Out on location with my new jewelry model

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Starlight Pearl Drop Necklace by Mary Williams Designs

Starlight Pearl Drop Necklace

Starlight Pearl Drop Necklace by Mary Williams Designs

Starlight Pearl Drop Necklace by Mary Williams Designs

She’s sporty, quiet, and doesn’t require much attention. She is also willing to do shows with me for no extra pay! Until I find some photogenic warm blooded models willing to work for beads and jewelry she is the next best thing!

In this shot she is sporting my Starlight Freshwater Pearl Drop Necklace in silver. It was one of the rewards I offered for pledges in my recent Kickstarter Campaign.I’ll be adding it, as well as the other rewards and other items to my Etsy shop which I hope will be launching soon.

Raising chickens (even if only the clay kind)

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Sea Glow Fused Dichroic Necklace, Mary Williams Designs

Sea Glow Necklace

Some of the items I use as photo props come to me from family members (thank you and keep ‘em coming!!) and I’m always willing to add to my ever-growing stash of “oddities and endities”. When searching for a suitable model for my new Sea Glow Necklace my eyes drifted to this wonderful chicken sitting in my kitchen. Perfect! I took probably 20 shots until I had the shadows and glow that I was looking for. As it was, the wind blowing the trees outside the window provided a lot of different shadow effects.

The chicken was part of a gift from my son and his wife and of course the first thing I thought was “How cute!” and the second immediate thought was “NEW PHOTO PROP!”. I love the glowing teal of the glass against the chocolaty color of the hen.

Dichroic and photography- An ideal path to frustration!

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Patchwork Glass Quilt

Today is one of those days I question my sanity for returning to fused dichroic glass while I’m waiting to get my torch area up and running. The cabochon, or at least a more rounded version of this one, was one of my best sellers in the Napa art gallery that represented me, as well as being one of my favorites. I felt it was a good design to revive and rework to more contemporary standards. Oh-my-gosh, am I ever wondering if that was a wise choice! Especially since, with my usual enthusiasm, I did an entire line based on this design before trying to photograph it.

You see, it is virtually impossible to photograph dichroic glass to appear as nicely as it does in person. When the dichroic layer is on the surface it is nearly doable depending on the lighting placement, however, I like this particular piece capped with a layer of optically pleasing thick clear glass. See that lighter line of black between the more distinct black lines? That is actually a shadow of one of those lines which gives you some idea how thick the clear glass is. Adding that thick layer of clear glass while very pleasing in person, makes it immensely more difficult to photograph.

It took me nearly an hour to get a picture I was somewhat happy with and that is just the first view of multiple views I am aiming for. It isn’t the colors that have me dismayed, I think it is the fact that I just can’t capture the depth and true texture of the piece. I truly want to sell these online but I can see I have a long road ahead of me struggling with the photos.

Any professional photographer want to earn a lifetime supply of home-baked cookies?