Yep, I used the brown shard shaped beads on the left. To tell the story of the design, I invite you back in time with me to 2013 and the January Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month. I loved the pie beads by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio that were the component that month. I eventually got one, and it’s been sitting in my stash for a few years.
Allegory Gallery, Andrew Thornton, Gaea, Heather Powers, Helen Backhouse, Helen's Bat Cave, Humblebeads, Karen Totten, Majoyoal, Mari Carmen Rodriguez Martinez, Starry Road Studio, Supply Your Soul, Vintaj
Heather Powers of Humblebeads makes great polymer clay beads. She also makes beautiful jewelry, and recently shared some tips and design ideas on a Work Table Wednesday video on her Humblebeads VIP Party Facebook page. She has made a colorful innovation to her classic bird beads. In the video, she shows that she has also used the technique to make owls and offers some cute ideas to use each in pretty necklaces. I was inspired to use the bird I have.
I had so many ideas; this shows just a few of the beads I considered using. Heather showed a variety of leaves and birds together. I thought about using this beautiful black round by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio because I love the black with the grey bird. But I couldn’t resist using a leaf. I don’t actually have a lot of leaves in my stash, but this one by Helen Backhouse of Helen’s Bat Cave went so well with the gold in the bird. I loved the idea of using a Vintaj acorn bead cap. I also loved this mottled brown ceramic bead by Mari Carmen Rodriguez Martinez of Majoyoal. But I decided I wanted a pop of the pink/purple in the bird. Some choices included dark and light purple ceramic beads by Gaea and a plastic bead. In the end, I used a polymer clay nugget by Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery. I used some beautiful patina ball chain in the Steampunk color from Supply Your Soul.
I couldn’t resist also using Heather’s idea to put a flower bead in a bead cap to make a little “crown” on top of the bird. This project was a lot of fun. It’s simple and easily customized to the beads you have available.
Fanciful Devices, Foldio, Halcraft USA, Heather Millican, Heather Powers, Humblebeads, Janel Goolsby, Jera Luna Designs, Karen Totten, Marina Rios, Nancy Adams, Round Rabbit, Starry Road Studio, Swoondimples
Many of my photos are dreadful. Sometimes I don’t even want to share my work because I can’t get a decent photo of it. I live in Wisconsin, and we are not known for our good light. I’m using my iPhone for a camera and don’t anticipate changing that. I’ve been thinking of getting or making a light box for a while, but which one?
Recently I saw a Facebook post by Heather Powers of Humblebeads praising the Foldio. I figure she has taken plenty of good jewelry photos! Plus, in checking it out, it was affordable, ultra easy to set up and use (I’m extremely impatient) and very portable.
All of the photos in this post were taken shortly after I opened the foldio and set it up without even really reading the few sentences of instructions. It was extremely easy to use, and already these pictures, such as the one of the bean beads above by Heather Millican of swoondimples, are better than most of the photos I’ve ever taken. And these were taken at night. I just had to post right away because I’m so excited to have this tool!
I’ll still need to practice to get good at avoiding shadows and keeping my hand steady. Above is a gorgeous pendant by Marina Rios of Fanciful Devices. The photo could use some improvement, but I think I wouldn’t have gotten one this good without the Foldio because the image is covered with mica and difficult to photograph.
I’ll also need to experiment with the different background colors. These beads by Janel Goolsby of Jera Luna Designs look great on this white background (although it looks a little grey). All but the heart were totally washed out when I tried them on black.
This is a bead kit I won from Halcraft USA. When I got it yesterday, I posted a photo of it on Facebook. I took it at night in my kitchen (the best light in the house until the Foldio came along) and it didn’t show true to color at all. It came out very green. Here I took a picture at around the same time at night in the Foldio, and it is a much better representation of what the beads really look like.
Here are a few tests on the black background.
Black and white pendant by Nancy Adams of Round Rabbit.
Connector by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio.
I think the black background will be the hardest to use. I also seem to end up taking pictures that are closer and I’m not used to adjusting them yet. But I’m excited about how I will be able to improve my pictures and take photos when I have time rather than always trying to find light and take pictures only when I happen to be home during the day.
I love visiting my family. It is my favorite thing to do. I just love hanging with them. I was lucky enough to recently have several days with my parents. In addition to being fun people, they are very generous and love to give me things I like. They have recently started going to estate sales again. They did that a lot when I was growing up. They collected and dealt in antiques. I have to admit that although I’m sure I complained as a young person, it gave me an appreciation of old things. I love old things, well-used and well-loved. Here are just a few (but by no means all) of the fun things they presented me with this visit.
These aren’t old, but they are typical of my dad. I mentioned to him that I needed some props for my jewelry photos. I said I liked the wood ones, and sent him this blog post by Karen Totten. By the time I showed up at his house, he had this nice piece of bark and big tree trunk slice. While there, he let me loose in the yard with pruning shears to cut off pieces of the trees to hang my earrings from.
My parents bought a lovely cherry table for the living room at an estate sale and went to pick it up while I was there. It had a drawer with some “junk” in it, including the glass pieces above. Inspired by a post from Shannon German of MissFickleMedia, I glommed onto them right away, and now they are at home with me for some future projects.
This is a gorgeous necklace my mother bought me at an estate sale because she said it looks just like me. It does! I love it just how the beads are, but I’m going to knot it on waxed linen and use a different clasp.
It’s fun to get lovely surprises or things you’ve asked for from people who know you. But the best thing is to have people you love in your life and get to spend time with them. I am one lucky girl!