, 2014, 09:26

      They’re silver.

      • Tina October 3, 2014, 05:06

        I have silver and white gold I want to try. Anyone out there try white gold?

        • Natashalh October 3, 2014, 07:03

          The adhesive works the same way on every metal I’ve tried, though I’ve never used it on white gold. I have tried it on several others, though. Hopefully someone else sees your question and can help!

          • Tina October 3, 2014, 08:23

            Thanks!!

  • Megan Bryant October 19, 2014, 12:58

    I used duct tape. It sounds very corny, but it really isnt. At most Walmart locations, you can get different printed duct tape patterns (my fiance liked the pink camouflaged print.) Take a small, maybe half an inch strip by however long you think it will take to wrap around the full ring like a coil, and cover the whole ring band. If done correctly, you will still see the pretty rock, covering only the band, and it should fit after enough layering of tape. My engagement ring was two sizes too big.

    • Natashalh October 19, 2014, 13:29

      Nifty! I tried wrapping mine, but I just couldn’t get used to the extra bulk on the back. I’m glad that worked for you! There sure are a lot of cool Duck Tape patterns out there today.

  • Judy October 21, 2014, 05:23

    Please send me your emails.

    • Natashalh October 21, 2014, 10:14

      I don’t send out emails, but there are several different ways to follow my blog, including on Bloglovin’. You can sign up for a Bloglovin’ email with new posts from all the blogs you follow, so that might be helpful. =)

  • Woody Carter October 30, 2014, 08:14

    I was using medical tape (the white kind) but it got all icky and caused skin irritation. Anyone have this problem with duct tape or the Locktite?

    • Natashalh October 30, 2014, 09:41

      I’d imagine that Duck Tape could leave a residue, but I’ve never had a reaction to the silicone. I hope that’s helpful!

  • Betty November 7, 2014, 19:37

    I wad willing to try anything to avoid using those stupid cozys, and this was something I already had in the house. It works perfectly, and with the ability to apply more if I need it to make the ring snugger (I’m on medications that cause swelling) is amazing. I was so happy to find this on a random search. Thanks bunches!

    • Natashalh November 8, 2014, 06:58

      Awesome! I’m so glad. My hands change size dramatically based on the temperature, so I have to layer up my rings if I’m going somewhere cold.

  • Helene November 18, 2014, 02:56

    Thanks so much for sharing! I was looking for a simple and non-invasive solution to resize a ring I inherited, I have really tiny thin fingers and I just couldn’t bring it over myself to have it butchered by a jeweller, Thanks again! xx

  • sarah November 18, 2014, 04:56

    Do you know if this works on a plastic ring? Does the adhesive come off of plastic too?

    • Natashalh November 18, 2014, 10:10

      I haven’t tested it on plastic, but I’d think getting it to stay would be more difficult than getting it off again! I think it would work well, but you an always test it on a piece of plastic with a similar feel for your peace of mind.

  • King November 22, 2014, 12:13

    Has anyone tried this on platinum? Not sure how silicone will reaction platinum and whether it’ll damage the metal. Thanks!

    • Natashalh November 22, 2014, 13:02

      I don’t own any platinum, so I can’t tell you how they would react. I’m sorry!

  • Daniel December 3, 2014, 08:22

    Do you if this works on titanium rings as I’ve just bought an engagement ring for my boyfriend for Christmas and I think it’s at least a size too big or maybe even half a size too big?

    • Natashalh December 3, 2014, 14:49

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, but I haven’t personally tried it on titanium. I hope that’s helpful!

  • Lynn December 4, 2014, 11:47

    Wow what a fantastic idea! I have really small hands making it impossible to find any rings that will fit me, now i’ll be able to buy myself a couple of nice ones and resize them myself..

    • Natashalh December 4, 2014, 13:15

      My hands change size so much depending on how hot or cold it is. It’s great to be able to modify rings to fit in winter or fall! I hope you enjoy my method. =) Just make sure to let the silicone dry at least overnight and it should stay for weeks and weeks.

  • Elisa December 25, 2014, 06:05

    Tried this out yesterday and it works perfectly! Thank you so much for being so creative and allowing me to show off my ring on Christmas day.

    • Natashalh December 25, 2014, 07:21

      Hooray! I’m so glad it worked for you and you’re able to wear your ring today. =)

  • Jenny December 29, 2014, 14:47

    I can’t wait to try this! I just got engaged on Christmas and it’s just big enough that it spins and that makes me nervous! I will definitely try this!

    • Natashalh December 30, 2014, 05:12

      I hope you enjoy! Just make sure to let it cure as long as possible (up to a full day) to make sure it stays on for a long time. If it isn’t fully cured, it will come off in just a few days. Cured all the way, it will stay for weeks!

  • Jo Bond January 3, 2015, 23:16

    what a godsend. I’ve recently lost lots of weight due to illness and only got married in May ’14. There’s no way I’m not wearing my wedding ring but I couldn’t bear to lose it as, same as yours it was custom made to match my special man. I’m on a mission to get this silicone now. Thankyou thankyou.

    • Natashalh January 4, 2015, 04:00

      I’m glad you found my post, then! I was pretty frustrated with those snuggie things and surprised no one had other ideas. The adhesive works really well for me and last for weeks if I can brings self to let it cure fully (overnight, at minimum!). I hope you enjoy!

