Took a day off in the studio to go daytripping in search of blueberries. It seems we're a bit early. The plants are easing into fall, though the summer's been so short I think they're a little confused.
This lovely fat caterpillar was happily munching on an alder. I wish him (her?) many, many alder loving offspring. Indian pipe are so enticing in their ghostly garb and they posed so demurely for their photo.
I have been puttering away in my studio, but there's nothing really to show and tell, so I'd thought I'd post some useful jewellery links I've found.
Recently I was getting a bit of metal sheared and discovered I was speaking a different language than the guy behind the counter with regards to the thickness of copper. He was talking ounces, and I was confused. Here's a helpful chart I found that cleared things up:
Another conversion I find I am often making is between grams and troy ounces. This quick link gives you an instant answer: http://www.metric-conversions.org/weight/grams-to-troy-ounces.htm
For the hardness of gems, a rudimentary chart can be found here: http://www.jewelry-design-gemstone.com/mohs-scale.html
International ring sizing methods vary considerably! This is a very useful link to help determine what size you're looking for, or convert from a size you know you have:
If I encounter technical roadblocks when I'm fabricating jewellery, there are two sources I tend to check first. Most jewelers are familiar with Ganoksin, their "Tips from the Jeweler's Bench" archive is great for getting lost in: http://www.ganoksin.com/
I also find the folks on the Starving Jewelry Artists forum very helpful:
One more resource that is probably very helpful, but I just haven't checked often is Rio's (newish?) blog: The Studio: http://riograndeblog.com/
Hopefully you'll find these to be of some use. If you have useful links you'd like to pass along, please feel free!