Monday, February 6, 2012

YOJ 2012 - Week 5 Romero fold form leaf

 


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In keeping with my resolution to complete all unfinished projects, I fished out this Romero fold form leaf I had made in 2009. Yes...that long back! I was in school, doing a semester of metalsmithing. I had done some metalsmithing before. Most other students were very new to it, so I was making these leaves and showing off :-P. Hey, its only sometimes that I get to show off, so I did :-D. After that I did nothing with those leaves. Last year I made an ear cuff that had these three hanging things made with garnets, pearls and copper. I knew I wouldn't really ever wear an ear cuff. So I took that apart. Used the cuff part to make the bail for the leaf pendant. I hung one "hanging thing" (for the lack of a better phrase..LOL!!) to the leaf, and used the other two to make earrings. 

The earrings look really good actually. The pictures suck -- they look dull. My daughter has been drooling over all of this and is trying to lay claim over it all...the necklace and the earrings. I was hesitant to make the earwires in this design, because I know someone (forgetting who now...but I know I love her work) uses this design as her signature design for earwires. But then I saw this earwire taught in the "Visually Teach Yourself Jewelry..." book. So I am guessing its ok to make this kind of earwires.

The leaf is copper, and is flame colored. I'm quite proud of this leaf actually (hence the showing off in class).




9 comments:

Jen said...

Another project bites the dust! You are on a roll!

I love the colors on the leaf - it that a chemical thing or a heat thing or?

Swati said...

Thanks Jen! Those colors are through heat...flame. :-))

Nicole Hanna said...

I don't know what your trick is, but I'd love to know how you set up your photography studio. I think your photos are beautiful, especially this one and the trinket box photos.

Swati said...

Nicole! Wow! What a compliment from a photographer herself! I use the EZ cube set up for a table top studio (they sent the cube and the 3 white balance lamps). And I use a very old camera (Fuji Film Finepix 6000) at its highest resolution - 6MP fine. I set it up at macro setting. And even afterwards, I crop the pictures to remove extras. Of course, many times I have to take lots of pictures. And often I am lucky the first time itself.

I had made an EZ Cube like set up before on my own, with white balance lamps etc, but somehow the effect wasn't as good as when I used the EZ Cube. And also, for some reason my old Fuji Film seems to capture colors better than most other new cameras. I have seen the difference in sunset photography...with other cameras they look ok, but with this old thing, they look amazingly dramatic. So even if I buy a new camera, I think for my jewelry photography, I will use the old one.

I would actually not go for a new camera, but this one seems to have some problem...the batteries (even new ones) dies within 2-3 minutes :-(. That is why I need to buy a new camera. And a new FujiFilm DSLR is more expensive than some of the Nikon ones. So I am still figuring out what to do...

BrassyBeads said...

My WORD! You should be proud! What a glorious leaf and I love the shading of colors, it glows!

Swati said...

:-)))) Oh Mary, it glows because of your idea...I have applied ProtectaClear...that's the name, isn't it?

Shay Stone said...

Ooo that is gorgeous!! I absolutely love seeing what you make - new and older :) :)

Swati said...

Thank you Shay!! :-))

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