      • Susie August 22, 2016, 00:35

        I found an easily removable option too! I bought some thin clear plastic tubing about 1 cm long from a hardwear shop, slit it up the side and put it on the back. It works, and if I want to I can hold two rings together as well!

        • Natashalh August 22, 2016, 07:08

          Awesome! So glad that worked out for you. =) It sounds super convenient!

  • adrean January 10, 2015, 21:42

    I just got a rose gold ring that’s a size 13 I need it to be a size 9 will this work for my ring? It’s a really expensive ring I don’t want to ruin it.

    • Natashalh January 11, 2015, 07:43

      It shouldn’t ruin it, but I don’t know if this method can take off a full 2 sizes. My rings are only a size too big and it works for them, but any more than that and it might start to look funky. Because all finished metals are non-porous, it’s not going to leak into the material somehow and ruin it, though. You should always be able to pull it off again if you want to experiment!

  • missi January 15, 2015, 18:20

    This is such a saver. Just recently married and am having the same issue with my non traditional. Mine is cut to look like tree branches from sides to top as it holds my herkimer but comes together thick enough to apply enough of a layer to make this work at the base. Thank you kindly for sharing!

    • Natashalh January 16, 2015, 06:58

      That sounds like a really cool ring! I’m glad my solution could help and thank you for stopping by. =)

    • Tina Hamaker January 16, 2015, 08:18

      Would love to see a pic of your ring!

  • Alisha February 1, 2015, 16:57

    I noticed someone asked about platinum earlier do you know if it worked or cause any damage?

    • Natashalh February 1, 2015, 17:02

      No one has responded for sure to let me know! It is a metal and nonporous, though, so I’d expect it to behave just the same as every other metal I’ve tried this technique with. Sorry I don’t have any platinum to try it out myself!

  • Elise February 13, 2015, 19:03

    I was all set to buy this off of Amazon but they discontinued that exact Loctite stick’n Seal Indoor Adhesive and changed it to another name that is not non-toxic now. Do you know of any other silicone adhesive that would work?

    • Natashalh February 15, 2015, 07:22

      I thought I approved and replied already, but I don’t see my response!
      I don’t know of any other silicone sealants that I’m sure would work because I haven’t tried any others. I have seen the one I use at Lowes and Home Depot – maybe check there for any leftover stock? I’ll have to keep my eyes out for new options and experiment with them. The main thing is making sure you can get it off again. You can test products on the back of a metal spoon, or something similar, to check for removability.

  • Kevin February 17, 2015, 16:37

    I just got the adhesive in the mail, and am waiting to this on my sterling silver ring. It shouldn’t damage it right? Also, does the adhesive cause any skin irritation from every day wear?

    • Natashalh February 17, 2015, 17:14

      I have a silver ring that I reapply the adhesive to every month or two, depending on what I do (it doesn’t seem to like oils that much!) and I haven’t experienced any damage at all. I’ve also never experienced skin irritation and I wear both my rings every day! I don’t see why it would be any different for you. =)

  • JOE February 24, 2015, 08:08

    I USED THIS SEVERAL TIMES AND WHEN I WASH MY HANDS THE ADHESIVE COMES APART. ANY REASON FOR THIS?

    • Natashalh February 24, 2015, 09:45

      Sorry about your caps lock key being broken!

      The main reasons that the adhesive comes of quickly are that it wasn’t cured long enough (24 hours is best!) or it got oil on it. When fully cured and just using regular soap, I’ve never had a problem with the adhesive coming off after a hand wash. The third reason the adhesive can come off quickly is having an old, partially dried up tube. I’ve noticed that if I apply it from an older tube that’s mostly empty and a little dry, it doesn’t stick well, but when I apply it from a fresher tube, everything is fine. I hope that helps!

  • kirsty April 18, 2015, 14:53

    Whilst this sounds like a good temporary fix (ie you need it smaller for the wedding day but can’t get it resized in time) I wouldn’t even consider doing this as a long term thing. I am a bench jeweller myself so I do have the luxury of resizing my own rings properly but I still would highly recommend finding a trustworthy jeweller to take care of your rings. Even with a cool hammered texture most jewellers can blend this when they resize down for you! I know it can be hard to find good jewellers out there but if you find one that does a good job stick with them. Especially if it is something you wear all the time like a wedding band, don’t be scared to get a respected jeweller look after it – just do some research into your local professionals 🙂

    • Natashalh April 19, 2015, 04:02

      I agree that getting a ring resized is a way better long-term solution, but it’s pretty difficult to hand over a brand new ring for resizing when you just got it and want to show it off!

  • Laura April 21, 2015, 12:23

    Wow, thank you so much for this! I’ve had my engagement ring re-sized twice already and it still moves on my finger back and forth and up and down, but the jeweller said they can’t take it down another half size or it won’t fit over my knuckle. It drives me totally crazy and I often just take my ring off and set it on my desk. I hate not wearing my ring AND I don’t want to lose it, but with adding just a thin layer of the Loctite it has completely stopped sliding around and is still easy to get over my knuckle. Seriously, this is amazing, thank you very, very much for sharing!! <3

    • Natashalh April 21, 2015, 15:02

      Woohoo! That is awesome. I’m so glad! Thank you for letting me know it worked for you. =)

  • Annie May 16, 2015, 05:28

    Thanks for the incredible DIY. I purchased a ring and I guess I didn’t realize how much weight I had lost as it’s two sizes too big! Will give this a try on a titanium ring! Thanks again.

