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Featured Tool of the Week: Finger Gauge GAU-251.00
by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com
Tool of the Week for
January 9, 2012
sponsored by JewelryTools.com
This week’s tool: Finger Gauges, Item # GAU-251.00
Demonstration by Kate, JewelryTools.com
This week’s featured tool from JewelryTools.com is the GAU-251.00 Finger Gauges, or Ring Sizers, which measures ring sizes 1 through 15. Finger gauges, or ring sizers, are extremely useful for making custom rings. Simply slide the rings onto your customer’s fingers until you find a size that fits but doesn’t stick – and watch how the knuckles fit, too.
Then, to be sure you’ve got an accurate measurement, place that exact finger gauge on your ring mandrel to check it. This way you’ll be able to create custom rings the fit your customers’ fingers precisely!
Here’s a cautionary tale of ring sizers: ask your customer if their fingers swell or shrink much, for example shrinking in cold weather and swelling in heat, because you may want to use a slightly different size than the ring sizer tells. In my case, my first experience with a ring sizer was after my boyfriend of a few years subtly suggested I find out my ring size. I was giddy and trembling as I walked up to the jewelry counter and asked to be sized. My palms were sweaty and I was shaking! Pretty funny, looking back. The salesgirl was so kind, slipping ring after ring from their ring sizer on my ring finger until the perfect one fit. Well, as you may have guessed, my fingers were swollen, so when he "popped the question" my ring spun a bit – but we had it sized down a half size, and no trouble since. Now I know to account for nerves and finger swelling when I make rings myself!
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