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Do I have to use 16ga 5/16" for large scales?

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Do I have to use 16ga 5/16" for large scales?

I see it is what is recommended, but I wondered if it is absolutely necessary. All I am making is a keychain 9 scales long (large scale). I already have a bunch of 18ga 1/4", and I was wondering if anybody knows if I can use those instead, or if I absolutely have to buy the 16ga 5/16".

Thanks!

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You only need the exact ring size to do the "regular" scale pattern.  Scales can be attached with all kinds of ring sizes. If your 18ga 1/4" is aluminum , it might be too flimsy to hold well with the weight of the scales though.  You may want to double or triple your rings.

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Keep in mind that the holes in the large scales are approx. 5/16" in diameter, which is why you normally use 5/16" - 16 gauge rings, and adjust your work accordingly.

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