    • Natashalh May 16, 2015, 06:08

      Two sizes is a little bit much, but hopefully this can help you out until you’re able to get it resized for real. Congrats on the weight loss! This is a good problem to have, right?

  • Briony June 11, 2015, 04:42

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!! My engagement ring is a size and a half too big and can’t be resized because the side stones would pop out (I have seriously skinny fingers, no idea why as it’s the only part of me that is ha!) and it’s rhodium plated copper so the finish would be ruined. My fiancé wanted to get me a new one but I love mine so so much I looked for other resizing options. I used a ring snuggie for a few months but now it’s getting hotter it was starting to annoy me and dig in to my palm whenever I was doing crochet or anything where I bent my fingers a lot. I found your solution and it’s AMAZING. I used transparent silicone and it works perfectly. Being silicone it’s ‘cushiony’ so really comfortable and even though the layer is a good 3mm thick it’s not noticeable at all unless you look really closely – unlike the ring snuggie!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Natashalh June 11, 2015, 05:53

      Awesome!! I’m so glad it worked out for your! I hate those tube snuggles and I agree that the cushion-y silicone is nice. =) Thank you so much for letting me know how my solution worked for you!

  • clt978 June 11, 2015, 13:22

    I think this may be exactly what I need.
    It seems like it won’t harm my rhodium plated sterling silver rings.
    I’m going to also try to re-size 2 slim stackable rings – I wonder if it will help them stick together? If not at least they wont be sliding around on my finger
    Thank you so much for posting and sharing this … I’ll post again after I try it out

    • Natashalh June 11, 2015, 15:32

      I probably wouldn’t actually glue the two rings together, but when coated individually it certainly would help keep them from sliding around on you! I hope your project goes well. =)

  • Jal June 30, 2015, 19:38

    What is the exact brand of the glue you use? The one you posted in the article or the loctite stik n seal? Will it leave a residue on my 14k gold ring?

    • Natashalh July 1, 2015, 12:56

      I have now started using the clear silicone that I linked because it is pure silicone and safer for long term skin contact. Because metal is non-porous, I would not expect it to leave any residue on any smooth metal surface. It is difficult to pry loose and remove for the first few days, but with wear it becomes more loose and easier to remove. One of my rings has been going strong with the new adhesive for over a month, but I wore the other one too soon after applying the silicone and it came loose a few days ago. If you want to see how it works, apply some to the back of a spoon, let it sit for a day, and see what it looks like! I know it’s not the same metal, but it should help give you piece of mind.

  • Sandy July 8, 2015, 12:21

    Amazing tip! Would this be safe to use on rings made from sterling silver?

  • Tracy July 10, 2015, 04:52

    This is perfect! I read that everyone’s hands shrink in the winter, so this is a great tip, even if you only use it part of the year.

    I don’t mind that my ring is slightly too big, as it’ll be easier to continue to wear if we have a baby (ah, the swelling), but the spinning is annoying – when I want to gaze upon the lovely sparkliness, it should be right where I want it! 😀

    Thanks!

    • Natashalh July 13, 2015, 05:32

      Oh, yes, my hands get so much smaller when I’m cold! And I had thought about how not actually taking put the metal will make things easier when we decide to have kids. Thanks so much for stopping by and I’m glad you find my solution helpful!

  • Becky July 19, 2015, 05:39

    Great suggestion !!! I keep buying a lot of nicer quality “baubles” lately and they come in usually 5’s to start yet I’m a 4. So this really might work!! The rings I’m referring to mostly are 925 sterling with rhodium plating, but I also have some gold rings for which this might work too.
    I have been eyeing a beautiful replica of Bella’s ring to wear on my right hand and it is available in a 4 but the size of the oval is smaller proportionately and I like bling. 😉
    That being said, your rings are very elegant and Classic. 🙂 thanks again. !!!

    • Natashalh July 19, 2015, 14:13

      I didn’t realize it can be difficult to get rings below a size 5 (since I’m a 5 1/2 myself). I glad you found my solution and I hope it works well for you so you can enjoy your bling! =)

  • Alyson August 20, 2015, 01:39

    I can’t believe my luck today. This wasn’t one of the first few results of my search query, but it was the first one I read! And it sounds like you have the perfect solution! I just made a midi ring- knuckle ring (I don’t know the difference!) from a silver dime that’s a little big. More important, my Mom left me many great rings and my favorite, a fabulous 5 diamond platinum ring is too big for the only finger it goes on! It spins constantly and I had to make a ring to wear with it to keep it from falling off! Mom lost it twice that way! I would die if I ever lost it and I probably wouldn’t find it. So, Natashalh, you are my HeroHero – you saved my rings and saved my life!! 😀 I’m doing this today! Thank u! Thank u! Thank u!

