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Final’y Friday

Final'y Friday

It is finally friday folks! Come and celebrate the end of the week in Philly. There is a free concert and a delightful  artisan showcase. Here’s more info from:

The Business Association of Mt. Airy (BAM)

Come and join us for fun, music and more!

Celebrate local life in Mt. Airy on 9/28 with Finally Friday: “Mt. Airy Local,” showcasing local artisans, food, businesses and more!

Friday, September 28th

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Germantown Avenue: Mt. Pleasant to Mt. Airy

 

For More Information, Including a Full Listing of the Evening’s Events, Specials, Guest Vendors and MoreCLICK HERE

Craft Shows and Festivals

Not that this is a good reason to neglect my blog readers… but man, I’ve been busy with craft shows lately!

Past shows

August 15, 2012
Mt.Airy Festival, Philadelphia, PA

September 8, 2012, 11AM-10PM
Green Expo Edgerton Park, New Haven, CT

UpComing shows

September 15, 2012
Mummers Cow Chip Festival, Philadelphia, PA

September 23, 2012, 12PM-6PM
Raritan River Festival, Boyd Park, New Brunswick, NJ

September 28, 2012, 4PM-8PM
Final’y Friday, Mt.Airy. Philadelphia, PA

September 29, 2012, 11AM-4PM
PEC Fall Festival and Arts and Crafts ShowPennypack Enironmental Center, Philadelphia, PA

September 30, 2012, 4PM-8PM
Final’y Friday, Mt.Airy. Philadelphia, PA

October 6, 2012
7th Annual Midtown Village Fall Festival, Philadelphia, PA

October 13, 2012, 10AM-5PM
Haddonfield Fall Festival, Haddonfield, NJ 

October 14, 2012 10AM-7PM
Pumpkin Fest, Salem County Fairground, 735 Harding Hwy (Rte. 40) Woodstown, NJ

How to photograph white objects on a white background – what I did while I was not posting here

Man I’ve been busy… First and foremost, I’ve been building my new website. It will allow direct checkout and I am pretty excited about it. Next, probably due to my OCD, I have been constantly unsatisfied with pictures in my store. Now, looks like a trivial problem but I probably tried a dozen different backgrounds on approximately 90 items each and then cropped and sharpened to see the final result and I was never satisfied. At that point, is was a matter of principle. I needed to get those pictures right.

The problem is the white color of the milk jugs I use in most my creations. Any other color but white adds an ugly shade to my earrings, but white on white background… forget about it! I almost gave up trying to reach such seemingly impossible goal, when I finally found this video, describing the process step by step. Here’s my first two shots after watching the video. Not bad at all, I think.

I got all pumped up and tried the same technique on  a pair of earrings, and here’s the result. I mean, not bad, but the same tips are clearly not working as well with my plain white earrings. These pictures clearly needed some texture and some depth.

With my newly acquired photography skills I put together a similar setting in my windowsill, which is white and textured, due to the several layers of old paint that nobody bothered to remove before painting the windows again. The idea is to use lights and shadows to highlight textures and convey as much detail as possible, That way, even without color or luminance differences, your item will emerge from the background. The light coming out of that windows has always been good. Then  I added three white paper sheets, 2 on the sides and one in front of the camera, just like the video described. The light will bounce back from the window and bring your white objects to light. Pretty easy and fairly inexpensive. If you do not have a tripod (which I did not have until my husband brought me this one for my birthday a month ago), you can either build one out of a tennis ball or buy a cheaper one, but make sure you have one.

Here’s the picture I’ve been waiting for this entire time. Elegant, sharp, but interesting at the same time. I took me a while, but I think it was worth it. Now I have a bunch of new pictures in my shop and a much more consistent look across pictures, overall. I hope you agree with me that my efforts were worth it! Now, back to my window to shoot the remaining handful of earrings.

Make sure to stop by my shop to check out the other pictures and all my new items.

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Some of these are just too beautiful to let go.

May Events Update

 

Twice will be at the 20th ANNUAL JURIED ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW sponsored by the Branford Womans’ Club. Details regarding the event are attached below. Stop by, if you live nearby!

 

20th ANNUAL

JURIED ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

SPONSORED BY

THE BRANFORD WOMAN’S CLUB

DATE:     Saturday May 19th, 2012

TIME:      10a.m.- 4p.m.

PLACE:   Branford Town Green, Branford, CT.

Once Nuts


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ONCE NUTS

Twice has an exciting new line of sustainable jewelry, Once Nuts, made out of nuts and berry seeds.

 

MATERIALS

Tagua Nuts

Also known as vegetable ivory (palm ivory, or corozo), Tagua beads are produced from the seeds of Phytelephas (family Arecaceae), a specie of palm native to South America. Tagua earned its popularity because of its resemblance to elephant ivory. Contrarily to elephant teeth, however, vegetable ivory is a highly sustainable, cruelty-free material. The white nut is harvested, dried, sliced and dyed in beautiful colors by people in South America. Tagua was used to make buttons, before the introduction of plastic in buttons manufacturing, which put the jobs of all those people at risk and accelerated poverty in countries already battered by scarcity. By purchasing tagua nut products, you are supporting those workers and helping eliminating elephant hunting for ivory.

 

Acai seeds

Acai beads are produced from the fruit seeds of the açaí palm, native to Brazil and Peru. Acai is largely advertised as a dietary supplement, but while the curative properties of the berry has never been scientifically proven, the use of its seeds is a highly sustainable material that can be used to make natural jewelry. Acai beads come in many gorgeous colors.

Our nuts and seeds come from a trusted supplier who offers respectfully traded beads.

Buy

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May Events and Craft Fairs

Dear earth lovers, jewelers and friends,

I am very excited to announce that I will be taking part of two amazing Craft Fairs in Connecticut. There will be artisans from over the North East and the focus will be on beautiful art, crafts and sustainability. Make sure to stop by if you live nearby, I truly look forward to meeting you!

Twice will be @ the East Coast #CraftFair | New Haven, CT | May 5th and 6th, 2012 10am-4pm | make sure to stop by!

Twice will be @ the Crafter’s Haven #CraftFair | New Haven, CT | May 12th, 2012 10am-4pm | make sure to stop by

 

 

Also:

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NEW WEBSITE!!!
http://www.twicecreations.com
coming soon
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White – romantic or abstract

My work was featured in a beautiful collection, which deserves a little more exposure in my blog. Thanks for this lovely surprise BusyBusyResi.

Twice is for sale

The wait is over. Twice, is finally for sale. Take a look at my Etsy store. So far, Etsy is the only venue where you can buy Twice, but more will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

Go to my Etsy store

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Taking photos of jewelry at sunset

It it well known that the best light for taking pictures is at sunset. yesterday, I took a million pictures (well, more than 100 but definitely less than 200), but I wasn’t really satisfied about any of them. Ans the sunset came. So I took my camera once again, ran outside with a bunch of earrings to take advantage of those 3 minutes of light before the end of the day.

I clearly wasn’t planning it, so I had to face the problem of how to keep the earrings up and what background to use… not easy. But I found a wood stick and that worked, especially because I could not find a better background than the dusty bench in my front porch. Well, here’s the result. You can judge yourself. I am not sure if I am going to use any of those, but it was surely a fun photo session.

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