Studio Updates: Some new work

Studio Updates: Some new work

This is the ring that I had started working a couple of days ago. I’ve been wanting to work on this design for a long time and finally it happened. This is also the 200th ring for the Ring-a-Day Project.

One black and one white pebble are combined and set in sterling silver, which has a satin matte finish.

Now more pebbles are waiting for their settings!

The other plan was to make some new bracelets by combining the macramé knots that I used for this bunch of bracelets with gemstones.

I started by gathering the gemstones:

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After testing many color and shape combinations, I decided to go with a purple/orange/green color scheme:

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Tiny faceted rondelles of carnelian, amethyst and ametrine are combined with knotted waxed linen cord and a little indian silk sari ribbon embellishment.

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The chosen color scheme for the next bracelet was chocolate brown & turquoise:

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It is made with smokey quartz and turquoise rondelles, chocolate brown waxed linen cord and a cotton fabric embellishment.

Some close-ups:

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Sterling silver toggle clasp detail:

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Also, some new photos of the bracelets that I had described in an earlier post:

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....both of them, worn together:

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Artist Profile: Amy Tavern

Artist Profile: Amy Tavern

Trio: Overlap Brooch, Square Brooch, Circle Brooch.

It is with great pleasure that I’m starting this new series today, by presenting the recent work of one of my favorite jewelry artists, Amy Tavern.

I first found Amy’s work through Flickr and she continues to amaze me ever since!

Her jewelry can be found in galleries around the world and have also been featured in many prestigious publications in the field of contemporary jewelry. Apart from designing and making jewelry, she also teaches at the Penland School of Crafts.

Amy’s most recent collection is called “The Scrap Series”. By making it, she challenged herself to use items from the scrap pile and samples that she had collected during the past year. Pieces of oxidized silver are combined with cotton or linen fabric, torn paper, thread and yarn. Her lines and shapes are always simple and clean, the combination of materials is unpredictable and visually pleasing.

I wish scraps could always look so beautiful!

Loop Brooch

Loop Brooch

Envelop Brooch

Envelope Brooch

Broken Frame Brooch

Broken Frame Brooch

Architecture, Arc, Stick Necklace

Architecture, Arc, Stick Necklace

Visit Amy’s website, blog and flickr to learn and see more!

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Studio Updates: Rings and things

Studio Updates: Rings and things

A sneak peak of a new ring that I’m working on.

One black and one white pebble in bezel settings. The pictures are blurry because it’s night, but I’ll take better photos once it’s finished.

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Very excited about it!

Usually I forget to take pictures of the packages and my orders….but there was something very inviting about this one that I had to take a picture! I think it’s because I love aquamarine so much!

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Photography Tips from the Blurb Webinar

Photography Tips from the Blurb Webinar

I had signed-up for the Blurb Webinar “Learn Photography Secrets for your Next Blurb Book from a Pro”, which was held yesterday.

A very interesting and comprehensive presentation by photographer Dan Milnor.

I’ve been taking notes during the presentation and here’s the key points and tips that were addressed. They ‘re mainly about shooting portraits but I think they ‘re useful for everyone interested in photography.

  1. Don’t put subjects in the middle of the pictures. By moving the subject off center, you create motion and energy. Also, it’s not necessary to show the entire face just because you’re shooting a portrait. If you wish to put the subject in the center, square frames work better than rectangles.
  2. Get closer. Engage with the subject and ask for permission to get closer if you want to photograph a person that you don’t know.
  3. Choose the right light. Early and late light produce better colors while shooting in the middle of the day is not ideal. Overcast, or even rainy days can be great.
  4. Think and think again. Take multiple pictures, shoot from different angles, until you have the best image for the moment that you’re trying to capture.
  5. Keep it simple with the equipment.
  6. Talk to people, learn about their story because this will reflect to the quality of your images.
  7. Shoot what you like. Your images will be the best you make if you photograph what you really enjoy.
  8. Make pictures in the field, not at the computer.
  9. Look for real moments, capture things as they actually happen.
  10. Take chances, step out of your comfort zone, often choose a subject matter outside of what you usually shoot.
  11. Have fun with your camera!

Dan provided many examples to elaborate on each point, he showed many of his stunning pictures and explained everything in depth. I suggest you don’t miss an opportunity to attend another of his webinars in the future! All you have to do is go over the Blurb Website and sign up.

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Sea Blue

Sea Blue

We’re having such a hot day today and some images of the sea seemed very appropriate!

They ‘re all photos from various spots in Chalkida and the surrounding area of Evoia, that I’ve taken recently.

Hope you enjoy them!

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