Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Take a Picture, Why Don't You?

The convenience, simplicity, and level of accuracy (focus) of cell phone cameras has developed to such a degree that they should be top on the list of necessary tools for any jewelry maker. Better than readers, a visor, and even a microscope, digital photos taken with your phone are the best way to see
Bicone bead with a split
in the seam. Artist: Me!
the tiny defects, construction problems, scratches, and unintentional slip 'texture' that might go unnoticed when finishing your work before firing.

Take a quick shot of your work from a variety of angles and open the photos on your computer for the best view. I bet you'll see some nicks or cracks that could use some love before you put the piece in the kiln.

The picture to the left shows a split in the seam, which I didn't see when I was checking the piece.  I don't think it will affect the stability, and an antiqued patina may help it to look intentional, but it might be better to do a simple repair or fill before the bead goes into the kiln.

Posted by Lora Hart

Artistic Advisor

1 comment:

Roxanne said...

Never thought of that before, but that's a great idea! Thanks for sharing it.