Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Jeweler's Studio

I just love my studio. It may not be big, but I try my best to make sure it has character! I spend a great deal of time here, so it has to be a place that inspires me. I love toys, and my studio is a perfect place to deck out in stuffed animals and little trinkets I find. Admittedly, these things would be pretty ridiculous out in my living room. So with my studio I really get to be a kid again!

Here are some of the tools I use when making my jewelry...and some cupcake key toppers I got creative with. They come in a set of 6, and the other three are on my keys. Aren't they fun?

I love mint and red together, so I painted a mint accent wall and added a red floral arrangement. I know it's a slightly strange combination, but I like it!

This is my inspiration wall, where I pull photos of jewelry I just adore out of magazines. A few of my favorites are Dior Fine Jewelry, Ippolita, Chanel Fine Jewelry, and Stephen Webster.

I had to decorate the studio with some of my husband's work! These three images look great together.

I especially love kitschy pin up pics from the 50s and 60s. I got these at a flea market and discovered they are reproductions from the famed pin-up artist Gil Elvgren. He has literally hundreds of photos like these. I love the expression on the blonde's face. Who is your favorite?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Quote of the Month

I do a job I really, really love and I kind of have fun with. People think you can't be grown up unless you're moaning about your job.
Robert Smith
Who says we need to grow up anyway? Everything in life seems just a little more fun if you approach it with a sense of humor and whimsy. I am trying to live by my own advice, and every day it does seem to get easier. The more I learn about the business, the more fun I have and the less scary it gets. I think that is when really good things happen, when you let go and dive right into the unknown. Granted, being in a creative field helps, because I believe there is nothing more fun than the arts.
I also must say, it's pretty easy for me to remember to have fun with my work when I have such an amazing husband to remind me! He is, after all, the artist behind these creative and incredibly fun prints. You can view his entire collection at his Etsy shop LuciusArt, The Visual Work of Kevin Lucius.

And who is the little fella behind this next print?

It's our cat Tango, and I think he makes quite a dapper young gentleman in a suit. Here he is just hanging out by the bar, apparently he doesn't like to listen to our "no paws on the table" rule.

Here I am with Tango, forcing a snuggle as usual.

Some more prints in the LuciusArt Shop:

I love the use of texture and vintage imagery in each one. It's easy to see that Kevin had a good time making each of these prints! Isn't that what it's all about anyway?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Photographing Jewelry

Lately I've been working on taking better photos of my work. I must admit, however, that photographing my jewelry is one of my least favorite things to do. It's very tedious, and not nearly as fun as making jewelry! I am aware of the importance of a good photo though, especially when it comes to selling work online. I've been told time and time again that my work looks even better in person than it does in my photos. I decided it was time to step it up a notch, so people can get a feel for what my jewelry is really like. Here are a few new shots of my work:

Victorian Ribbon Necklace
Magnolia Blossom Necklace

Greek Isle Earrings

Jewelry is one of the most difficult things to photograph, what with all the strange reflections and shadows it creates. I finally decided to try a light box - and wow, does it make a difference. I'd searched for light boxes in the past, and thought they looked like a waste of money. Luckily, my husband decided to take it on himself to create one for me and it works great! The tissue paper diffuses the light on the sides and the round light clipped to the wall makes the piece sparkle. Here is a pic of my setup:

Yes, I could probably use better light than these flood lights, but when I have my camera on the Tungsten setting it looks just fine! With some little color adjustments in Photoshop, I am able to get it looking close to the real thing.

Here is the Sweet Cupcake Necklace I was photographing in the above shots:

I am in in the process of adding these new images to the website. I know I still have a ways to go with photographing my work, and I hope to keep getting better in the process. I think I've come a long way though, as you can see in these before and after photos below!

Biergarten Necklace

Angel Falls Necklace

Phoenix Wing Earrings

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