Can mesh be cut to fit?

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    Can mesh be cut to fit?

    I'm looking to buy a mesh strap. I have small wrists. Can the rows of the mesh be cut off, if needed to get a good fit. I can't tell in the pics if they are single rings or if the mesh has a more woven in with different rows. If that makes any sense.

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    Re: Can mesh be cut to fit?

    Most mesh I've seen is built in such a way that it can be cut. Use a dremel/rotary tool and appropriate wheel. Only take off one row at a time: you can't put them back.

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    Re: Can mesh be cut to fit?

    Ive cut my mesh with a sharp snips, no problem just take your time.

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    Re: Can mesh be cut to fit?

    if it's an omega mesh, OFrei has a special tool for cutting the mesh.

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    Re: Can mesh be cut to fit?

    I've also cut a mesh bracelet with a Dremel tool. It was not terribly difficult.

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    Re: Can mesh be cut to fit?

    As everyone else said:

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    And yes, it is pretty darn easy to do! Patience and a steady hand help.
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    Re: Can mesh be cut to fit?

    I have a small pair of wire cutters that I will use.

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    Re: Can mesh be cut to fit?

    I have a small wrist too. I've had 2 mesh straps (Bulova diver, Jurgen's) cut by a watch repair guy w/ a torch.

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    Re: Can mesh be cut to fit?

    Quote Originally Posted by mike120 View Post
    As everyone else said:

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    Is it necessary to use an actual Dremel tool? Is there a way to use a regular power drill with some sort of attachment to cut the mesh links?
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    Re: Can mesh be cut to fit?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnchoe View Post
    Is it necessary to use an actual Dremel tool? Is there a way to use a regular power drill with some sort of attachment to cut the mesh links?
    In a nutshell, yes. But not recommended.

    Using a drill with a cutting wheel will give you very limited dexterity; you'll be 'elbow out', and akward getting at such a small item you are desperatley trying to avoid even scratching, let alone gouging or otherwise ruining. They also do not turn at the same high RPM as a dremel, so the cutting will be more difficult still: it will take even more patience.

    Of course going out and buying a Dremel, or even a budget rotary tool is excessive for sizing a single band, so I would suggest calling around your friends list to see who may have one in the basement or garage, etc before resorting to a drill.

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