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Daily Wire Tip: Working with Inches and Millimeters
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
I am new to the wire jewelry world. All the sizes of the stones, crystals etc. are in mm. Is there a chart on how to convert millimeters to centimeters and inches?
-Deb in Mesa, Arizona
Welcome to our lovely, but sometimes confusing, world of wire jewelry making, Deb! As most jewelry components, including stones and beads are so small, measuring in mm is much easier than using inches, as well as more universal. After a while, you will become accustomed to using the metric system for jewelry making.
Converting millimeters to centimeters is easy; just move the decimal one place to the left (for example, 25mm = 2.5 cm). To convert millimeters to inches, divide the millimeters by 25.4 (for example, 25mm divided by 25.4 equals about .98 inches).
Here is a page with images of common cab sizes, in inches and millimeters: Jewelry Measurement Conversions and Charts. Also, you can find an easy conversion calculator and chart here: Inch/Millimeter Conversion Chart.
P.S.: We’ve added a link to download and print the Jewelry Measurement Conversions and Charts page, available here: Download Jewelry Measurement Conversions and Charts (PDF, 79.3kb).
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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