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Gen

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Understanding Aspect Ratio - My way to understand aspect ratio

I think that understanding aspect ratio is the one large factor that allows my students to be flexible with their chainmaille adventure! It gives them the ability to use different wire thicknesses which in turn allows them to make the same weave either very delicate (for a petite lady) or very chunky (for motorcycle dude)!
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jvbs

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A great explanation. I think some people hear "must do math" and freak out a bit. As you showed, it's a simple formula
 

Frann

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I have to agree, that when math is mentioned, a lot of people cringe. Thanks for posting how you do it.
 

SturmLQ

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I think it would be best to point out and make pretty clear that AR only applies to round wire rings. The diamond, twisted, square, etc... all have too many edges to give an accurate AR. Newbie artists don't know this or overlook the simplicity of using AR and get frustrated when weaves do not work as intended.
 

jvbs

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Sturm, if you were using a shaped wire, would you take the thickest part of the wire and the smallest part of the ID? Would that work?
 

SturmLQ

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Honestly it is my belief that it would not work as well as one would like. This is because pending the weave you need some uniform sizing otherwise it ends up too tight in some places and too loose in others. Just something a new mailler would need to understand and accept before experimenting with shaped wires.
 

Daniel H.

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From my understanding because the edges arent uniform, for non-round wire, the AR cant work to determine how the rings relate to each other. Some places like C&T designs have a weave list which show use what sizes work for square rings.
 

Bryan Szafranski

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AR was never a problem for me, possibly cause my brain is kinda math-centered. That being said, I have a formula in my stock spreadsheet that automatically calculates out the AR for me when I add new supplies in. That way when I'm looking for something, I just need to scan through quick-like.
 

GordHavoc

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A good, quick lesson. Your formula is not flawed. I have seen people go right down and calculate in spring back, getting out their digital calipurs and making us all feel silly. By far, your little lesson will be the best reference I have read in a long time. Thank you for making it!
 

Crystal

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I cheat... I label my storage containers with the size and AR of all the rings, so I can pick and choose without having to think about it! Still had to grab this resource, though!
 

Sharyn Hamilton

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I still find AR a bit daunting, and a clear, simple explanation is always welcome. Thanks, Gen!
 

Jo Mayer

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It is very frustrating to be to buy a ring from vendor A who lists AR as (for example) 3.1 and another vendor selling the "same" size ring with an AR listed at 3.0 or even 2.9. This difference will make the weave look different. I know I discovered this while learning JPL.
 

Sapphire

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Great simple explanation plus I'm so happy Crystal mentioned the idea of including AR on storage containers. I haven't been including AR in my labels but will start.
 

Theresa

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It is very frustrating to be to buy a ring from vendor A who lists AR as (for example) 3.1 and another vendor selling the "same" size ring with an AR listed at 3.0 or even 2.9. This difference will make the weave look different. I know I discovered this while learning JPL.
I agree Jo and now my issue is I have a tutorial which has ring sizes with a certain AR from her supplier but I am using a different supplier whose rings in the same sizes have different AR's. So do I go by AR only even if those rings aren't the same size? My brain is so muddled right now I can't even figure this out and getting very frustrated and feeling very stupid!
 
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