Fly Tying Riddle – Measuring Beads

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Hi guys,
We have a brand new riddle for you:
How you measure the diameters of the beads ( like brass beads, plastic beads or tungsten beads)?
– cheap way( means no special or expensive tools) only what everybody has at home
– easy way
– fast and simple

The winner will be guy/girl with the first answer posted here 🙂 and will receive a Troutline Coupon of 10% discount and 4 bags with tungsten in different sizes
troutline brass beads

33 Comments
  • Sebastian
    October 11, 2016

    Use caliper

    • Edward
      October 25, 2016

      Edward,
      Use different size mesh sieves. With small mesh size the smallest beads fall through, the larger do not.
      Use a slightly bigger mesh and the next size falls through, keeping the bigger beads.
      As you increase the mesh size, the beads fall through by size EVERY time.
      Need a bunch of sieves, but they are cheap and they get the job done.
      Mark the sieve as to the size bead it passes. Keep all of them out of the kitchen so wife does not use.

      • Edward
        October 25, 2016

        Forgot to add:Softly SHAKE the mesh sieve so beads move around. That way one’s not perfectly round will fall through.

  • Sebastian
    October 11, 2016

    Use caliper

  • Alex
    October 11, 2016

    I don’ measure I believe. But if I doubt I can use Vernier. 🙂

    • Lucian Vasies
      October 12, 2016

      you are a great client for sellers 🙂
      Vernier is good but how?

      • Alex
        October 13, 2016

        Paul said nearly how with Vernier Calipers. But, they’re not perfectly spherical like he said, but it’s nearly good and most important – FAST. 🙂
        I’m great buyer, I agree. 😀 But, one time screwed – no more orders. I think that you guys – sellers, should send correct size of beads, and keep track of measurement. 🙂

  • Paul Callaghan
    October 11, 2016

    The beads themselves could be measured with vernier calipers for the most accurate reading, though you are relying on aligning all the measured beads exactly the same. Beads are not perfectly spherical, so you would need to ensure the measurements are taken from the same points on each measured bead.

    Not everyone has a set of vernier calipers at home (as I do), so a ruler or metal rule (preferably) could be used instead. Not quite as accurate as the vernier caliper but more accessible. The point about measuring across the same dimension of the bead still stands.

    Once the beads are measured; the most reliable way of repeatably measuring beads (say in high volumes) would be to use a card with punched holes in the sizes of most commonly used beads – like a spaghetti measure but with smaller holes sized for bead dimensions.

    • Lucian Vasies
      October 12, 2016

      correct Paul, But the correct and complete answer was provided by Daniel 🙂 Can be done even by a child with 7 years 🙂

      • Paul Callaghan
        October 12, 2016

        Daniels method is a rough and ready method, but it is not repeatable nor reproduceable.

        If I have say 5 beads of 1mm, 1.1mm, 1mm, 1.2mm and 1.mm; the total will be 5.3mm. If I measure using Daniels method, I will know that I have 0.3mm ‘extra’ but I won’t know which beads are bigger or smaller by eye. All I will know is that I have an ‘extra’ 0.3mm … that I shouldn’t have … so it’s not a reliable method.

        If you size a card with holes (e.g. a bead template); you would have a more repeatable and reliable measure of bead diameter because a 1.2mm bead won’t easily pass through a 1mm diamteter hole.

  • Almir
    October 11, 2016

    Tape Measure

  • Sebastian
    October 11, 2016

    Or everyone now have phone do we can download application which measure beads

  • michael
    October 11, 2016

    with a measure tape under my flytying lens

  • Daniel Ridley-Th
    October 11, 2016

    The cheap way – to line 5 beads up and measure them on a ruler.. then divide that by 5! under 1cm 0 1.5mm, 1cm = 2mm etc

    the fast & simple way.. and the fastest way.. to read what you put on the packet that you send us!!

  • Chris
    October 11, 2016

    By the smalles hole.

  • eddy
    October 11, 2016

    take a wooden or plastic plate dril holes in it in wich size you have beads to measure

    • Lucian Vasies
      October 12, 2016

      a hole of 1.1mm or 1.2mm or 1.3mm is quite difficult to be done correctly – sorry, is good but need good stuff, and too much time 🙂

  • Carlos B. Pereira
    October 11, 2016

    By the hook shank!

  • Carlos B. Pereira
    October 11, 2016

    By the hook hole!

  • Declan Smith
    October 11, 2016

    Drilled metal plate

    • Lucian Vasies
      October 12, 2016

      yes, I know what you say but do you have in all sizes, for example 1.1mm , 1.3mm, 1.7mm? 🙂

  • Nic
    October 12, 2016

    No measuring needed. All beads are created equal, stored in one box full of different colors, sizes and materials. When tying a new bug, simply open the box and go with your feeling. On the hook it goes. If it fits and feels right proceed to tying the fly. If it doesn’t feel right, swap the bead with another one in your box. Repeat as needed.

    • Lucian Vasies
      October 12, 2016

      yeah, I know Nick but there are guys telling you that sell 3.5mm beads and you buy 3.3mm 🙂
      cheers,
      Lucian

      • Paul Callaghan
        October 13, 2016

        Find out how ‘the guys’ are measuring the beads. Beads are not perfectly spherical so it would be easy to measure the exact same bead as 3.3mm and 3.5mm depending on where and how you measure them.

  • Doug Scherk
    October 12, 2016

    Poke them in a empty drill bit set …I’m cheap … lol

  • Balogh Tibor
    October 12, 2016

    I have printed out a measuring paper, that one used with a lot of tiny squares. I just put it on it and instantly see how many squares it cover.

  • Fernando
    October 16, 2016

    Hi, yoi can use this http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-613368302-plantilla-de-circulos-marca-pizzini-10-puntos-_JM .
    Sorry for copy the link, but i cant paste a photo.

    Its a thecnical drawing ruler. Cost about 5 dls. Come with holes from 1 mm, 1.5 mm, 2 mm, etc.

    • Fernando
      October 16, 2016

      PS. This ruler come un 0.1 mm variatons too.

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