How to Make Your Ring Smaller Without Sizing

By Erin Dorrance

Resizing a ring at a jewelry store can be expensive and is a permanent alteration. If you have fingers that swell, enlarged knuckles or arthritis in your hands, consider ways in which you can make your rings smaller without a professional sizing alteration.

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It is tricky to find rings that fit perfectly.

Tape

Step 1

Cut a 1/2-inch piece of clear, packaging tape.

Step 2

Set the piece of tape down with the sticky side facing down.

Step 3

Roll the tape into a tight tube.

Step 4

Stick the tube of tape inside the ring. Ensure the tape is flush with the inside of the ring to prevent it from showing.

Plastic Guard

Step 1

Purchase a plastic ring guard, available at jewelry and department stores.

Step 2

Open the small slit on the ring guard with your fingers.

Step 3

Slip the back-side of your ring into the ring guard. The ring guard will encompass the entire back side of the ring, inside and out.

Step 4

Move the ring guard to the right or left to center the ring guard with the back of the ring.

Liquid Guard

Step 1

Apply a coat of liquid ring guard to the inside bottom half of your ring.

Step 2

Allow the ring to dry for 24 hours.

Step 3

Try on the ring. If you have a snug fit, you are finished. If the ring is still loose, take it off and add another layer of liquid ring guard until the ring fits perfectly on your finger.