Whether you are making a purchase or making a repair on your jewelry, you will need to know how to measure it in order to know if it is the correct size. The American wire gauge (AWG), is the most common method of measuring jewelry. You can also use the metric system.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a hoop or spiral, or a lobe-piercing, it is important to understand how body jewelry is measured. It’s the law of the land. You will have a better chance at a successful piercing by choosing the right size jewelry. You will also be more likely to find a piercer who suits you better. Luckily, there are a few ways to measure your body jewelry.
The American Wire Gauge is the best place to begin. AWG is a measurement system used to gauge the thickness of solid wire and other precious metals in the U.S. (and Canada). This system uses a series notations to give an idea of the thickness your piercing jewelry. A gauge card is a better alternative to a micrometer or caliper. You should always ask your piercer for measurements of your jewelry.
The American Wire Gauge System, also known as the Brown and Sharpe measurement system, has been in use in the U.S. and Canada ever since the early 1860s. While there are other methods of measuring thickness, the American Wire Gauge (AWG) has its own benefits, such as the fact that it measures only round wire, which is useful in a variety of piercing styles. It’s also an easy way to tell if the jewel you’re buying has a real gold plating or not, which isn’t always easy to tell from a picture on the packaging.
Although the gauge system is still being used to make body jewelry, it is not widely used. It’s a bit of a mystery to most people why it’s still in use. Despite its age, the AWG still holds a place in the hearts of piercers and jewelry makers, as it’s the best system for measuring thickness. The biggest drawback to using this system is that it’s not standardized. This is especially true for gold-plated jewelry, which can range from karats to kilograms. Luckily, the AWG has a few tricks up its sleeve, including a gauge card that will tell you which gauge your jewelry has and what that gauge means.
The metric system can also be used to measure the length of body jewelry, especially if it’s a spiral, hoop, or barbell. The metric system uses prefixes in powers ten instead of the AWG. This makes it easier to compare measurements between different styles and gauges. It’s much simpler than the AWG. If you’re a piercer, you can also use it to help your customers figure out which sizes they need.
American wire gauge (AWG) system
During the early years of The Gauntlet, Jim Ward developed a system for measuring the thickness of body jewelry in the United States using a wire gauge. The system, which is still used today, is called the American wire gauge (AWG) system. It was invented in 1857 and has been in use in the United States for nearly 150 years.
AWG measures the diameter of round, solid, non-ferrous electrical wire. It is a logarithmic, step-standardized wire gauge system. The gauge number is the number of drawing operations needed to make a particular gauge of wire. The more drawing operations, the thinner the wire. In addition, the thinner the wire, the more resistance it has to electrical current. A very thin 20 gauge wire requires more current to draw than a 16 gauge wire. The American wire gauge system in the U.S. is used to size electrical wires. It is based upon a formula.
AWG gauges are also used to describe stranded wire. Stranded wire is composed of two or more strands separated by a slash. Each strand occupy about 25% of the overall area of the wire. The equivalent cross-sectional copper area is used to calculate the cross-sectional area for stranded wire. This area is measured by multiplying the diameter of the strand by 92. The number of strands is then multiplied by the cross-sectional area. For example, a 19-strand wire with equal strands subtracts 12.7 from the AWG of the strand. The cross-sectional area of the strand is then multiplied with a third number.
The AWG for stranded wire is measured by measuring each strand’s diameter. This is easier to do than measuring the diameter of the bundle. The AWG can also be measured using the stranded’s overall diameter. This must be slightly larger that the solid wire. The solid wire must have a diameter at least 13% greater than the stranded wire.
In addition to stranded wire, the AWG also applies to solid round conductors. These conductors are identified by the area in thousands if circular mils. These numbers are based on the North American Electrical industry standard. However, the numbers in this table are based on a DC or AC frequency of less than 60 Hz. They don’t take into account skin effects.
Stainless steel wire is usually produced to a thickness that corresponds to its gauge. It is possible to measure the thickness of a strand with a micrometer. The strand’s overall dimension is more accurate. The AWG size of a strand is usually determined by comparing the cross-sectional area of the equivalent solid conductor. The wire’s diameter is also measured with a micrometer. A caliper, or wire gauge go no-go tool, can also be used to measure the gauge.
Although most body jewelry is made in America, it is more likely that you will find an equivalent in Australia. It’s not surprising, as most of our visitors are American expats living on a tight budget. The metric system is a great way to ensure the quality of your baubles, while at the same time ensuring your clients get their money’s worth. Fortunately, there are a number of high-quality manufacturers in the market, all of which are in the know for their stellar service. A quick search on Google will produce a plethora of recommendations and suggestions for the best jewelry shops in town. Next, you need to decide which one is best for you and your family. With so many options available, it is easy to find the perfect fit. It’s not surprising that jewelry shops only stock the finest of the best. Don’t forget to shop around as not all top designers are the best. The best jewelry stores will not only have the latest styles and cuts, but will also keep you in the know with their plethora of tips and tricks.
I’m Gillian. I love piercings and tattoos- there’s something about the way they make your body look that just makes me happy. I started this blog to share my passion for piercings and tattoos with the world and to help people who are thinking of getting their first piercing or tattoo.
I’ve been writing about piercings and tattoos for a while now on piercings-body.com. I love sharing my knowledge with others and helping people make informed decisions about their bodies.