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241  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Style Pendant and Glass Pearl Necklace on: January 11, 2009 07:01:11 PM
Very nice. Simplistic and elegant at the same time.
242  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Evergreens Bottle Pendant on: January 11, 2009 06:59:33 PM
Well, this is my first post here. A friend of mine suggested that I create an account here as well.

Which I rather like; it'll give me a chance to really connect with others who can help the creative process, and likewise I can help them.

So... here goes. My first post.

This is one of my most recent bottle pendants that I have finished.

This bottle is themed around love and the winter season.

It contains a leaf of dried mistletoe, some dried cranberry, and a sprig of a pine tree. I have then filled the bottle with mineral oil and sealed the cork in.

Both mistletoe and pine trees are evergreens and are known for their green color even in the heart of winter, and therefore are often seen as symbols of eternity. And of course, everyone knows about kissing under the mistletoe...

This bottle has been wire-wrapped for hanging convenience.
243  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Etched Clear Glass Ornaments on: January 11, 2009 06:59:20 PM
Wow. They look so professional. I'm impressed.
244  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: My first fused glass pieces! on: January 11, 2009 06:56:41 PM
I really like the one with the safety pin in it. What causes the bubbles, anyway?
245  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Here's something NEW! Fused Glass Drop Ring Vase on: January 11, 2009 06:51:38 PM
Very nice!
246  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: wire pendents on: January 11, 2009 06:30:50 PM
Oh. Those pictures... It's really hard to even make out your pendants.

A suggestion. During the day, take your pictures next to an open window with the sunlight streaming in. You may get some shadow, but it'll be a lot better than other ways. Then lay down a white t-shirt on your surface (I like to use a chair, that way I can drape it over the back and have a solid background as well as sitting surface). Then put your projects on the shirt, and take the pictures there in front of the window.

This is the best way I have found to take pictures without your own light box. It's also easier with digital cameras, because they can more easily tell what you're trying to focus on with the solid background.

Also, if you're trying to take pictures of something small, don't worry so much about getting up close with the camera. Worry more about it being in focus. You can always crop the excess out later on with a photo program (such as Picassa).

I hope that these suggestions are helpful.
247  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: GRAFFITI RESIN!! IMAGE HEAVY! on: January 11, 2009 06:26:09 PM
Oh! I LOVE the second one. Reminds me of fire. The colors compliment each other so well.
248  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: simply fascinating, dahling.......(old pun, no longer amusing) on: January 11, 2009 06:06:41 PM
Very cute!

You might try finding better lighting for your photos, though. I've found the best thing to do (aside from spending money or time making/buying a lightbox), is simply to take pictures beside an open window where the sun is shining in. I put down one of my solid-colored jackets as a base, and snap my pictures when the son is out.

It's a little frustrating, having to wait till daylight hours and all, but the pictures turn out a LOT better, even with my fancy $600 camera.
249  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wood and bone necklace on: January 11, 2009 06:01:26 PM
Very cute, despite a little of the string showing. Definitely a nice pendant choice.
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