After the third or fourth time I caught myself bingeing on half-serious research jags ("What are we going to do tonight, Brain?" "I dunno, Pinky... hey, let's see what we can learn about Frankish/Kentish crystal balls!") I thought maybe I should save the work somehow. So, Pinterest.
I'm actually loving it. It's a fantastic way to assemble a huge number of examples of a thing so that you can see the trends and styles that the thing has.
Speaking of which, in the course of trolling for pins, I've discovered antiquities auction sites. Boy howdy! What a great way to look at a variety of mostly run-of-the-mill metal detector finds. It's nice to counterbalance the (absolutely fantastic) princely burial finds, and to again get a feel for how the various decorative motifs were applied (or not applied) to various kinds of objects.
...I've also noticed that some of these workaday bronze items are within my price range... Is there an ethical issue with buying a thousand-year old artifact and using it as part of one's garb?