We've all heard of Youtube, but Benchtube? This is an awesome resource from the Ganoksin project (aka Orchid). Grab some tea, and hunker down to watch a ton of video's on jewelry making, fabrication techniques, studio tours...and tons more besides. It's on my agenda for later this evening. I promised myself I wouldn't delve too deep until I get some work done :-)
I really can't say enough good things about Orchid. Whether you're a goldsmith, wireworker, metal clay artist...or even just interested in jewelry. There is a huge wealth of information available here.
From Ganoksin.com :
The Ganoksin project provides a variety of quality services for the gem and jewelry community. We work hard to maintain the high standards of our services for the benefit of our visitors. Our services are provided free of charge and to the benefit to all.
Ganoksin is dedicated to serve the information needs of the world's jewelers. It is our mission to educate, improve working conditions and facilitate sharing between goldsmiths globally. Ganoksin continues improving access to information for productivity, safety, skills and education of all jewelers, professionals and hobbyists.
Ganoksin maintains a substantial library of articles, publications, reports, and technical data on gem and jewelry related topics; many of which were authored by some of the most esteemed writers within their respective fields. In addition, this site contains a sizable collection of art and jewelry galleries, for both the casual visitor and the professional.
Ganoksin also provide members blogs and forums for the exchange of information and opinion; with contributors from all over the world speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences, covering a full range of topics of interest to the jeweler and the gemologist.