It's been a long summer, not that I'm implying summer is over, and I'm glad of that. Summer, and sunshine, feels like a respite from the colder, darker parts of the year; it's the reward for getting through the trickier bits. Having written that, I'm aware it makes me sound like I dislike the colder months and I don't. I like the drama of seasons, but I find the warmth of summer easier. Although this summer we've also had our share of rainy weather too in the UK, and the really hot days could probably be counted on both hands. But not feet.
This Jewelled Web is a little delayed, in some ways; despite my best intentions I missed August's edition and although I was going to upload it late, events conspired and all that, and it instead turned into September's Link Love.
I hope your summer has been long and warm and really rather nice. I hope it lasts a little bit longer too.
Making jewellery = a bad back. I'll be reading this feature over a few times, looking for some hints.
I do love the idea of keeping a kiln in a fireplace...
Soldering tips? No, you can't have too many - parts one, two and three from Art Jewelry Elements.
A tutorial for adding some thread tassels to jewellery. This could be adapted even if you don't work with beads.
A beautiful cross-over between painting and jewellery.
How to make a slide bracelet.
Cold connections, for when you don't want to solder.
From eBay, a handy guide to gauges, and the ideal size for different jewellery projects.
A video on how to get your hand-made ear wires to be matching sizes.
Reading is good for you. I knew it.
Such amazing photographs from the winners of the Ecology Image Competition, but Waterlilies in Madagascar in my favourite.
Still amazed by the images sent back from Pluto in July, planet or not...
Drinking customs around the world; how to drink alcohol in Uzbekistan.
And look here for amazing images of tribes from all over the globe.
How many facial expressions do horses have? Do sheep really recognise each other?
How many everyday items are actually easier to use than we think?
Heard of Myers-Briggs but not sure what it is? It seems it applies to London tube lines...
I'm going to start adding a taste of what I'm reading, have been reading, and perhaps even hope to read very soon to my Jewelled Web posts. Links will, most likely, mainly be to Amazon, and may well be affiliate ones, but don't let you put that off; whether you click them or not, buy something or nothing, it won't cost you a thing. For more info, check my affiliate info here.
My Own Personal Book Club ~ this month I've been reading...
Oh Sugar by Katherine Bassford which is about how we just eat too much sugar that we don't need and it's actually bad for us. It's a little unnerving, but if you start viewing food as medicine, why would you take something that makes you ill...It's also wonderfully sane about trying to cut sugar down, and how everything bit you avoid really can help.
Queen Mab by Kate Danley, a retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but the more I read the more I love it. Yes, chances are you know the tale but this is one of the kost refreshing versions of it I've read (still reading!)
The Complete Jewellery Maker edited by Jinks McGrath - a more detailed review will follow soon, but this large and well-illustrated compendium is giving me lots of food for though - sugar-free of course...
Have a good start to September!