    • Natashalh August 20, 2015, 05:59

      That is so exciting! I’m glad you found my tutorial and that it can help you out. =) It’s really cool that you made a dime ring. I’ve thought about making coin rings and just have never found the time to try! Anyway, thanks and I’m excited for you – your comment made my morning.

  • Shari August 26, 2015, 05:47

    My mom is 92 and loves jewelry. Most of her rings have gotten too big. I’m going to do this for all of her rings. She will be absolutely thrilled if it makes them stop spinning on her fingers.
    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I would never have thought of this idea!

    • Natashalh August 26, 2015, 07:05

      Thank you for letting me know how you plan to put my tutorial to use! Comments like yours really make blogging worthwhile. =) I have this great mental image of a “little old lady” showing off her fabulous jewelry. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your mom is enjoying her rings again soon!

  • Karina September 4, 2015, 12:16

    Thank you so much for posting this!! I really needed a solucion to my wedding ring being too big!

    • Natashalh September 5, 2015, 05:29

      You’re welcome! =) I hope this solution words well for you and you get your ring fitting again in no time. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Angel Lovelorn September 5, 2015, 04:47

    I was as horrified as were you at the idea of always having to have a little bit of clear ok plastic on the palm side of my ring, but after 23 years with my beloved my wedding ring has been through the good and bad times. I’ve had to replace the original but I still have sentimental attachment to the ring I’ve worn for years. With rather sudden and unexpected weight loss due to ill health my wedding ring has started to slip almost CONSTANTLY from my finger. It’s between one and one and a half sizes too big but as it is a medium thick curved gold band, I should be able to coat all the way around the inside JUST enough to wear it without any more difficulties. Thank you SO much for sharing this idea. I was DEVASTATED by the idea of having to replace it AGAIN. It just wouldn’t have been the same. I hope you are very happy in your married life. Warmest thoughts. xx

    • Natashalh September 5, 2015, 05:28

      I’m so happy you’ve found a solution! Obviously I haven’t had my rings as long as you have, but I totally understand not wanting to replace them, even if they’re too big. I also know what you mean about not wanting those ugly (and, I think, pretty uncomfortable) plastic things. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting – positive comments like yours really make my day!

  • sue October 3, 2015, 04:11

    Can you use clear outdoor sealer which is waterproof?

    • Natashalh October 4, 2015, 07:32

      While you certainly *could* use a different sealer, the question is whether or not you feel comfortable having the sealer in contact with your skin. A lot of them contain wacky chemicals that may not be safe for long term skin contact, which is why I use food grade clear silicone (which is also waterproof – that’s how it’s used to seal corners on fish tanks, for example).

  • Chip November 21, 2015, 15:43

    I recently lost around 100 pounds so my wedding bands have been falling off! I took your basic advice, but instead of silicone I used a polyurethane adhesive. (Shoe Goo, Plumbers Goop, Marine Goop, lots of other brand names) which is totally inert once it sets in about an hour. It is quite a bit more durable than silicone, and it adheres better to the metal, yet you can still peel it off. The current layer has been on for 4-5 weeks and shows no sign of coming loose. On my other hand I resized a ring using Bondic (A UV setting plastic welder) which also shows no signs of wear or coming off.

    • Natashalh November 22, 2015, 11:59

      Very cool! I’m glad a modified version of my method has worked for you and congrats on the weight loss. =)

      • Chip November 22, 2015, 14:49

        Thank you so very much! You kept me from wearing and buying more of those plastic Ring Snuggies

  • Natalie December 28, 2015, 04:52

    I know this is an old post, and you probably don’t still check comments, but I just wanted to say that it’s amazingly refreshing to find a blog post with actual helpful, new, thoughtful advice. Most are just rehashed information that the blogger is rephrasing from other blogs. I usually find the same info over and over, so I truly appreciate this post. Thank you!

    • Natashalh December 28, 2015, 07:32

      Thank you! I totally do still check comments on all my posts and I appreciate yours. =)

  • Tony January 1, 2016, 18:12

    This solution is the best I’ve seen yet and way ea$ier than having to resize a ring. I was looking at several options such as a dip and the ring snuggies. Thanks!

    • Natashalh January 2, 2016, 09:03

      Thank you! So glad you found my solution helpful. =)

  • Mark February 4, 2016, 13:22

    Thanks for this excellent tip! My army ring fell off four months ago, and I just found it at the bottom of a plastic bag (it fell off just before bedtime, when I was so groggy I couldn’t remember the last thing I did … all I knew was suddenly my finger felt naked, I never heard it hit the floor, and the next day I retraced my steps at work and the grocery store and … and … and …). ANYWAY … I’ve been puzzling over how to avoid it slipping off again during cold weather … so I’m going to give this a try! Thanks!

    • Natashalh February 4, 2016, 16:51

      I’m happy you found your ring and hope my tutorial helps! Thanks for stopping by. =)

  • Laura February 15, 2016, 03:38

    I am beyond happy I found this article! I just had my engagement ring sent out for 2 weeks to have it resized & it’s still too big. If my hands are wet or too cold it’ll come right off. I hate the idea of sending it out yet again & then it possibly being too small. (I only need a 1/4 size taken out) Also I’m concerned it wouldn’t fit during a pregnancy. So I’m definitely going to try your technique first rather than sending it out again. Thanks so much!

