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anniekuhndesigns 2014-06-27 4:59pm

photography tips Please
I am trying to photograph my beads but am having a very hard time avoiding glare. I have a light box and am filtering the light but there is still glare. There are some good tutorials out there but I'm not having any luck.
Also, I am trying to get my bead to stand up with a bit of museum putty but the putty shows and it looks bad.

beadnsprite 2014-06-28 5:46am

A paper clip works to hold the bead. You need to bend the inner end up and poke through the back of your bottom cover. If the bead shifts, then use a little putty in the bottom hole. As for glare, shooting through the light tent would diffuse the glare. Make sure all other light sources are off, maybe. Good luck.

Sheila D. 2014-06-28 12:47pm

There's lots of info in the Dark Room here too.

Mina 2014-06-28 1:09pm

on wetcanvas there is a tutorial on how to make a stand. Its a good way to use up those old mandrels that are beyond repair. I cant remeber were it was, but I can try to explain it based on what I remember:

You will need a piece of old mandrel about 1-2 inches long

1. Make a barrel bead. It needs to be a bit on the long side as well as chuncky side to provide enough balance to the display bead.
2. Press it flat but not too thin
3. Warm one side of the bead enough to poke the piece of mandrel wire through. Make sure to poke it in right behind the mandrel your bead is on so it goes all the way to the bottom of the bead.
4. Put it in the kiln to anneal
5. Clean and smooth/file the the mandrel
6. Be as creative as you like with the bead stands. You can even make them become part of the setting...have fun displaying your beads

Hope this makes sense. I know if would have been better if I had just posted the link, but I cant find it now that I am looking for it :-(

Mina 2014-06-28 2:30pm

I found the link for the bead stand

Eileen 2014-06-28 2:32pm

Moth (Mary Lockwood) has a free tutorial for making all clear glass stands on her web page:

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