The Design Gallery

Follow along with step-by-step beading projects and share your designs with beaders around the world—it’s quick & easy!

Chatter

  • No Photo
    wellsdalakaJulie on “River Stones”:
    “This looks so peaceful and lovely, with all the elements in perfect balance.…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “River Stones”:
    “The stones are gorgeous whatever name they go by! I like your choice of smokey quartz…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Thank you LRC! I am anxious to try out your instructions. They are…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “River Stones”:
    “Yes, I believe it is the same stone, just a different name.…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Well rats! I goofed setting this whole thing up. That's what happens when you…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “River Stones”:
    “Love the soft muted colors! It looks like the pendant and the Wild Horse Jasper…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow! This is wonderful. Love these necklaces and tiger eye is a favourite of…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall?”:
    “I too love the bracelets you keep coming up with - you definitely have a wonderful…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I love the soft muted colours - so serene and relaxing. Beautiful design!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “I took a Class”:
    “Amazing! Can't believe this is your first time weaving! I am very impressed!…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall Tones”:
    “I love this colour mixture and the design is so appealing - very nice.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Ooooh - this is so cool and I love it all especially the turtles. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “River Stones”:
    “This is gorgeous - love the stones - love the design. Fantastic!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Beautiful Gail! I agree the turtles are such a cute addition.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Gifted”:
    “Thank you - still lots of wood beads left to play with.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “I took a Class”:
    “Thanks ladies. It was fun, but intense. Kept repeating the mantra: single up…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Gorgeous stone combo! And what a cute 'lil furry critter!…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Gorgeous!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Fall?”:
    “Yummy components and beads! I love your style and aesthetic!!!!!!!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “I took a Class”:
    “Love the weaving! Must have been a blast! :) …” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Turtle Beach”:
    “IMHO more is more! I love it either way but I am partial to extra details…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Fall?”:
    “Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments! This was certainly fun to make!…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “* would look GREAT with *…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “I love it! Very earthy and ethnic. It would look with a off-white flowing sun dress…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Glad to know I'm not the only one who fiddles. Great design. Love the soft…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Gifted”:
    “I like it too. Definitely has an ethnic vibe. Love wood, love all the components,…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “I took a Class”:
    “Wire weaving? You're a "greenie?" I'd say you are well on your way to being…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Fantastic color, excellent design. Love it! :) …” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Key boards and computers are not trustworthy..... they are electronic devices with minds of their own. Now…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Fall?”:
    “Ditto to all of the above comments. This is a great way to welcome fall...just…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Thanks for all of the compliments everyone. The tiger eye is one of my favorites.…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “It's funny because when I type my son's name it always changes it to "sidenote" or…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Thank You ladies!…” read »

  • Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I love copper and you really are the master.…” read »

  • Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings on “Gifted”:
    “Very,very nice.…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “I took a Class”:
    “Wow! I agree with Donna, this piece looks very complicated but you certainly did fantastic with…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Gifted”:
    “Oooooo! Wonderful tribal design!! Love the African clay beads and the wood spacers really set them…” read »

  • No Photo
    S Katoll on “Gifted”:
    “I've never seen such interesting wooden beads, and you've really highlighted them here. The African clay…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Fall?”:
    “You make the neatest bracelets. Wonderful work!…” read »

  • Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy on “Fall?”:
    “Very, very pretty. So talented.…” read »

A little bit goes a long way...


About this design:

I wanted to encourage everyone that with just a couple seconds of work on your photographs, you CAN make them look good. I use the free gimp program (linux version of Photoshop). While I am always aiming to take better pictures, until I get there, I can fix them. This series of 3 pictures shows you how simple it is. First, you see the original in the 2nd picture, see how dark it is? Even as a contributing artisan, I still judge the item by the picture first. SOOO important. The third is the auto white balance feature, but it looks kinda cartoony, now doesn't it? So, I play with the color balance, upping the lightness level a touch, and removing some of the contrast, and voila, we have picture number 1. While not a magazine worthy picture, it is still passable. And that's it, really. Oh, and it took me under 2 minutes to do, too! So until you learn to become a pro at taking pics, you can still show off your pieces to their best advantage, after all, you guys do GREAT WORK! And I want to see it in all its glory. :) I rearranged the pics, so you might look at it, see it's important, isn't it?

Components:

multiple

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Upload your photo to your computer
Step 2:
Open it using your preferred photo editing software
Step 3:
Use the auto white balance feature (look under help if you can't find it), in GIMP, it's under colors, side bar to Auto.
Step 4:
Using the Color Balance feature, smooth out the picture to your liking, I upped the lightness level, and lowered the contrast level.
Step 5:
Keep taking pictures, eventually you'll get it to where you don't really have to play with them, try upping the exposure to +.5 or +1 if your pics always come out too dark. Keep it up, b/c I want to see all those great pieces!


Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Thanks for the info! Taking good pictures is always hard…

  2. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    First (before I forget…) — what a great necklace — very lovely! :D

    Second — Thanks so much for the info on improving our photos!!! It is soooooo hard to get them right sometimes and your tips will help us a lot! Thanks again!!! :D

  3. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Great tips!!! SLS

  4. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Moonbell, thank you for the fabulous tips! Great necklace, by the way! ;)

  5. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    Great tips and a beautiful necklace. Thanks!

  6. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Beautiful necklace Moonbell!!! Thanks for sharing the info on picture taking!!

  7. No Photo
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great tips love your picture Karen!

  8. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Pretty necklace and thank for the tip I sometimes need help!

  9. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Love the necklace, sort or Egyptian-looking. I would like to make a similar one with the royal blue and some matte gold seed beads. I need something not too difficult, since I am still learning and rather slow. What size beads did you use? Thank you

  10. No Photo
    Ex pert says:

    Good info however I’m not sure if you’re show off the bracelet or cat.
    Can’t see enough detail in the bracelet.

  11. Rose R
    Rose R says:

    WOW!!! I truly love this suggestion. Thank you and have a great day

  12. No Photo
    L Triplett says:

    Like the ideal of free shipping. I’ll be back.

Add your thoughts!

  1. No Photo
    YOU say:

    Sign up for a Lima account to comment—it's quick and free!

    Already have an account? Just log in.