Last updated: 8/26/20, 3/6/18
Nancy LT Hamilton
The B&S gauge (aka American Standard gauge) is a simple tool to use. Simply, push your metal or wire into a slot, if it slides in, that’s NOT the gauge. Keep moving down in gauge until you reach the first slot that the metal DOESN’T fit into: that’s your gauge!
You’ll need to use one if you are looking for a certain size wire, to check jump ring gauge, metal gauge, etc. You either need to track your wire and metal sizes really well, or purchase one of these. I use mine all the time!
You can also use calipers to measure your metal – sheet or wire too. Digital calipers allow for extremely accurate measuring. But, you’ll need to translate that measurement into a gauge, if you are looking for wire or sheet that is a particular size.
Visit my B&S gauge charts, on this website.