Saturday, June 29, 2013
Another thing that I liked here was the photography. 2 things I did differently: I used a flash, which I usually don't do, but it lightened the shadows alot. Also I took the picture from a very shallow angle, which brought out the 3-dimensional-ness of the piece.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
I knew, although I hadn't thought about it too much, that there are 2 different ways to make a tube out of hexagons. They can be aligned either point-top or flat-top. That is when the tube itself is pointing up and down the hexagons in it can either have a flat side up or a point (vertex). The one on the left is made of flat-top hexes. This is a bit counterintuitive, as they look pointy at the top. In just the same way, when you do RAW, a "square" (4 bead circle) made with round beads actually looks more like a diamond than a square, and you have to remind yourself to think only of the thread path, which is indeed a square.
Anyway, if you do a flat-top tube the beads appear to align lengthwise and accentuate the squareness of the tube (in both cases the tubes were made with a 4-hex circumference) and the hardness of the angles. So I decided to try to create a similar shape using point-top hexagons. With point-top hexagons you get the appearance of rows of beads aligning around the circumference of the tube. As I expected, I couldn't get as tight a bend at the top (I'm sure there's a way; I just haven't found it yet), but I got a much rounder tube and a more fluid, organic shape. All in all, more what I was looking for.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
I spent a bit of time with the photography here too, and ultimately I'm not too happy with it. A lot of the problem is that the shadows of the tubes are pretty much the same color as the tubes themselves. Partly, I think, that's because it was a dark and rainy day today, so even in front of a window there wasn't much ambient light beyond the 2 lights I have for photography. It made the lighting too harsh I think. I find these pieces hard to photograph, though, because if I put them on a white background it gives it a harsh look, but as I go toward a darker background, the tubes don't show up as well. Biba Schutz is a wonderful jewelry artist who mostly works with very dark oxidized silver, so I'll have to look at her website and see what her pictures look like.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
I think my next step will be to combine the 2 kinds of beads more closely--like a polyhedron where some of the beads are round gemstones and some are copper tubes. This is tricky because generally the long beads need structures made mostly of triangles, or else they're too floppy, and I tend to avoid triangles with the round beads. That's partly because too much thread shows in a triangle made from 3 beads, and also because I like the more open look you get with bigger circles of beads.