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Hello! While Antonio keeps the blog up-to-date with useful tips and interesting interviews, I have been working away in the background on some upcoming changes to the store as well as gettng in new products and spending some time on actual jewelry-making! Isn’t it nice when we have time for the things we love?

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Fancy Background & Props!

As much as I love all things steampunk, (hence my deep love for the Wunderkammer blog) I have never really done much of it myself so I took the opportunity to change that when I found these wonderful antiqued copper and brass jumprings. Paired with some gunmetal rings I already had lying around, they were just begging to be made into something pretty. I dug around in my stash and came up with some brass wings as well and that’s when I suddenly had an image in my mind of what I wanted.

Really this necklace took very little time to make once the sudden inspiration moment hit; well as little time as opening and closing all these tiny rings can! Of course, the effort and time put into something doesn’t always equal the results and I am fantastically happy with this piece despite its relatively simple construction.

The big challenge came in trying to photograph it. See, I work half the time at an office with the rest of my team; the programmer, the designer, etc, and the other half the time at home. At the office I have a nice tripod but rather yellow artificial light and windows that generally don’t let in much sunlight even at the best of times. At home, however, I have nice big windows that face west and therefore lots of natural light even on crappy days… but no tripod. The tripod isn’t such a big deal when its really bright but in partial brightness and with a macro lens and fancy DSLR, my hands are just not steady enough. I was also playing around with more interesting backgrounds and props having been inspired by Heather’s photography; I want to find a set and props that are fun and distinctive and neutral enough to complement any piece.

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Simple Hemp Necklace Display

Needless to say, I have not quite found what I want yet and the one picture that turned out mostly ok (a little fuzzy but we’ll blame the aperture for that) seems to me a bit cluttered and busy – its hard to know that the necklace is the focal point. Still, I think the background has some potential if I can find the right way to use it… maybe further away and more out of focus… and I like the dragon despite its tendency to let chain easily slip between its head and wings and then refuse to come back out!

The second photograph was taken at the office in artificial lighting and then adjusted a bit in Photoshop to correct the color balance. While its technically a pretty nice photograph, I can’t help but feel its a little boring and certainly doesn’t tell anyone, at a glance, who took it.

What do you think, dear reader? Does my collage of Da Vinci scribblings have some potential or is it just too distracting? Is the necklace display unbearably boring or is a technically good photograph enough?

Take care & happy crafting!

Posted by Emily 3 comments


  1. Comment by Jp — February 10, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    I can’t really see the color of the necklace :)


  2. Comment by Beadswax — February 11, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    That’s cool. It’s kind of a rustic theme to me. Great for accenting white outfits for that classic feel.


  3. Comment by Emily — February 18, 2010 @ 1:56 pm



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