# How Do Gauge Sizes Work

“Here [in the U.S.] it’s measured by gauge.” Gauge sizes work in reverse, meaning that the higher the number, the thinner the width. So higher numbers (like 16 gauge) are thinner than smaller numbers (like a 6 gauge). When discussing gauges, references to a “larger gauge” means bigger around, not a bigger number.

## Is 16 or 14 gauge bigger?

14 ga is thicker than 16 ga .

## Is 16 or 18 gauge bigger?

What Does “Gauge” Refer To? The gauge simply communicates the fastener thickness as a whole number, but it gets confusing when looking at the actual ratings. That is because 16 is greater than 18.

## What are the gauge sizes in order?

Gauge sizes go up (or down, depending on how you look at it) in even numbers from there, so the next largest size from an 18g is 16g, then 14g, then 12g, and so on. When you get to 0g, the next size is 00g (pronounced “double zero gauge”). 00g is equal to about 3/8 of an inch.

## Is 16g smaller than 18G?

Small gauges will have a thinner bar but a larger number (like 20G), and large gauges will have a thicker bar but a smaller number (like 14G).Inches & Millimeters Gauge Conversion Chart: Gauge Inches Millimeters 20G .032″ 0.81mm 18G .040″ 1.0mm 16G .050″ 1.2mm 14G .064″ 1.6mm.

## How do I know my gauge size?

Try sliding your jewelry into the opening to see if it fits. If it fits perfectly and snuggly in the opening, you found the size! The gauge measurement is the number printed next to the cutout circle. Gauge wheels usually provide the measurement in the gauge size along with the millimeters or inches.

## What is thicker 12 gauge or 16 gauge?

Absolutely. So let’s talk gauge… There three basic gauges used in steel tube panels typically 16 ga, 14 ga, and 10 ga. Gauges work like this; the smaller the number the thicker the steel.

## Can you pierce your nose with a 16 gauge?

This will determine which gauge size you will need for your nose piercing. For standard nostril piercings, the gauge size is usually 18 or 16. For high nostril piercings, thicker jewelry tends to work better. That’s why high nostrils are typically pierced at a 16 gauge or even a 14 gauge.

## What gauge is regular earring?

Gauge Size: Insert a standard earring post through your piercing – this is going to be a 20G size post. If it fits snugly, then your gauge size will be 20G. If you can move it around a little bit, try an 18G size. If you can move it around quite a bit, then you probably want a 16G size.

## What is smaller 18 gauge or 20 gauge?

Thanks for your question! This will fit but may be slightly loose, as 20 gauge is thinner than 18 gauge. However, if it is only being worn for a short period of time and with minimal movement, it will stay in place and serve the purpose of retaining the piercing.

## How can I stretch my ears without tapers?

How to Stretch Ears Without Tapers 1 Wearing Heavier Plugs to Make Ears Bigger. 2 Adding Larger Jewelry to Stretch Your Gauge. 3 Adding PTFE Tape to Your Current Plugs.

## Do gauges close?

Almost any hole in the ear eventually doesn’t close. When you say ‘gauges,’ I assume you mean people trying to extend the hole to be super large. So, for the people stretching their ear holes with the gauges, it’s a permanent thing. I don’t think they ever become significantly smaller.

## What size gauges will close up?

What size can I stretch up to without permanent damage? There are a lot of different opinions on this topic, but the majority of professionals in the body modification industry recommend never going any larger than 2 – 0 gauge if you want your ears to totally close up where you can’t see through them.

## What is the gauge of a nose ring?

Nose piercing is usually done with an 18 gauge (1.02mm) post. After a nose piercing heals, most people switch to a 20 gauge (. 81mm) post because it is thinner and leaves a smaller hole. A post thinner than 20 gauge is not recommended for most nose piercings.

## Can I put a 20G in a 16g piercing?

If you pierce yourself with a 16G and put in a 20G earring, the earring will fit in easily and the hole will eventually shrink to the right size.

## What gauge is a belly piercing?

Professional belly piercings are performed in a standard 14g (gauge width) and pierced to fit the standard size 10mm (3/8) and 11mm (7/16) belly rings. All of our navel rings are supplied within the standard size range unless otherwise stated. Click on each size below to view available belly rings in that size.

## Does gauging ears hurt?

Does ear stretching hurt? Ear stretching tends to tingle or sting but it shouldn’t hurt a lot. If your earlobe feels tight or you’re in pain after inserting the taper or plug, then the size is too big and you should opt for something smaller.

## What is bigger 16 gauge or 20 gauge?

Few people know why the thickness of steel diminishes as the gauge increases (ie: 16 gauge steel is thicker than 20 gauge steel). The bottom number of the fraction became an easy identifier and eventually was adopted as the “gauge number.” Thus, 1/16″ became 16 gauge and 1/20″ became 20 gauge.

## What size is 12mm gauges?

Ear Stretching Sizes Converted From Gauge to mm and Inch Millimeters (mm) Inches (“) 10mm 3/8″ 11mm 7/16″ 12mm 1/2″ 13mm 17/32”.