Posts Tagged ‘clay photo tips’

Time Off

October 1, 2010

I had a wonderful time in Dallas with Family and Friends the only drawbacks were the heat and the fact that the Cowboys lost!

One day this week I was not feeling well and spent most of that day on the couch. I was fortunate to find a series on PBS and I think the name was artists in America. If that is not the name I am sorry but that is what I remember…..I told you I was not feeling well!

I was only able to watch for two hours but I learned so much hearing from artists of other mediums. Here is some of what I learned.

Have fun! If you are not having fun than what is the point of you creating?

You are an artist all the time. It is not a 9-5 job. You will be inspired, and dream about your next creation. You may also have a few nightmears but again it is not on a 9-5 schedule.

There are so many reasons not to do it (create). You just have to decide to keep going or to quit.

Every hour in the studio gives you the energy to make it to the next hour…..and the next creation. You become energized just by sitting at the table and creating with your medium.

A finished piece often turns out totally different than your initial fuzzy vision.

A finished piece takes a long time but as an artist you don’t get tired you get energized by your work.

 I think I knew all of these points but just needed nudged a little to remember them what I really need is  more hours in the day, to win the lottery, or something that will allow me to get to that point in my craft. The one thing I can say about me and my art is that I am doing what I wanted to this year which is Get My Name and Work out there. I am coninuing to host the swaps at City O Clay (holiday one due Dec 1st), and even though I do not have the time when I sit down the ideas just flow out so much I find it hard to focus and not get sidetracked by design.

What a wonderful series. I am kind of looking forward to another sick day or retirement in the hopes that this series is on again!

I was able to finish a commision piece that is something I would not ever have made in my art travels alone. It was a foot long hot dog for someone that you guessed it Has a Hot Dog Stand! This picture is before smoothing and finishing the ends of the dog.The customer upon delivery said he was going straight to his guy, you know we all have a guy, and have him make a plexi glass display.

The fact that he was having a case made it a very good day for me art wise :). The other thing that made it a good day is the next three weeks life is letting me play with clay, and I in two minutes literally put 8 things on my new to do list. Look forward to that one happening.

Whats on your claytable?

What to do with all the images?

April 24, 2010

One of my goals for this year has been to be more organized with the business end of my clay travels. In doing  so I realized the importance of getting good images of your work first and then more importantly you got to know where in the heck they are!

So I set off to my local electronics store with one thing in mind.

Dont ask me why but I thought that was the answer to my issue so I got one and set off to organize my photos I mean I did not think I had THAT MANY! I started with the photo folders I had on the drive. There were only 4 folders and one of them was empty. Hmm where were all my photos? So I started digging and found these.

 What the heck is on these I mean only 3 of them have jewelry written on them so I will start with these. Why did I go to the bleeping store thinking I needed cd’s? Ok I think I should check the blank ones first.

First one says Baby shower TX on the pictures of the blank cd. After a few clicks it is the baby shower and Ruthie is #129 she is my best friend in Tx. I miss Ruthie…..Next! 5 Baby showers, guess I was going to make copies and send to everyone, and 2 blank cd’s later I really did need to get cd’s so that is positive.

Now I have 2 Jewelry and a B&W. I like the B&W so I will check that first. OMG 467 photos thats not all B&W. Here is #21

That’s not the B&W project that is Fouad at the First football game we went to. Now this is the B&W and if I do say so myself that is a good photo.

Hands not too wrinkly looking and the angle is a good one. So the B&W must be on this one after viewing a few pics. Next!

Jewelry practice that should bring back some memories.

I remember that one! I build that box so I could take good pics ROFLOL! I did not follow direcitons correctly that is why you see the box in the background. And my attempts to cover them up.

These really are practice I will go to the next one that is just titled Jewelry. I bet I will have some luck there.

These are still practice but at least I updated to a cloth back that was not an unwrinkled sheet.

