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.
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?
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.
I cooked up these cutesy polymer clay ice lolly charms a few weeks ago.
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! :))
I get plenty of compliments on these and requests for making more.
Fabulous stegosaurus drop beading pattern just released. See link below. Can’t wait to get stuck into this one!!
Check out @Pinkhot_uk’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Pinkhot_uk/status/1035447348892250112?s=09
I don’t as much time to blog as I would like. Actually I don’t get as much time to create as I would like, yet my blogging time seems even shorter!
A good part of my blog posts are written on the bus, when I’m on the way to meet with a friend, visit the City or off to my day job. I’m sat on the bus now – It doesn’t provide the most inspired of spaces but if it’s the only time I get to write a little, crop and resize my photos etc, well then I’ll take it!
There’s less functionality in the app, so I’ll perhaps edit this later on, but this is my post for now.
I’m sure many creative minds and crafty folk can appreciate my struggle.
So whilst this isn’t a very photo deserving blog post, I’ll just leave a little link to my Ferris wheel carriage earrings boomerang photo on Instagram.
I’ve been working on this project for the last week or so. This lovely pattern is by Threadabead and is part of their beaded fairground collection.
The baskets are just adorable and I think would make quite sweet earrings!
The wheel is designed to spin but when I popped the baskets on, they turned out to be too long. I’ll have to do some tinkering to make them a little shorter. Adding another bugel bead was not enough.
I had so much fun making this and despite the extra long baskets it still looks fab 🙂 Check out the spinning wheel on my Instagram!
I have made a few of these teeny beaded post boxes now. They are so fun and quick to make.
The pattern is by thread a bead www.threadabead.com as part of their beaded village collection.
There’s a vid of this on my instagram!