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mister bojangles


About this design:

Taking technical baby steps -- that is, trying to move beyond just stringing -- I experimented with some copper links and jump rings. :)

Components:

Bracelet: Copper disks and jump rings, gold quartz twisted rectangles, copper S-clasp. Earrings: Copper disks and yellow jade nuggets.



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  1. Green Eyed Lady Chick
    Green Eyed Lady Chick says:

    This is gorgous! I love it, you did a great job keep experimenting would love to see more!

  2. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Susan, you went right from baby steps to running! This is beautiful – but then I’m not the least bit surprised. It still has your “signature” style. Can’t wait to see more.

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    Judith Ann Boyer says:

    Adorable! I agree with Kitty Mom…You have this wire wrapping down, you are off and running!! :)

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Fabulous Susan! I have to agree with Linda, you are off and running! Don’t stop now!

    I’d also like to comment on your photography skills. Your pieces show such beautiful detail and lighting. Any suggestions for us photographer wanna’ be’s?

  5. Purple Chick aka Violet
    Purple Chick aka Violet says:

    This is gorgeous !!! Beautiful job !!!!!

  6. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    Lovely and those twisted quartz beads are awesome.

  7. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    What a lovely set! The name is pretty cool, too! Great job on the wire wraps.

  8. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Really like this Susan! (still looks like you tho!) :)

  9. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Thank you all for your encouragement. Working this way, with wraps and rings, requires a lot of patience compared to stringing…something I’m sometimes lacking. :-)

    Re: the photography, I’m afraid I only have one suggestion: have a professional shoot your stuff.

    I can’t take credit for any of my shots — they were taken by an amazing photographer/friend Rick Luettke (www.luettkestudio.com). He does all kinds of work, but I especially love his fashion and landscape photos. Check out his website, he is so talented!

    We spent Saturday shooting so I have about a dozen new pix to post…this is one of them. :)

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    Valley Girl says:

    Love the gold quartz in this… beautiful!

  11. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    You know, I shouldn’t have been so flip about photography advice. I’m really sorry if I sounded dismissive — I recognize that not everyone is going to have the opportunity to have their work shot by a professional.

    Yes, I do have some suggestions. (I used to earn a living as a photographer and supervise a lot of photography in the course of my “day job.”)

    First thing: I like to keep it simple. I avoid fussy set-ups because they detract from and diminish the piece. I use stone tiles but there are other simple options, from a wooden table to a piece of burlap. Pick a background color that provides sufficent contrast, too. (Use darker shades with lighter stones, lighter shades with darker stones.)

    Second: It really helps to get in close. You may need to buy a camera with a “macro” feature to do so. But the beauty of the gemstones is lost when you shoot from too far away.

    Third: Camera flashes are so harsh. Try shooting in natural light. Set your pieces by a window on a nice sunny day. Then get yourself a piece of white cardboard and experiment with reflecting the natural light onto the piece from another direction. This will give your pieces more dimension. It will also make faceted stones shimmer and shine. (It helps to have someone else holding the card while you take the shot.)

    Fourth: When we shoot, we experiment with different camera angles. Not every piece has to be shot from directly above or positioned in the center of the frame.

    Hope that gives you something to go on, Mary/Sweet Chick. If I think of any other tips, I will post them.

  12. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    I love this bracelet, it is stunning. Great job on the wire wrapping. Fave.

  13. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    This is a beautiful set. I love the copper disks, and they are well set off by the gold quartz. Stunning! Into my faves!

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    Carla B says:

    For me, I don’t sell from photographs, so getting a professional to do the photography isn’t necessary. I just shoot some pieces to post here.

  15. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Great work, Susan! Absolutely lovely!

  16. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Very nice to bad you ran out of the quartz for earrings..the other goes okay though…

  17. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Actually, I didn’t run out of the quartz. I made the two pieces on separate occasions. We just thought they looked nice together, so we shot them that way. :-)

    But you’re absolutely right, Stormy. I should make a matching pair of earrings. More and more people have been asking me to make something else to “match” the piece they’re purchasing.

  18. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Very nice Susan. Love your new wire wrapping and jump ring skills! It’ll start to feel like second nature before long and you won’t mind adding a dangle even here and there to your stringing projects!

    I have lots of customers who want matching sets too, though these photographed together look lovely. Looking forward to seeing your other new ‘pretties’! SLS

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    :-D Thank you Susan for the photography tips!!
    I’m pretty much doing what you suggested, I guess it’s just going to take practice, practice, practice……..or hire a professional! (NOT!)
    ;-)

  20. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Sorry Susan i guess i thought they where a set! I made a bracelet and earrings once out of lampwork and copper and the gal only wanted them if it had a necklace…I looked for weeks and could,t find more lampwork like what I had…Now I just figure this is it and hope you like it!… You have the majic tough in what ever you do..:)

  21. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is really nice, and the name is so neat, I wonder if Linda will singing this song too :)

  22. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    I forgot to add,, I really like those g. quartz ..

  23. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Hey Doc,
    Spread your wings! I cannot wait to see where your journey takes you.
    Wonderfully designed.
    Thank you!
    SSS

  24. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Wonderful wire work, Susan! :D

    Thanks for the photography tips, too! They are very much appreciated! 8)

  25. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Beautiful ! Great work :)

  26. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Very nice!

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    Immediately into my favs, then I got a treat when I read photograpy advice!! As always, thanks for sharing, Dok!!

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