measures x metric systems + numbers = jewelry

Centimeter Brooch © Naomi Muirhead
Centimeter Brooch © Naomi Muirhead

Instruments of Measurement

Tape measures, simple rulers, yard sticks, folding construction rulers, architect’s scales, drafting tools, metric conversions – all methods of visual, dimensional and physical measurement and common references for length or distance to make life more precise. “Measure twice and cut once” is a common tip when working with anything that can’t be restored with CTRL-Z or F12. The concept of time and our way of measuring it using clocks and watches has infinite graphic options, but a basic ruler doesn’t vary too much apart from the form, material, and number font. Finding ways to use these elements of measurements into wearable art is especially fun when the piece can even be used for an emergency measurement! And the rulers are recycled and re-purposed into jewelry. I live in Italy, so naturally, I use the metric system which is so much easier than the U.S. units.

110% Brooch © Naomi Muirhead
110% Brooch © Naomi Muirhead

Systems of Measurements

Millimeter Ring © Naomi Muirhead
Millimeter Ring © Naomi Muirhead

U.S. customary units are a system of measurements commonly used in the United States. Many U.S. units are virtually identical to their imperial counterparts, but the U.S. customary system developed from English units used in the British Empire before the system of imperial units was standardized in 1824. Several numerical differences from the imperial system are present. The vast majority of U.S. customary units have been defined in terms of the meter and the kilogram since the Mendenhall Order of 1893 (and, in practice, for many years before that date). These definitions were refined in 1959. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that does not mainly use the metric system in its commercial and standards activities, although the International System of Units (SI, often referred to as “metric”) is commonly used in both the US Armed Forces and in fields relating to science, and increasingly in medicine, aviation, government as well as various sectors of industry.

Millimeter Chain © Naomi Muirhead
Millimeter Chain © Naomi Muirhead

Metric systems

Red 10cm Pendant © Naomi Muirhead
Red 10cm Pendant © Naomi Muirhead

A number of metric systems of units have evolved since the adoption of the original metric system in France in 1791. The current international standard metric system is the International System of Units. An important feature of modern systems is standardization. Each unit has a universally recognized size. Both the Imperial units and US customary units derive from earlier English units. Imperial units were mostly used in the British Commonwealth and the former British Empire. US customary units are still the main system of measurement used in the United States despite Congress having legally authorized metric measure on 28 July 1866. Some steps towards US metrication have been made, particularly the redefinition of basic US units to derive exactly from SI units, so that in the US the inch is now defined as 0.0254 m (exactly), and the avoirdupois pound is now defined as 453.59237 g (exactly). (Source: Wikipedia)

Metric Rings © Naomi Muirhead
Metric Rings © Naomi Muirhead
Centimeter Pendant © Naomi Muirhead
Centimeter Pendant © Naomi Muirhead

What does your life measure up to? It’s all in the details….

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