So I guess I need to start moving what photos I do have to cd’s mark them and keep it up. I started this whole mess because a friend recently had her comuter crash and she lost a lot of photos and documents and I did not want to be in the same boat.

Where are your treasured photos of your creations? Are they safe? Have you baked them up? If not be prepared to smile a lot at the random images you find, and if you complete your task be prepared to find some wonderful shots of your creations.

Some of the found photos can be found on my flickr site.

Project 365

March 20, 2010


I got a new phone and one of the apps available for it is project 365 the one I have is free you can buy one for .99. 

How to take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way. 

So of course I had to download it and try it out. Took a few days to remember I had downloaded it. 

Then the first picture I was going to take was of course when I dropped the phone and accidently took a picture. I figured it was a great first picture I mean it could only get better right? 





Next day I forgot to take it till I was at home and fought with hubby to take one of him. 

Next day was March 16th. Which was when I realized I had started with the wrong date so I did not have to use hubby’s picture which would make him happy. 


Since we have had record flooding in the area while working at the drive up I thought a great picture would be to take one of the big puddle in the field. On the way home from work I decided to go to one of the dams close by our house. I had to go pick my son up from the gym and started driving to our destination. You can see that picture in the header of this post. Problem is after driving to the dam and taking pictures with both the camera (son) and my phone (me) I had not saved the pictures to my phone so the only picture I had was the blurry one on the phone. Not even going to try to get that to the phone so I will use the puddle field pic for today. 

One of the games I play that he loves to try not to play but always gives in with a guess or two or ten depending on his mood, is to start driving and have him guess where we are going. 

I told him he would never get it in a million years and after a mile or two of arguing the guesses started. Since he was playing I gave him hints and he guessed and guessed until we were there and even when we were he did not understand where we were going. 

While looking at the dam together tonight and having an almost conversation with him I realized I was really going to like this project 365 thing. I could not help comparing the water flowing over the dam like my art just flowing and flowing out of control. But that is another post for another day! 


Thursday was hubbies new toy for a couple of months. 


Friday’s pic of the day a damsel in distress. She locked her keys in the car and thankfully some guys helped us because the plastic coat hanger I had was not going to help. 

Are their going to be days I am going to forget? Of course  and those days I will focus on staging photos for jewelry designs SCORE for ideas and an a+ in the learning department. The rest of the days will be spent photographing my surroundings and my family. 

I am sure there will be a couple of days that neither one of my housemates will want a picture taken of them and they will put their hands in their faces. I will either leave it there or take something else. I do think that they will bring it up as the weeks and months pass. Both of them individually suggested a picture of the day to me this week but I liked my picture that day better. I HAD to have green on ST Patty’s day and could not replace hubby’s new toy :). 

Since I love pictures so much I really am going to like the idea of being able to open a page and see 30 days in my life at a glance, with the capability of scrolling through the months. I mean anyone can do it these days with the mobility of the camera phone. You always have your phone with you every day but you do not always have your camera with you! 

I urge you to try it and see where it takes you with your art! 



Faux Goldstone Quick Tutorial

March 14, 2010

If I would have quit the first, second or even third time I tried to make this then I never would have come up with this. Pretty simple once you figure out how to get the depth!

Super easy just roll a sheet of medium thickness, then cover with liquid Sculpy. Cover with glitter!

Cut out shapes covered with glitter.

Roll a black sheet on fairly thick setting. Cut out shapes and put a bead poker so you can string the beads easily when finished.

Attach your glitter sheet and your black sheet with liquid sculpy.

Bake per manufacturer setting and time. Cool and remove the bead poker.

This is the best thing I have found to get depth with clearness.

POUR EQUAL PARTS! You must read the directions it is very important to get exactly equal parts.

Mix it until you see bubbles per directions. Add as many layers as you can being careful to not have the mixture run over the sides and onto your tile.

Finished beads!