    • Natashalh February 15, 2016, 08:31

      Yes, this is a great choice for when rings don’t fit when cold but do when it’s warm out! I hope it helps and I’m glad you found it. =)

      • Laura February 18, 2016, 07:42

        Well, it worked great at first. I let the silicone (DAP brand aquarium-safe clear silicone) cure for the entire 24 hours without wearing the ring. It lasted half a day; took the ring off twice, to do dishes & shower. The next time I put it on, the silicone came right off. My ring is white gold with a very thin, smooth band. I’m assuming it just doesn’t have enough surface to grip properly. Or maybe it doesn’t work as well on white gold. Yours must last so long due to the rough surface of your ring. Either way, I’m so glad you’ve shared this idea. Thank you!

        • Natashalh February 18, 2016, 11:57

          I’m sorry the method didn’t work as well for you! I can see how a smaller, smoother surface would make it not stick as well. I have noticed that oils/lotions/sunscreen can make the adhesive come off, so applying lotion because it’s winter could also be helping the silicone come off. Anyway, sorry again it didn’t work as well for you and thanks for stopping by!

  • Anil February 18, 2016, 13:13

    I lost my wedding ring a few weeks ago while shoveling snow – my fingers contracted with the cold and it slipped off my finger. After several days of searching everywhere, praying to Jesus and wondering how much 8 grams of 22 carat gold ring will cost to replace, I found it again – thank God!
    I read your helpful article and am purchasing the tube of silicone by clicking on your link – hope you get your 2 cents from it.

    • Natashalh February 18, 2016, 20:17

      What a super scary situation! Goodness. So glad you found it and I really hope my solution helps you!!

  • shanice April 6, 2016, 23:13

    Awesome idea! I’d love to know the brand you used to accomplish these results, thanks in advance

    • Natashalh April 7, 2016, 07:14

      Good morning! I think the brand is ASI for the food grade clear silicone. The product linked on Amazon is exactly what I use. =)

  • Jo May 24, 2016, 20:21

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for your great tip. I too have tried those ring snuggles, and like you, I hated them. Your idea is great and finally I can wear my rings again. Many thanks for taking the time to share.

    • Natashalh May 25, 2016, 06:43

      Awesome! Thank you – I’m happy you’re happy and thanks for letting me know!

  • Leanna May 28, 2016, 10:35

    Hi! I love this tip as I just had my ring out for repairs that took almost 6 weeks and a few months later it’s too big (ah, the downsides of losing weight) so I’m not real anxious to have it off my finger again quite yet. Anyway, I was curious – when you are drying, how do you store your ring? I put a layer on about 20 minutes ago, let dry while holding for 2 or so minutes, put ring upright (as it would be on finger), came back 10 minutes later and all the silicone had dripped off completely. I just tried again, and have been holding the ring for 10 minutes moving it around so the silicone doesn’t slide off. I am finding I can’t even set it down on the counter. Am I doing something wrong? I used the brand you linked. How do you set yours to cure? I really love this idea! Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Natashalh May 29, 2016, 10:21

      Weird. I actually just let the ring sit there flat on the counter and I’ve never seen the silicone drip! Sometimes a little will bulge over the side a bit, and I just scrape that off with my applicator. Maybe try applying a lighter layer and building up? It could be that applying a whole lot at once is causing that to happen. I really hope that’s helpful and that you’re having a great Memorial Day Weekend!

  • Saja Montague July 1, 2016, 14:11

    Natashalh, I am so excited to try this on my father’s ring. He passed late last year & I love wearing his ring, but it’s just too big & I’m afraid I’m going to fling it off. This seems like such a smart thing to do! Bravo to your ingenuity!
    Saja

    • Natashalh July 3, 2016, 11:17

      I hope this works for you and that you enjoy! I’m sorry to hear of your loss – my dad passed last year, too. I hope wearing his ring brings you comfort and joy.

      • Saja July 3, 2016, 12:10

        It WORKED! Of course. It is comforting & I’m sorry to hear of your loss. It’s a major turning point in life, I believe. I hope you have some way to find comfort and joy.

        Saja

        • Natashalh July 3, 2016, 13:53

          So glad to hear it worked for you! Luckily my husband has been very supportive and understanding.

  • bella July 28, 2016, 15:14

    Great idea, I recently bought a ring that is slightly too big. I am scared it might fall off! Btw, I might try just clear nail polish for now. That solution just came to me as I was reading your post.

    • Natashalh July 28, 2016, 15:46

      I don’t know if clear nail polish has enough bulk to make a ring smaller, but if it’s only a small size difference it might work!

  • Petrina July 29, 2016, 23:18

    Thank you so much for this suggestion, for my 7th anniversary i surprised my husband with his 1980 class ring, it came back a half size too big, i used your suggestion and we are both pleased with the results. Thank you.

    • Natashalh July 30, 2016, 06:52

      That’s so neat! I’m glad it worked out for you and thank you for letting me know. =)

      • Erzsie September 27, 2016, 17:20

        I have a class size ring that is probably 3 sizes too big. I don’t think any of the ring snuggies would even work for such a discrepancy, but I still really want to wear it! I’m glad to see it worked on a class ring, and I’ll be headed out to buy some clear silicon tomorrow!

        Thanks, Natasha!

