Friday, February 29, 2008

An Etsy Artist Feature of the Day

Today I am featuring the designs of Contrariwise. She works magic with silver wire. Take a look at her shop:

These swirled earrings are a design I especially like.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Winter??? or Spring?

Here in North Carolina it's easy to forget that it's still winter. We've had some warm days and things are starting to bloom. I picked these daffodils the other day before it turned cold again.

These Lenten Roses are blooming all

over my yard.

It's nice to know that winter won't last forever.

Monday, February 18, 2008

A Challenge for Me

I have found that photographing my work for the internet is very challenging. I have been working to improve my pictures. I have tried the following:

Making a Light Box - I used a tutorial on Instructables. It didn't cost me a thing because I had all the materials right in my basement. I used an old moving box, some thin white cloth, and duct tape.

Trying different light sources. Right now I am using some halogen desk type lamps at the sides of the box and a gooseneck desk lamp over the top. I just bought a GE Reveal flood type bulb today. I don't know how it will work yet.

Purchased Photoshop software to edit my photos. It is definitely better than the HP software that came with our printer.

Using a tripod and sometimes the timer option on my camera.

Adjusting the white balance to incandescent and adjusting the EV setting for each picture. I have been experimenting with different EV settings for each pose and then choosing the best look when I edit the pictures.

These are some things I am trying. I have been trying to replace all the pictures in my Etsy shop, but it is a slow process. I think the pictures are getting better.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

My Weekend

I spent the past weekend taking a Silversmithing Class. It was a great class. We made a pair of sterling silver earrings and 3 bracelets. I learned lots more about soldering and finishing silver pieces. I'll be adding some items to my Etsy shop as soon as I get more supplies. I added some pictures of my work. I will be taking part 2 of the class in March. Now I just have to find the time to use all this new knowledge.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Back at Work Today

Last week the belt on my jewelry tumbler broke. When I tried to order a new one they were backordered for about a month. I was so bummed. I can't get the polish on my wire work without that tumbler. I decided to search the internet for another source and low and behold Ebay had the belts. They were cheaper and better quality. They arrived yesterday. Yeah!!

Today I had two tutoring students out sick, so I had extra time and spent all of it working on some new earring designs. They are in the tumbler now. I hope to have pictures in a few days.

It felt great to be able to get back to my jewelry designs.

Monday, February 4, 2008

First Blog

I am a jewelry designer trying to work on promoting my shop on the web. I am working on creating this blog. It is a work in progress. This is definitely a learning process for me. We'll see how it goes.

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