Nifty Visualization Tricks


What size jewelry to get? That’s a pretty common question faced by piercees who are looking to replace or upgrade their jewelry.  Unfortunately, it’s a tough question, because:

a) We’ve forgotten what size we had in the first place; and

b) Sizes are complicated, and weird, and in fractions!;  and those little pieces of jewelry are fiddley; and

c) I can’t visualize distances anyway, because I’m a gurrrl.

So, here are a couple of things to try.  First–the humble ruler.  If you can’t remember whether 1/8″ is bigger than 5/16″ –dig your ruler out of your drawer.  Alternatively, most online body jewelry retailers have charts and helpful sizing info, as well as sending you out a handy gauge card with your order.  I keep my gauge card near my computer to make it easier to order jewelry.  (Is that a bad sign?)

plug chart

Here’s a lovely little page I stumbled across on Steel Navel. I think it very clearly shows the difference in gauge (a measurement of thickness based on wire measurement).  For those of us who are spatially challenged, you can find the real page on Steel Navel here.

There’s also the Steel Skin compact disc-calibrated slidey thing. Slidey thing, you say?  (Okay, fine.  “Dynamic Size Chart.”) Check it out here!

5 Responses to Nifty Visualization Tricks

  1. oldgringo says:

    Good info.

    You should tell folks about caliper micrometers. They’re not terribly expensive, and about a thousand times more useful than a ruler.

  2. piercedconsumer says:

    Good idea. I’ll have to get me one.

  3. Paige says:

    Kind of off-topic, but I’ve been saving my gauge cards from my orders from a certain site so I can give them away to people I know who are stretching [and don’t know much about it]. They’re nifty little things :]

  4. alexi says:

    Nice to see you posting again Cloud 🙂

    I actually keep a gauge card in my wallet lol… Just incase I see a nice piece of jewellery while out and about!

    • piercedconsumer says:

      Oh, you know–I may post a bit more, may not. I’m working on it, though. I bought a caliper which may make an appearance on here.

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