        • Natashalh September 27, 2016, 18:14

          Hopefully it works for you! Three sizes is a lot, but it should at least help. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by!

          • Erzsie September 28, 2016, 11:55

            OK, I just applied the silicone. It’s not the same brand you advertised, but it’s 100% clear silicone, aquarium safe, from Lowes. It doesn’t look pretty, but I tried it on after an hour of letting it set, and it fits pretty good! No one will really see the inside of the ring anyway, so I’m not too worried about that. Now to wait the remaining 23 hours and see if it still fits or if I have to apply more silicone.

          • Natashalh September 28, 2016, 14:52

            Awesome!! Yeah, mine usually isn’t all that pretty either, but as you say no one will see. SO glad it’s working!

  • Michelle July 31, 2016, 11:17

    Are there any other brands that work just as well as this one? My ring is only maybe a half size too big

    • Natashalh July 31, 2016, 19:45

      I would just look for a food/aquarium safe clear silicone at your local shop and use a light layer. =) I haven’t used other brands, but 100% pure silicone should be 100% pure silicone, right?

  • Cathy August 14, 2016, 13:30

    I’ve been wearing my engagement ring and wedding ring for 51 years today. Actually, not quite that long because in the winter they fell off a couple of times and I have been waiting to find a reliable jeweler to fix them and money to be able to afford him or her. But they’re not just a bit big because of losing weight, they are really thin. I’m wondering if this solution would work if I put the silicon all over. Hey, why don’t I just try it instead of bothering you!

    • Natashalh August 14, 2016, 14:22

      Congratulations on 51 years!

      Coating the whole ring would probably work, just try not to make the outside layer too thick or you may find it awkward and uncomfortable, particularly if the layer extends around to the “sides” of the ring. That’s why I didn’t like those ring snuggie-type products – feeling the plastic tube was driving me nuts! Best of luck and thanks for stopping by. =)

  • Kathryn August 15, 2016, 04:32

    I’m sorry to hear your ring enscription is enraged. I would hope that even after several years of marriage you wouldn’t be.

    Just teasing. Obviously spell check got you.

    Thanks for the tip and instructions. I’m going to try this!

    • Natashalh August 15, 2016, 07:12

      Haha – wow! I can’t believe no one (especially family! They’re usually very enthusiastic about pointing out typos and auto-correct fails!) has spotted that and pointed it out in two and a half years. Thank you!!

  • michelle October 17, 2016, 08:11

    hi, this is such a great solution, unfortunately the ring i’ve been trying to resize is incredibly thin (like, 1mm), so there simply isn’t enough surface area for the silicone to adhere well and within a day or two it inevitably peels off. (and the ring is gold so i’m scared to try anything more aggressive/permanent.)

    that said, i think i just came up with a last-ditch option for desperate folks like me with super slender bands — dental wax. i don’t know how long it will last yet (so far it’s been two days and the only reason i want to swap out the wax is because it’s a little dingy, except for discoloration there’s been no issue with washing my hands, etc.), and it’s slightly more visible than the silicone strip (kinda squishes around to grip the sides of the band, at least it does with mine), but even if i were to have to squeeze a tiny rolled-out bead of wax under the band every day that still sounds better to me than being constantly annoyed by the ring top spinning all the way around all day long. so, yeah, just throwin’ it out there!

    thanks so much for this post though, i’m certainly holding on to my tube of silicone in case i ever have another ring with a wider band that needs this sort of adjustment. in the meantime, dental wax it is!

    • Natashalh October 17, 2016, 08:54

      What a neat solution! I can see how silicone wouldn’t work as well for a very thin band and I’m sure the wax is more comfortable and better looking than those huge bulky re-sizers. Thanks so much for sharing what you’re doing =)

  • patience October 29, 2016, 04:08

    Where do you buy ally your solution am in south africa

    • Natashalh October 29, 2016, 09:26

      Are you referring to the food safe silicone I use? I buy mine on Amazon.com. If that isn’t available for you, try looking at a hardware store. =) I hope that’s helpful!

  • Ellie November 5, 2016, 04:19

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I just got a new ring and I have been obsessed with whether or not to have it resized. My hands definitely shrink in the winter so I didn’t want to rush into anything. This is so perfect. Pinning! XO

    • Natashalh November 5, 2016, 08:15

      Awesome! So glad you found my post helpful and I appreciate the pin. =)

  • Tungsten January 15, 2017, 03:47

    My ring is about 0.5 size too big. Jewellery store sent (and custom made) me a wrong ring at first so I had to wait 2 months to get a right one. The size is so close that I really don’t wan’t to send it back to USA for resizing (or maybe they would make a new one since it’s tungsten ring) and wait another month or so. I have adjusted sunglasses with glue so this trick was the first thing that came to my mind. It was a good thing though that I read your post because I didn’t think about the health aspect at all. Ring is indeed in contact with your skin all the time so you shouldn’t use anything too poisonous to adjust it.

    I didn’t have food grade silicone so I used an other elastic glue anyway. It’s almost the same thing but a bit harder than silicone and might cause an allergic reaction according to the package but I took my chances and nothing has happened (at least yet). I looked some food grade silicones (or actually they were “food industry approved”, I don’t know if it’s the same) and they also had some warnings that they might be irritating to skin. Maybe my glue isn’t that bad compared to food safe sealants after all.

