Monday, June 28, 2010

25% off at Rock Bug on June 30th

Check out Rock Bug's Artfire studio on June 30th to take advantage of our great sale.  Everything is 25% off!  It's a great time to get that item you just can't live without.  Click on the coupon to the right to head over to my Artfire studio.  Use code "June 30th Sale" to start saving.

This sale is in addition to our fantastic vampire sale, already in progress.  Enjoy!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Getting Creative

 I never thought I was a creative person, until recently.  When I made my first piece of jewelry, it was very exciting.  Even though it was a simple necklace, I was over the moon about it!  Pictured above is one of my first pieces.  I'm completely self taught so it's all trial and error but that's ok with me.  It's such a wonderful feeling when you master that new technique or finish a piece that hours ago was just an idea.

I've been trying to think outside the box recently.  Each time I see something interesting, like a feather or a unique stone, I wonder "What can I do with that?".  I have a little pile of neat things I've picked up in my daily travels or that friends have sent me.  My next adventure in jewelry will be working with hemp and incorporating those random fabulous found items.  I'm really excited about trying it out this evening.

Don't forget about our vampire sale!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Learning to use a light box

Things have been busy around here but in a good way.  I've been learning a lot.  I'm now using a light box for taking photos of jewelry.  I can't believe what a difference it makes!  It was super cheap to make, most of the supplies were already lying around the house. There are tons of instructions out there for different types of light boxes. 

One thing to keep in mind when using a light box, is your camera settings.  If you're as new to this as I am, it's going to take a bit of time to get everything just right.  All my pictures were turning out a bit yellow.  After some fiddling around I discovered that it was my camera settings.  I ended up putting my camera on A-Dep "standard" and it cleared up!  Just FYI, I use a Canon Rebel XS.

Here's a "before" and "after", you can definitely see the improvement.