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« on: January 30, 2009 07:45:08 AM »

I have recently started using 3D Lacquer Glaze as opposed to resin when I only need a thin layer to seal mixed media jewelry. It's easier to work with and dries quicker. I made two necklaces recently using this method.

Little girl figure on a slider style necklace with a magnetic clasp:





spoon head pendant with crystal beads:







I was also experimenting with photo techniques here and using a homemade light box. I'm not completely satisfied with the results and I still had to edit the pics on my computer. What do you think? Are they still too dark?

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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2009 09:19:48 AM »

I like the glaze, it's a nice change from the "poofed out" look resin gives.

As for the photos, they are a bit dark, at least on my monitor. It's difficult to know sometimes, b/c all moniters display differently. I would suggest using another lightsource to perk up the background (so it's not so grey) Flash tends to "blow out" images, but a light or two on the sides of the box shining in will give it a more uniform glow.. unless the box is opaque, then you're not getting much of any light in. There's a nice tutorial using a milk jug (the gallon size, not the paper cartons) here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=279446.0

Best thing you can do is take some time and try out different light sources until you find something pleasing. Best of luck to you!
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2009 02:51:26 AM »

oh i love that spoon one. it's terrific. i'm not a fan of light boxes because i like to use all sorts of backgrounds and i'm totally impromptu about it too! i can't really see the top one very well. but she is cute. i think she might need a little more resin on top or whatever you use to fill your settings.

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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2009 10:13:00 AM »

The pictures seem a bit dark to me, too.  I will have to second the lighting idea.  I personally have never used a light box, I like to take pictures outside in the sun.  Natural light=best light...

I love that pendant with the little girl.  It reminds me of a locket that my mom kept my baby teeth (yeah, gross I know) in.  Very 70's. 
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2009 06:46:41 AM »

Thanks for the suggestions on the photos. I have been trying to use various lights, but haven't found a really good one yet. Taking pictures outside is what I prefer also, but the problem is I live in Minnesota and it's really cold to take pics outside right now!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2009 02:58:19 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions on the photos. I have been trying to use various lights, but haven't found a really good one yet. Taking pictures outside is what I prefer also, but the problem is I live in Minnesota and it's really cold to take pics outside right now!  Roll Eyes

That would keep me indoors too.  I have grown complacent living here in TX for the past 4 years.  It never gets cold here.
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009 08:28:00 AM »

We're having an "early spring thaw" right now, but who knows how long it will last. Unfortunately, I still haven't been able to take outside pictures because it's been raining/overcast the whole time.
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