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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “got the antiquing done and some size reference pics. as always 5thew antiquing looks darker…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Fish on”:
    “Your fish is wonderful! I really like the combination of the hefty dark chain, the abalone…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Pretty in rustic pink”:
    “Love the dark chain with the gorgeous pink opal!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “copper blue”:
    “What an interesting piece! The three views are so different that it almost looks like a…” read »

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    A Groundwater on “Starfish with Love”:
    “Love this. I can never tire of this type of bracelet! :) …” read »

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    A Groundwater on “💜Moonstone💜”:
    “Thanks so much, everyone! You are all so lovely and sweet :) The grey…” read »

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    T thornton on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Love the Misty look. Like a lake in Scotland.I love the thought you put into it.…” read »

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    T thornton on “Spring Birds”:
    “I am in love with these. Couldn't be any more perfect. Your an amazing artist. Keep…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “you really should try something of the sort, just take it a step at a…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Easy Does It”:
    “A modern, simple, and effective way to show off a beautiful bead or stone!…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

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    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

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    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

Photography tips


About this design:

It's frustrating when trying to share images of your work and the photos just don't seem to do the trick. If it would be helpful to you, here's a few things I've learned that might be worth a try and don't take any expensive or fancy set up.

1. Take the photos outdoors, but not in direct sunlight. I have a place on a covered porch that seems to work well for me. This could make a huge difference in the quality of your photos.
2. I'm not super familiar with my camera, but I just point and shoot, probably 12-18 inches away. I do need to read more on line tutorials about this, I admit.
3. My best tip...try picnic.com for photo editing, if you don't have one on your computer. The basics are free and are enough for my work. In the basic edits, first I resize the photo to 900 to 1000 in the largest dimension. Then, I work with the crop feature. Next is sharpness and clarity. Then, exposure, and maybe saturation. This is usually all I need to do to make a big improvement. Then, it's on to adding text and a frame. Last, save of course. Just playing around with a few photos will teach you a lot about these editing tools.

Components:

First photo is editing in picnic.com Second is the original.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lynda, thanks so much for these great tips! This is an area in which I could use a lot of improvement. :) It’s interesting to see the contrast (especially in the colors) between the two photos. 8)

    I love the necklace you created, too! What are the components?

  2. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the good info, Lynda. Luckily I have a Mac with iPhoto and like picnic it allows for all kinds of adjustment and corrections.

    The one thing that I might add to help get a good picture in the first place is use a tripod. I find it virtually impossible to hold these small cameras still enough so I use one for every shot.

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Another good tip! Thanks, Nancy! :D

  4. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks, Nancy, for another useful tip about the tripod. I sometimes use the Joby Gorillapod. Easy to set up and use.

    Thanks for the reminder on the components of this necklace. Large wood beads, round painted wood beads, and smaller round amber beads for a bit of shine. The piece has great presence but without the weight.

    Lynda

  5. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks for the info, Lynda! :D

  6. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Great info!!!!! Thanks

  7. Violet
    Violet says:

    Pretty, and thanks for the tips

  8. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Hello, again,
    Just found this blog site on photography today. This post may definitely be worth reading and trying out. A $6.00 jewelry photography set up.
    Check it out…
    http://viauphotography.blogspo.....on-to.html

    Lynda

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