Metric Conversion Chart, Measuring Thread and Working with Clasps, Finishing Memory Wire , Threading Beads on Leather, Multi Strand Necklaces, Bead Storage , Cleaning Beads, Beading Surface, Birthstone Colors, Cleaning Silver, Opening Jump Rings, Threads, Crimps, Choosing Pliers, ChoosingWire Cutters, Drilling Holes In Beads, All Pliers Are Not Created Equal, Keeping Track of Loose Ends, Lighting and magnification
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Photographing Beads & Jewelry
Sandra J. Paluzzi
Unable to keep that bead from rolling around while trying to photograph it? If I have a lot of beads to scan at once, I put them inside an embroidery hoop to contain them. This tip is especially good for scanning beads or jewelry - you can put the scanner bed top down on the hoop where it will block all light. If I'm trying to get a single round bead to lay flat, I'll use one of two techniques (1) put double sided tape on the bead and affix it to a surface such as the scanner lid or run a head pin through the hole of the pin and leverage that on your work surface.
When photographing jewelry, jewelry displays are inexpensive and can be found all over the web.
However, scanning jewelry presents special problems. 'Studio displays' can be made very inexpensively. To scan a ring, I use either a long, thin candle or a ring mandrel. If I'm using a mandrel, I cover it with paper. I slip the ring on my 'tool' and position one end of the tool on top of a paperback book. The tool is at a slant which is my personal preference, but you could always level it off by using two blocks of the same size. Bracelets are often put on scrunched up hand towels or place mats to show them as they would be seen on a wrist. Of course, your scanner lid won't work with either of these two tips. Instead, you can cover the inside of a cardboard box with a pretty paper and lay that over the bracelet or ring. Necklaces can typically just be laid flat on the scanner bed. If the scanner top becomes wobbly, just cover your jewelry with your cardboard box or place it inside an embroidery hoop.
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