Sunday, September 6, 2009
On this new one I cut out just the top and folded back the flaps to get them out of the way. This one is also about twice as large as the first one. This larger size makes it easier to work in and around. Then I lined the inside of the box with high gloss photo paper. The first photo shows how that looks.
Then, I set it up in the dining room with a light shining in from each side on the top. This really works much better with the light reflecting off the shiny white sides. I believe I can make it even better by adding lights to the front and shining inward. I don't have any right now that I can use, but tomorrow could be a good shopping day. My first batch of photos with this setup look much better and I hope will require less editing than before.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
When an item is finished I take lots of photos - 10-12 or more of each item. I usually do a batch of 20-25 pieces at a time. In the Canon Zoom Browzer, I look at them and delete any fuzzy ones, etc. I export them to a new folder and rename them such as b101-1, b101-2, etc. I open Paint Shop Pro and crop them to about 600, and also lighten if needed. Then I go to Photoshop Elements and do a 'batch' processing. This will automatically resize them (I go for 500) change the dpi to 72 and put a watermark on of my choice and color. (And put in a sub-folder). With the item in from of me, I write up all the descriptons in Word for that batch, take measurements, etc. - a separate file for each batch.
When I list an item, I put a notation just before the description to indicate where I am listing it. I sometimes list the same item on 4 different sites. If sales were better, I probably wouldn't do this. All this takes more time than making the item - jewelry in my case.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Glass frit comes in 4 different sizes: powder, fine, medium, and coarse. I do not use powder as it is too easy to breathe into your lungs (respirator required). Also, the size will vary from one company to the next. One medium may equal someone else's coarse. You will have to experiment. Try to buy only 2 or 4 ounces the first time as a one lb. jar is going to last a long time; and if you are like me, you will want several different colors. The Warm Glass website has small jars in all sizes and colors. Also note that frit comes in both transparent and opaque. They have a very different look when fired. I usually mix the 2 together, as I did in the above photo.
- 300 degrees per hr to 1000 - hold 20 min.
- 400 degrees per hr to 1250 - hold 20 min.
- 600 degrees per hr to 1550 - hold 30 (large molds can go to 1600, hold 40)
- full to 1000, hold 40 min.
- 100 to 900, hold 40 min.
- 100 to 750, hold 20 min.
- 400 to 100, & off. (don't peek until cool!)
When finished - turn the mold upside down and hopefully the pieces will fall out. If not use a soft spatula or similar to pry a little. There will probably be kiln wash stuck to the bottom. Scrub it off with scouring powder and a toothbrush. Admire your new jewelry pieces.
Til next time.