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Need to shorten a band

I have a CHEAP Gossip acrylic watch with a link band and a fold-over/snap closure. It is way too big, how do I shorten it. It looks like I have to open the closure where the pin is and remove some links or move the pin down the plastic "cap" over the closure. ???? Pick one or make one up of your own.
Kathy in Redondo CA

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If you want to shorten your band then you should go to watch store in your vicinity, they will advise you in a better way.
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You better pick one and size it according to your size, if not enough, pick one again to other side of the band in order to balance ,,until reach the size you want....

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