Yesterday afternoon, my favorite DHL international courier delivered a package of spirit level vials to my doorstep. It's a delightful moment whenever they arrive. I work with a small family owned company overseas, and I'm never quite sure exactly what each package will hold.
The modern spirit level, the type you see here, was designed in 1920, by Henry Ziemann, founder of Empire Level . "Spirit" refers to the bubble of ethanol inside. Ethanol is used because it has a very low freezing point, -114C
This makes it ideal for carpenters and masons to work outside.
I have always been fascinated with creating jewelry out of every day objects. The ends of each level will be precison ground and dry fit to sterling end caps, as I prepare them for their final destination as jewelry.
More than you may have ever wanted to know about spirit levels, but I love them!