Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sparkle Quest

This blog records my process of creating art jewelry, with adventures, examples, and techniques! Not to mention creative inspiration! Click on the images to enlarge.

I have this really pretty Valentine's necklace - actually I have two of them, because I knew as soon as I made it that I wanted one for myself and one to sell. The hard part is capturing how sparkly the crystals are on this piece and how beautifully the dark pink seed beads complement the pale pink Swarovski crystals. Not to mention somehow conveying the way the silver disks are in constant movement against the silver balls.

Up until now I've been photographing my pieces against pastel-color scrapping paper, with a nice texture, and it's been great for most of my pieces. Below you see my PRESENT technique.

So ... since I really love MangoTango's technique of shooting against rippled glass, I tried a couple shots against my patio table with hot pink paper underneath (my EXPERIMENTAL technique). Now Miss Mango's stuff is mostly silver, and mine is silver and glass, so I don't know how successful it is for my jewelry. I mean, it's beautiful, but does it show the necklace well?

All I know is I really want stuff in my shop to POP. So it's a work in progress. Here are some of the other photos I took, compared with the photos presently in my shop. Which technique do you think is better?


Candace said...

I LOVE the new technique! I think the dark pink paper really makes the color POP! I would keep trying the darker color paper and the glass top is a wonderful idea. Keep at it. I'm sure you'll achieve the feel you want seem to be on the right track.

Jen said...

I like the new photos, but I think for that particular necklace, the second photo you show - with the lighter pink and focused mostly on the pendant is better at showing off the piece. The red shows truer and the pendant is showcased well.

Bead on a Wire

SToNZ said...

I think that the lighter pink is better so that the jewelry shows up better. You want to draw the eye to the jewelry, not the colored paper. Contrast helps. I also like seeing the earrings straight on hanging down as they'd be worn, rather than lying flat. Best of luck!

Claudia said...