And here are some more that were wrapped to support the extra layers of epoxy. And yes you can see some spilled over on the sides. Do as I say not as I do.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please if you make something with this technique show me your stuff!

Photo Set Up Tips!

November 27, 2009

The photo taking question was recently addressed on the clay list City O Clay and since that is #1 or #2 on my to do list I am tackling that subject today! Please weigh in and let me know what you think!

So you want to take good pictures of your jewelry(or insert your item here)…… items hunh? Do you have the cash to buy a set up?

The camera is something you are going to have to figure out yourself. Since a camera is on my Xmas list I am using what I have which is a HP Photosmart M525. This is going to focus on the set up you can work with to take great pics.

What is a small photo set up you may ask?
Here is a company that sells table top studios. If the link is broken I searched studio lighting setups.

Basicly it is lights with a box.

Here is a way you can make one.
I made that one I recommend if you make it please make sure you use only one large piece of thin white paper. I made it when no store around me was open and used 8/2 x 11 which left sections of the paper that met visible no matter how hard I tried to tape them so nothing would show. I also had the problem of the corners being visible in the jewelry pieces I was photographing. Hours wasted!
If you want to see one that is close up and somewhat focuses on that exact issue in my opinion try here!
I think this is a really good table top set up you can make. For me unfortunately it did not work out it could have been operator error but I still want to take good pictures.
During this time the lighting set up I used was the ones you get from your local hardware store and I snapped them to the sides of closet doors and one from above like this.
(example of early lighting set up)
Okay so you have to picture the way they would look from the top set up this way. Just clip one onto the shelf and point it down toward the object your photographing.
Okay that didn’t work NEXT! This is what I got for Christmas last year.
I chose the economy kit! It took real good pictures but honestly the box was a pita for me. I mean the lamps came with covers for the light so why did I have to use the stinking box. Why not get a back drop and take pics?? Got the lights, got the covers for them to diffuse the light sounds like a plan to me.
Kind of something like this.

Wow that is exactly what I tried so now I get to show you what I came up with! I do not have a garage so I used my table lights.
Like this! Please note for illustration purposes I am showing the marketing that was the piece of paper I used for the background.

So here are some examples of the photos I took. I was amazed at how they differed by just a faint change in the lighting placement.

I will start with

2 lights diffused one on each side this one from a little further out.

2 lights diffused one on each side this one close in. I think that looks pretty good wonder what it will look like with 3 lights?

On the following set of photos there are 3 lights.
There is one on each side that is diffused ………..and one handheld that moves and is not diffused.

3 lights not diffused with one light on each side with the third light shining from the front of the piece. See the shadows!

3 lights not diffused with one light on each side with the third shining from the middle of the piece.

3 lights not diffused with one light on each side with the third shining from the back of the piece.

Nice now what happens if I take the two diffused lights on each side and then diffuse the third as well, of course while moving it around again?

3 lights diffused with one light on each side with the third shining from the front of the piece.

3 lights diffused with one light on each side and the third shining from the top straight down at the jewelry.

3 lights diffused with one light on each side and the third shining from the back of the set up.

This is the same picture from the Flickr site I think it just looks better on Flickr. No I am not going to tackle the fact that the pics on Flickr look better than on the blog I am putting on the to do list though!

3 lights diffused with one light on each side and one to the front right of the picture.

Here is what I have come up with for a basic set up.

So thats what works for me! So far. Now just to decide which placement of the photos I like! What do you think?? I am still amazed at how the lighting changed depending on where I placed the lights.

This week was fun!

But did I figure the whole thing out or even come close to understanding?

Not really which stinks I wanted to have simple posts that have a begining and an end in one session. This didnt end for me I now have to face the fact that what looks good in Flickr may or may not look good in WordPress or insert your favorite program here.

My only other option is to save in WordPress as a larger image hmmmmm

That is what full size looks like.

Only other option is this

So here I am with no end, again, photos on the brain still.

Oh well this was a good blog post! Patting herself on the back and getting out her clay.