    So I applied the glue and waited until morning. Then I shaped it with a knife to make it smooth and to fit perfectly. You couldn’t see the glue from any direction and the ring was comfortable so I was happy. However, I made some stress tests during the day (yes, I’m an engineer) and finally the whole clump came off after I washed my hands and took the ring off after that. Obviously, this isn’t a permanent solution to resizing a ring and unfit for extreme conditions.

    I concluded that the problem was that I applied the glue to only one side of the ring as you did. Today, I tried again and applied it all around the ring (though more on the bottom and less on the sides and the top). When you think about it, this should result in a stronger adjustement clump because there is more area touching the ring and thus creating more friction. It’s not that comfortable though but it can be shaped very smooth if you have a sharp knife. This time I’ll wait the full 24-48h the glue takes to reach full strenght before I jiggle it or wet it or do anything else stupid.

    It’s winter now and my fingers are cold all the time so I might not need to do this in summer. If I have to, I might have to think something more permanent. I’m stubborn so sending it back for resizing is my last option. I think I could solder a thin copper, bronze or steel stripe inside the ring but probably something would go wrong and I would just destroy it.

    • Natashalh January 15, 2017, 09:07

      I hope your second try works out better for you! I didn’t apply all the way around simply because I didn’t like making my rings stick out a little more in front, but you’re right that it should be stronger! I completely understanding not wanting to send a ring back for resizing – we got engaged three years ago this weekend and I have never sent either of my rings off! Again, best of luck and thanks for stopping by. =)

  • Barbara January 17, 2017, 11:58

    If the ring isn’t very much too large, it can actually be made to fit securely by gently bending the inside part of the ring toward the center of the ring (part that lies beside the palm of your hand). Though that widens the sides a little, (can only be done with ring that is SLIGHTLY too large), the ring will hug the finger and remain in place without spinning on your finger. When I was younger, I wore a ring like that for years and forgot that it wasn’t eactly round.

    • Natashalh January 17, 2017, 13:01

      That is true, though I recommend being very, very careful if you do that! Bending metal makes it more fragile, and rings tend to become more flat as they’re worn a lot. That means you’d probably need to bend the ring “out” periodically as it flattened from natural wear, which can stress the metal in the long run.

  • Haley January 27, 2017, 05:21

    Hi there! I was wondering, have you tried cleaning your ring with the silicone on? I would love to use this technique but I was worried about cleaning. I have a “drop-in” cleaner that is awesome, but I am worried it might disintegrate the silicone – would that mess up the cleaner? Would love to know your thoughts!

    • Natashalh January 27, 2017, 06:50

      Hi! Sorry, no, I never use cleaners on my rings so I can’t answer you definitively. However, as long as the silicone is fully cured, I would guess the worst result would be the silicone detaching. I doubt that a food grade silicone would dissolve into a mess because it’s the same thing used to seal aquariums and people clean aquariums!

  • Jean February 1, 2017, 05:08

    Thank you for the great idea! I inherited several rings from my mother that are two sizes too big. I never wore them and didn’t get around to trying the various other options. Tried your idea and they feel very comfortable–didn’t think it was possible since they were so large. I must confess, I used clear acrylic latex/silicone caulk from Home Depot or Lowe’s since I always have some around. As a homeowner, it seems there is often something that needs to be caulked. I don’t know how long it will last, but I only wear the rings on special occasions, so the durability isn’t important to me.

    • Natashalh February 1, 2017, 06:52

      Yay! So glad it worked for you, even on very large rings. I’m sure it will be fun to wear your family rings on special occasions!

  • Irish Villanueva February 6, 2017, 02:27

    Can this work as well on a pure gold ring?

    • Natashalh February 6, 2017, 07:48

      I see absolutely no reason why it wouldn’t work. =)

  • Ann February 16, 2017, 09:00

    I bought an aquarium safe clear pure silicone from Lowe’s to do this because I thought it was a brilliant idea however, after letting it set for over 24 hours I put the ring on and within a day the silicone came loose…any suggestions???Please help!

    • Natashalh February 16, 2017, 09:02

      Did you clean the ring first? Try giving it a wipe down with rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth, then allow any alcohol residue to dry before applying the silicone. If there is any dirt or oil on the ring that can make the silicone not stick. Hope that’s helpful!

  • Paula February 28, 2017, 14:14

    Thank you! I can’t way to try this out on my ring my boyfriend made for me from a quarter. Had too many incidents with the ring falling off in a shopping bag.

    • Natashalh February 28, 2017, 14:15

      Sounds like a really cool ring! I looked at making coin rings and decided it seemed hard. =p Thanks for stopping by!

  • Joseph June 4, 2017, 07:12

    Thanks for the tip! I just bought a sterling silver thumb thing that is slightly oversized and I am exploring options that will not damage it.

  • Rachel Roberts June 5, 2017, 21:42

    Do you think this might work for a ring made of PMC silver clay? PMC is sintered metal so it is somewhat porous I believe.

