Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!!

I am shocked to see that the last post I listed was back in June! Oops. I have certainly been creating since then. I’ll have to post some bits that show you all what I have been up to in that time 🙂

Happy creating 🙂

Wirework Skulls Cameo and Nails Pendant

My three main craft loves are polymer clay, wirework and beadweaving. I tend to go through phases of what I create/work on. Some of that is down to what is interesting and influencing me at the time but also it is heavily influenced by what I have out on my craft desk!

I have to say that for me I tend to get a lot of tools and materials out – both on my craft desk and all over the craft room floor – when I’m working on something so I’ll tend to keep on working on that for a while.

Anyone else work like this?

I would love some kind of system of easily storing interim projects – and not just putting them in to a box “to be finished” at a later date!

So recently is has been wirework. Wrapping, twisting, coiling. My supply of wires of different colours and sizes are out of the floor and many wirework tools are out over my craft table.

Here’s a project I worked on recently for a Goth friend who was going through a challenging time. It’s a handmade pendant (the cameo was purchased but I put the backing on this) encased in wire with nail clusters added. He loves it 🙂

Wirework Skull Cameo and Nails pendant FloRaeMe

You can also find a video of this on my instagram feed: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxkF2rwFI6q/


Amber Inspired Beads

I’ve been really lax at writing any blog posts of late. I was reminded of that only when I got my renewal reminder from WordPress and realised that I wasn’t using what I’m paying for!

So here’s a little post on the beads I’ve just posted on my Folksy.

I made these amber inspired beads from premo polymer clay with inclusions to add a little interest.

Another Walk in the World of Photography

A few years ago, I took a wander in the world of jewellery/crafting and photography. Now, after a few years away from selling things in my shop and taking anything other than point and click photos, I think I need to revisit that place again.

When I did my previous experiment, I was exasperated at trying to get a good, clear and accurate photo of my creations using my digital camera. I had read manuals, guides and tutorials on how to get good photos, but I still found that my photos were giving me varied results. The consensus seemed to be that it’s preferable to use a white background for your creations, especially jewellery. However in doing this the camera sees all the white in the background and assumes that the picture is being over exposed – the whiter and brighter I tried to get my photos it seemed the darker they turned out. To compensate for this I used the exposure plus setting which helped somewhat, but I still had those white backgrounds turning out a little blue or grey.  Although you can edit photos using software, the free software I was using altered the colour of the creation, which of course I didn’t want.

So I ran an experiment photographing yellow beads on different coloured backgrounds but keeping the camera settings the same each time. You can see the resulting photos in my other article, but on doing this experiment the conclusions I drew were that you have to adjust the lighting and background colours in your photo until you find the setting that works best with the piece you are photographing. So sadly it seems, there is no simple answer.

Now having a camera phone which is more powerful than my digital camera, I have tried (so far in vain) to work it all out again.  I’ve been using the AI mode – so the camera/phone does a lot of the work but as I don’t have a tripod, a slight change in angle of the camera (so easy to do) can mean a change in camera settings. Yep and as we now know, a slight change in settings can result in a different colour rendition of the beads/creation on each photograph. See below for my little experiment using the same background but 1 photo uses the AI setting on my phone camera and the other the pro setting with a slight “plus exposure” added. In the last photo, it’s actually different neutral backgrounds using the AI. Do you have a favourite?

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Yep, looks like its back to work for me to understanding the the pro setting on my camera and all its uses and testing every set of beads or creation with a different background! Oh and maybe purchasing a tripod would be good.

A Little Snack

I cooked up these cutesy polymer clay ice lolly charms a few weeks ago.

Ice lolly charms polymer clay FloRaeMe (2) (800x800)

I used a previous design of mine from when I made a “day at the seaside” charm bracelet for a Bead (now Bead and Jewellery) magazine. I took my chocolate coated ice cream design and turned it into these lovely kawaii strawberry ice lollies – or “mivvies” as we call them in the UK.

I had to test them out to see how well they work as earrings! :))

Ice lolly Kawaii polymer clay charms FloRaeMe (5) (800x572)

I get plenty of compliments on these and requests for making more.