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How Many Rings One Gets From Wire?


Ann - Why not make it easy on yourself and try a weigh and count
method? Cut a length of wire (12 inches, 100 cm, whatever) that you
will use for your rings. Weigh it, wrap it around your mandrel and
cut your rings. Measure your waste length and subtract it from your
starting length. Count how many rings you just made from that gauge
and length of wire. That quantity will be your quantity for that
length in that size and that gauge anytime you cut rings. Just start
a chart or a quick Xcel spread sheet and start filling in the blanks
whenever you do a different size or a different gauge/type of wire.
You’ll have a complete chart in no time.


aaaah sandi

even i could understand that method! i have to figure out the wire
needed for some amulet bag, pendant/necklace and ornament kits i’m
putting together. since i work off a big spool all i could figure out
to do is make up a complete item, sans beads, as it will be wire
crochet, beads are pre-strung and brought up as you go.

with the weight of the piece it is then getting the formula for
converting it to lengths needed per kit. i hated math in school. my
teacher told me i would be using what she was teaching, i swore i
would never. ever.

did i mention before the initial injury 24 years ago, i was a
corporate loan officer for b of a? me and my blanket statement…



Why not weigh the beads first, say weigh 100 of each type, then
divide by 100 to get a unit weight? more maths !!! You don’t have to
make a useless item though,

regards Tim.


Pat, here’s a thought…

Weigh the spool before you start your project, then when it’s
finished, weigh the spool again. The difference is how much wire
you’ve used. You know how much you paid for the spool. Figure out how
much per gram (or ounce) you paid, and you’re set. Just don’t use
that spool for any other project in the meanwhile…



i love people on orchid. thank you all for excellent solutions to my
less than admirable math based brain.

i knew i hung around here for a very good reason, not one answer
came in telling me to study math more, or to tell me how less than
bright i was, aka dummy. i appreciate that!



For those of you that do not want to do the math I just uploaded a
table at

John Fetvedt
bijoux de terre


John, you are the absolute best!!! Thank you for uploading the
chart. I have already printed it out and will put it to good use!



Once again, Ganoksin comes through with bunches of that
are very very helpful, and then the coup d’grace from John Fetvedt
with the chart I was dreaming of.

I thank everyone who responded, giving me new ideas about how to
develop pricing, and my husband is greatly relieved that he doesn’t
have to do MY math to come up with the “How Many Rings” question.
Since I cut my own rings, knowing how many rings also was a problem
of production because, like most people obsessed with chain weaving,
I cut rings from 20, 18, 16 and 14 gauge wire and in many MANY
different sizes. I teach, and cut rings for my classes, but I don’t
do production work on chains, so I needed to know about" how many
rings I could get from different mm so I wouldn’t have my wire tied
up in sizes I don’t need. (I’m still struggling to make 50 ounce
orders of wire, unlike everybody else on Ganoksin :wink: But then, I
also have my metal clay to buy as well.)

Thanks again, Ganoksin folks, for being nice to a wannabe jeweler
and giving me wonderful !!

Ann Lacava