This is a popular piece of body jewelry because it conveniently allows the wearer to remove the ring by simply removing the captive bead, the bead is held firmly in place so that it will not easily fall out.
In this regard, how do you measure a captive bead ring?
To size a captive ring, two measurements are needed: the gauge size and the diameter of the ring. The gauge size is the thickness of the ring itself (the part that actually goes in your piercing), and the diameter is found by measuring across the widest part of the ring from one inside edge to the other.
Beside above, how do you expand a captive bead ring?
Hold the ring steady with your free hand and push the captive bead into the open segment of the ring. The captive bead should pop into place. If the open segment is too narrow, you can use the ring opening pliers to expand it slightly.
How do you secure a captive bead ring?
Traditional captive bead rings, or CBRs, hold a bead in place using the ring’s own tension/pressure. The rounded ends of the captive bead ring fit into two little dimpled indentations on either side of the captive bead to hold it in place.
Hoops should be snug enough to wrap the lip, but will have some gap to allow for movement while eating and talking. Hoops that are too tight can cause migration, so they do need some room.
16ga steel is . 065” inches thick, that is about 1/16th of an inch thick. 14 gauge in comparison is . 083 inches thick which doesn’t sound like much except it is almost 30% thicker (27.6% to be exact).
Jewelry is measured through a gauge system (see chart below). The higher the gauge number the smaller the wire is. A standard “earring” is usually 20 gauge. Jewelry gauges/sizes can vary between manufacturers.
Captive bead rings are a common style of body jewelry that can be really irritating to insert and remove if you have never done it before. Just make sure you line up one of the dimples of the bead with the edge of one side of the ring, and then push the second dimple right into the ring and you have done it.
Hold the ball with your dominant hand and steady your nose ring with your nondominant hand. Line up one of the indentations with one end of the ring. Lightly press the ball into place until you hear it snap.
The gap in the ring where the bead will sit should be wide enough to slide over your lip. Once the end of the ring matches up with the piercing in your lip, slide it on through. Keep pushing the ring gently around until the gap in the ring is clearly visible in front of your lip. Push the captive bead into place.