Friday, August 27, 2010

Light Tent and Watermarks, Oh My!

I've been pretty busy lately, and not just with beading - school has started and that means I have less time to play. So, while I begin another year of homeschooling the kids, I have also started experimenting with photography and making watermarks. I want to take better photographs of my jewelry and bead work as well as have a professional looking watermark to put on the images.

My husband helped make the light tent out of PVC pipe - the directions for which I found online. I changed the measurements and tweaked the design to work for me and I think I'm happy with it. I haven't actually taken a picture of the light tent yet, but here is the link as well as a picture of what I used as inspiration and guidance. For the watermark, I used Photoshop and Mark It Now! plus a free graphic from OpenClipArt. Here is a picture of what I have created with all of this so far;

Its a work in progress... hope to have better photographs tomorrow... I think I like the watermark as is, but I guess I just need to sleep on it!

3PD Sugar Skulls Peyote Cuff + Earrings * Pattern * Personal Use Only

Just in time for Halloween and Day of the Dead.... 3 Peeps Designs Sugar Skull Cuff and Earrings the Pattern. After creating this cuff a whole year ago, I've finally listed the pattern for my sugar skulls peyote cuff and matching earrings. Its a popular design and I guess I'm finally ready to share the pattern that I worked so hard on. I love this design and hope others will as well. You can find the pattern for sale in my Artfire shop and hopefully this weekend I will also list a few other items.

This pattern set includes the pattern for the cuff as well as 4 sugar skulls in each design depicted in the cuff in case you'd like to make matching or mismatched earrings. If you have a teenager, this would be a big hit! And don't forget that Halloween and the Day of the Dead are coming. If you must have the set but don't want to make the cuff yourself, just email me and I'd be happy to work something out.

The Game

Here is a great idea from a fellow beader, Vicki of FDEkszer and Fairysdreams Jewellery. She is giving away a pattern of your choice from her Etsy shop. This blog entry is from July and I don't know if she is still promoting this or not. We shall see. Anyway, all you have to do is choose one, blog about her give away, and leave a comment with your name, email address, and pattern of choice. Here is the link for the Game. If you are curious, I chose "Cold Fusion" from her shop and look forward to receiving it.

Later entries in her blog show pictures of completed patterns from those who have received the free pattern.