Aspect Ratio Simplified
What is Aspect Ratio (AR) all about?
Aspect Ratio is easy! Keep repeating that over and over and over.... (really, it is!)
Aspect Ratio is very useful, especially for chainmakers. Aspect Ratio (AR) is how the diameter of wire in millimeters relates to the internal diameter of the ring. (Clear as mud, right?)
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AR = inside diameter divided by the wire diameter
Simple ! How do we use it?
If I am making a Byzantine chain and the AR is 3.5, then I know I can figure out what the internal diameter is for any wire gauge size I want to use. This allows me the flexibility to change wire gauges and make heavier or more delicate chains..... so to make a Byzantine in various gauges...
Rearrange the equation
16 gauge = 1.3mm; 18 gauge = 1.0mm; 20 gauge = 0.8mm
Now you have the internal diameters but what if the rings don't come in 2.8m ID? Round up to the next ring size. Especially for a tight weave like Byzantine, if you round down, your weave may be too tight, but in this case, 2.75 works perfectly! Having said that, 4.55mm ID for 16 ga wire is close enough to 4.5mm that it will work splendidly for the Byzantine weave.