This week I continued my progress on an ammonite and rutilated quartz pendant.
As I said in my beginning post on this project last week, my goal for this piece is to create the illusion that the two stones are fused together.
I worked towards creating that by doing a very simple wrap on the ammonite piece
Once I had the ammonite wrapped, I created a simple wrap around the edges of the rutilated quartz piece. I am trying to keep all of the wrapping work simple to really emphasize the natural beauty in the combination of the stones.
I wrapped the ammonite to the boundary on the rutilated quartz from the back.
As you can see in the top picture, I left two wires open at the top where I will create the bail, the place where the necklace will hang from.
Artist- Sarah Orlik
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The TCL Stylus 5G, revealed Thursday by TCL, is one of the cheaper stylus-equipped phones, hitting the
market at under $300. The phone arrives June 2 at T-Mobile and Metro stores starting
at $258 (roughly £210, AU$360), and is bundled with a few productivity apps for
free for the life of the device.Outdoor photo taken on the TCL Stylus 5G.
The phone has a 6.81-inch full HD display at 1080p resolution, includes 128GB of storage with 4GB of memory, a 4,000-mAh battery and it runs on a MediaTek
Dimensity 700 5G chip. Android 12 is included,
making this one of the cheaper phones shipping with the latest software
version, along with a TCL skin.On the back are four cameras, including a 50-megapixel main camera,
a 5-megapixel super-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera
and a 2-megapixel depth sensor camera. Along the front is a 13-megapixel selfie camera.
I was able to take a few outdoor photos on the phone during my demo on an overcast day and found them to include some details of nearby buildings, but a more thorough
photography test would still be needed to get a better idea about what the cameras can handle.The phone also supports 18W fast charging, which is fast in comparison to other phones
in the $200-to-$300 price range. There’s also a headphone jack, which is common in this price range but still disappearing in more expensive phones.
A microSD card slot is also available for expanding the storage by up to 2TB.
The Nebo note-taking app and MyScript Calculator 2 are included with the TCL Stylus
The Stylus 5G includes the Nebo note-taking app, normally available in Google Play for $12, and MyScript Calculator 2, normally
$3 in Google Play, both of which are optimized for use with the
stylus. Nebo functions as a digital notebook, while the calculator app lets you handwrite formulas, which are then translated into the equation and an answer.
There are indeed many, many note-taking and calculator apps
available for Android that also support handwriting, but including a few
premium apps is a good perk to pair with
the phone’s stylus.The stylus itself is magnetic, and during
my hands-on demo with the phone I found that this helps pull the stylus back into the phone when reinserting it into its slot.
Much like other stylus-equipped phones, removing the stylus brings up a list of apps
that include a GIF-maker and a magnifying glass tool. Removing the stylus while the phone is unlocked also brings up a quick note app on the lockscreen, meant for jotting something down and saving it for later.The phone has four
cameras on the back, including a 50-megapixel main camera.
Much of these specs are comparable to the $300 , released earlier this year, and this TCL
phone comes in at a slightly lower price. However, what
gives me some pause about the phone is that it only includes one major software update
and two years of security updates. Both Samsung and Motorola are
promising longer security update timelines in this price range, roughly four to five
years with the former and three years for the latter, a factor that
could be very significant if you are looking to use a phone
for as long as possible.
We still need to give this phone a more thorough review,
but at its price there are some nice conveniences included in the TCL Stylus 5G.
It’s one of the cheapest phones that includes a stylus, Android 12 and
5G — that could be all you need as long as you know that it’s only getting two years of security updates.