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Just Plum Pretty

About this design:

This is my first submission to the Vintaj Design Challenge. This month's theme is Plum Orchard.

"When I think of an orchard, I envision lots of vines and tiny blossoms on a trellis. I mixed plum crystals, lilac bellflowers, purple pearls, and sweet flowers to represent the blooms, then wrapped and twisted 18 gauge and 24 gauge Vintaj Parawire to form the vines and tendrils against the background of the filigree trellis clusters. A little bit of dew at sunrise and my plum orchard will be complete."

If you have a chance, please go to the Vintaj site and vote in this month's challenge. Voting is April 8-12.


Lots of Vintaj from LB: 1 Princess Cut filigree and 4 Violet Petal filigree, Magnolia Leaf Beadcap in focal, Beaded Flower and Tanglewood charm as the clasp, headpins and jumprings, 18ga and 24ga Parawire. Crystals, bellflowers, LB's twilight pearls, flower beads, and tiny lavendar Czechs.

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  1. Freaky Doodles
    Freaky Doodles says:

    these are all beautiful!!!

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    What a lovely site. How does hot get to the Vintaj site?

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    You got my vote Julie, this is soooooooo lovely, great work :D

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Julie the necklace is extremely pretty. Lovely colors and your trellis pieces are perfect. BUT…you need much better photos if you are going to submit to a contest. I cant see any detail at all on the trellis parts and the photo does not do justice to the colors I know are there. Take your photo outside or in a window and lose that rug background. If you have a camera that does macro use that setting for close-ups. I’m guessimg you don’t hsve a light box bit I read a tip for a fake one or.imdoor photos. Cover 2 pieces of cardboard with foil. Set your piece of jewelry in a window on your prop. Stand the cardboard in front on either side leaving a space for you to shoot through. The foil is supposed to reflect the natiral light from the.window onto the piece and help more.detail show up.

    Granny to get to the vintaj site its The contest will be under.the blog tab at the top. No photos are up yet.

  5. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Lovely piece, but I agree w/Deb, it’s hard to see the details. (Which I’m sure are even more lovely)

    Great phototips, esp. the home-made reflectors.

    Good Luck! I’ll be stopping in to vote!

  6. No Photo
    JC Hamm says:

    This is a stunning piece.I have a very hard time taking pics myself, but do find I get better ones if I take it outside. Other than that you’ve got my vote, so much work put into this.Again stunning!

  7. nutz4beadz
    nutz4beadz says:

    Simply gorgeous piece!

  8. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    Thanks for the tip, Deb. I’ll definitely try it in my next photos! Oops; I love the necklace design, Julie.

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Where have you been JenniferLynn?? No jewelry posts.from you lately lately.

  10. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Thanks everyone! It really is a striking piece. I’ll send a “reminder” to vote next week. Maybe I’ll get better pics.

    Deb, I was outside. I tried it on the off white background but it all got lost. It does show up better on the green. The “problem” is that I want ato show the entire necklace and the clever clasp. So that means further away. The closeup shots are much better for the detail. I’m going to have to buy a spot light. And maybe a regular camera… instead of my cellphone.

  11. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Julie all my photos are taken with a cell phone also. They are not as dark as that. You might need to try the cardboard and foil thing just to get reflected light. You are not.getting enough light down into the piece. You might also try some more.natural looking object as a background. Some bsckgroindd actually absord your light….that might be your problem. I want you to have good photos for this. This contest always has some amazing pieces with very good photos. They can make are break you.

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Should be “or” break you. Haven’t been able to type today

  13. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    I’m entering that one, too! =^__^= Lovely piece!

  14. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    These are very pretty Julie, nice combination of the Vintaj and purple & lilac.
    I have a conservatory and always take my photos on a table out there. I have also found that using a background of brown card is good, as it looks almost ‘invisible’ on the photo !

  15. Frida
    Frida says:

    This is wonderful, Julie :D

  16. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is a gorgeous piece! Love the purple against the Vintaj. Just beautiful!

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