No Glasses for Me

Today I went for my first eye test since primary school.  Yep, the last time I had an eye test was that long ago (over 12 years ago) and that was because I had a football accidentally kicked into my eye (didn’t hurt, I was fine).

When I was sent a letter and given vouchers for a free eye test, I thought it was about time I had my eyes tested.  Although I can see perfectly fine, I was a little worried that I hadn’t taken great care of my eyes.  After all I read my tablet at night, I worked on my computer at night (when I didn’t have a wall lamp) and I watched TV during those too-wide-awake-to-sleep nights.

Low and behold the test today wiped away my worries.  My eye sight is good – huzzah!

My eye reflexes aren’t too bad either…it took several puffs of whatever they “sprayed” to get the two readings they needed.  I also took the perception test using the Oculus.  No, it wasn’t the virtual reality gaming technology but it certainly felt like game.  Also, the scan of my eye looked pretty cool.  I would have taken a photo of it if I wasn’t too embarrassed to.

Lollipop Upgrade


From that to this:


I have two Android devices: a mobile and tablet. My tablet is about almost twice my mobile’s age yet it has the better operating system. The wonders of custom ROMs. I haven’t yet bothered installing a custom ROM for my mobile because it still works efficiently and doesn’t lag as much as my tablet did in ICS. However, there will be a time where my mobile needs to catch up with the new dandy OS but I’m going to wait to see which ROM is more reliable.

As for Lollipop I have only been using it for few hours but my tablet does seems a tad nippier. More may be spoken about the new upgrade when my Asus Transformer has been put to the test more. However, so far so good. The things I want to do right now is remove Google Search from the home screen and reduce the icon size.

Life Hacks for Jewellers #2: Masking Tape, Polishing String & Pearl Setting

Masking tape

Masking tape is useful for a lot of things but I like to use to prevent my pliers for marking my pieces.  For example, I’d wrap the nose of my pliers with several layers of masking tape.  That will then allow me to hold me pieces, for drilling or whatnot, without leaving any marks.

Polishing string

Image (c) Otto Frei

Image (c) Otto Frei

Take a few strands of the polishing string, apply rouge and polish the little nooks and crannies – a little bit like playing the violin but with bad technique.

Pearl setting wire


You can twist square wire using a vice, flat/parallel pliers and or pin vice.  Use what you have available.  Start twisting  a long piece of square wire so you’re essentially creating the thread of a screw and voila you have wire to set pearls on – cut to the size you need.  This means you can probably leave out the gluing stage – but of course feel free to apply a bit of glue for extra security – and screw you’re pearl onto the wire setting.

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