    • Natashalh June 6, 2017, 08:30

      It can be porous. I used to attend a regular craft show and I’d usually be set up across from a lady who worked with PMC. My understanding is that there are different types/grades of PMC and some are slightly porous, but others are more dense. It might depend on the clay used. Sorry I can’t be more helpful! I’ve never personally worked with PMC.

      • Rachel Roberts June 6, 2017, 19:47

        Thank you for your quick response, Natasha. I’ll try to see how porous the clay I’m using, PMC3, is in comparison to other kinds.

  • Jen Morris July 26, 2017, 23:44

    Thank you so much for this great idea! I will definitely be trying it out. I love your rings, they are beautiful.
    Also, just wanted to let you know there is a typo at the beginning of your post – it says tune of silicone instead of tube. I’d want to know 😉

    • Natashalh July 27, 2017, 06:43

      Wow – how have I missed that typo for so long?! Thank you!

  • Ed McTiernan August 2, 2017, 18:14

    My wedding band and my father’s Navy ring from about 1940 were too tight. So I had them both expanded. After expanding both were slightly lose, but not enough to be worth paying another $90 to have reduced 1/4 size. They were comfortable, but I worried that when the cold of winter hits or if I lose weight or go swimming my fingers would shrink further and they could fall off. So I didn’t want to make a permanent adjustment.
    I’d heard about using clear nail polish but, being a guy, I first tried building up some space with glue, silicone and layered strips of tape. No success, and layering with tape was a pain and didn’t work anyway. The tape came off. Finally I tried nail polish. My wife didn’t have clear so I used gold. Figured that might be good because, although not at all obvious, I could visually tell if it was still on. BINGO! I put on layers, letting each dry for about 1/2 an hour between coatings. In the end I put on 5 layers to take up about a quarter-size. It’s been a week now and they still feel perfect. If my fingers ever swell I can remove it easily, and if they need to be reduced further when the cold weather hits it’s easy to add more layers of polish.

    Listen to the ladies. They know things we don’t.

    • Natashalh August 3, 2017, 07:01

      I’ve never thought to use nail polish! I can see how that would work quite well for smaller adjustments. It’s so neat you have your dad’s 40s Navy ring and I’m glad you’re able to wear it now. =)

      • Ed McTiernan August 4, 2017, 06:44

        After about a week of the nail polish holding well I asked my wife to pick up clear nail polish. It took both ends of 3 Q-tips with polish remover, plus some scraping with my nail, to remove the gold nail polish I originally used. So it was holding well. The gold on the rings (also did my wedding band) was no worse the wear. Just put the first layer of clear nail polish on each. It’s invisible. I’ll put 5 layers on my father’s ring to take up about 1/4 size, and 3 on the band, and don’t anticipate any more action for a long time unless my fingers shrink a lot during winter. If so I’ll add more layers then, and remove it next summer. Easy. The real beauty is that it’s so easy to add or remove as my fingers change with the seasons (or my diet).

  • Rai August 31, 2017, 16:44

    I have a tungsten ring and its size 5. My ring size is 4. Would this silicon adhesive trick work on this too in making my ring a size smaller and flaunt it in front of my friends?

    • Natashalh August 31, 2017, 16:47

      It could help – sometimes adding enough to change the ring by a whole size can make it appear a little wonky. Instead of adding silicone all the way around, focus on building it up at the back (if there is no clear front/back, just pick a side) and it should work out.

  • Ed August 31, 2017, 18:05

    I wrote awhile back about using nail polish, and wanted report back. To recap, my wedding band was resized and is about 1/4 size lose, and my father’s Navy ring is about 1/2 size lose (it would come off if I shook my hand). I applied clear nail polish all the way around the wedding band, and except below the stone on the Navy ring. I layered it (letting each layer dry before applying the next) until the rings were tight.
    After nearly a month that included a full day of pool swimming and diving, tons of dish washing, riding motorcycles and manual labor with them on, it’s still invisible and the rings are still snug. After a half-hour of swimming my wife asked if I took my rings off. That was the first I thought about them, and yes they were still on my fingers. I shook my hands violently trying to eject them, and they went nowhere. So I just kept swimming with them. Today I added one more layer to the Navy ring, but I think it ‘s that I dropped weight rather than the nail polish degrading.

    Question about the silicone: I’m not familiar with “food grade” silicone, but I used DAP clear silicone to pad the top of a walking stick recently. I found it clumpy and translucent not clear. It was difficult to smooth out and visible (which was great for that job, but wouldn’t be for a ring). Is the “food grade” more liquid and clear?

    • Natashalh August 31, 2017, 19:53

      It really depends on the silicone. Most of it, even the ‘clear’ kind can definitely tend more towards translucent than totally transparent, though I’ve had some that was fairly clear with the relatively thin coat inside a ring. Because you can’t see it from the outside and it isn’t white (as long as you don’t buy white!) or any other color, it’s never bothered me. I’ve also never gotten it perfectly smooth, just “smooth enough,” but, again, since it’s not visible, I haven’t considered that a problem. Although this one was a little thick, I think it’s the one that dried most clear for me. http://amzn.to/2wrJbUt

      “Food grade” lacks solvents, VOCs, etc. that other silicone caulks usually contain. “Aquarium” silicones typically lack these substances, too. It isn’t necessarily more liquid or clear, in my experience, it just isn’t toxic to work with or wear!

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