New scale construction

If you follow us on Facebook, you know we posted a new idea we wanted to share with you.  (If you don’t follow us, you should. )  If you saw our post, what you may not have noticed is that the construction of the scales was different than normal.  In working with designs that span multiple scales, we wanted more room.  We found when you stack scales with the normal European 4-1 construction, so much space is lost on everything but the front scale.  We wanted to change that.

Instead of  using the traditional Euro 4-1 construction, we used a gridlock construction.  It drops all the scales down further giving us more room to put designs on all the scales.  The one thing we have noted is that doing it this way tends to cup the scales back, the further (longer) you go with it.  We have made lots of earrings with this method, but haven’t gone any further, so we can’t tell you how it would work out for larger projects.

If you do something with it this way, drop us a note and let us know how it works out for you.


For the more visual among us, here is a picture of the “gridlock” construction.