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# Maintaining Gauge To Inner Diameter RatiosArticle © MAIL User: Coyote

Many of the maille artisans often have a favorite ring size and gauge for each weave they create because they like the density it provides. What if you want to change the gauge or the ring size? In most cases the artisan goes through a trial and error process while trying to recreate the weave on a different scale while trying to maintain the same density. To avoid this guesswork one can use a simple set of equations to upscale or downscale the gauge to inner diameter ratio.
The equations are as follows

Using larger gauge---new gauge minus original gauge.
The difference is then added to the original inner diameter to determine the new inner diameter.

Using larger inner diameter--new inner diameter minus the original inner diameter.
The difference is added to the original gauge to determine the new gauge.

Using smaller gauge---original gauge minus new gauge.
The difference is subtracted from the original inner diameter to determine the new inner diameter.

Using smaller inner diameter--original inner diameter minus new inner diameter.
The difference is subtracted from the original gauge to determine the new gauge.

Due to the small measurements involved in this process, a tool such as a micrometer is helpful but anything that can measure small increments will work. I also suggest that you upsize or downsize the gauge and match the inner diameter to the new gauge as the inner diameter can be adjusted easily to match the gauge but finding odd sizes of wire can be difficult.
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