Ganutell

Ganutell

Via craftster.org I found another craft, I’ve never heard about: Ganutell.
It makes me think of my Starburst card ;-)
Originally they made flowers with this technique, but it looks great as earrings as seen at this craftster discussion thread.
I have to face it: it is another technique on my (long, long) what-I-really-have-to-try-list ;-))

 

Links:
Ganutell

Discussion thread at craftster.org: How to make these ‘woven’ earrings?

Here at unikatissima:
Starburst Card

Clothespin bobbins

Clothespin bobbins

Once I found a really good idea on how to make inexpensive bobbins from clothespins.
Later I found more very good ideas at Gabriela Marková’s Kumihimo blog, all entries labelled with ‘Equipment’.
You can use those bobbins very good when making you own Kumihimo cord.

Links:
Learn Intarsia Knitting (the clothespin bobbins are mentioned there)

At Gabriela Marková’s Kumihimo blog:
All entries labelled with ‘Equipment’ (English)

Taking Photos from Jewelry

Taking Photos from Jewelry

If you want to take a professional looking photo from jewelry or other little items, you can get problems with reflections, shadows and the automatic flash.
I found several pages with tutorials on how to avoid those problems and take really good photos without spending a lot of money.
On the photo I tried it with an old lamp shade and natural light, but it didn’t work so well.

Links:
Taking good shots of jewelry
The original site doesn’t exist any more and is now available through webarchive: Digital Photography
This was the first tutorial I ever found on this subject – and it is very good. Take also a look at Connie Fox’s jewelry – and appreciate the soft reflections and shadows on the photos ;-)

At the following tutorial I found the idea brilliant to put the pendant onto glass to create a distance between the item and the background
How to take good photos of jewelry and other small objects

Articles about Jewelry Photography

At instructables.com (with explaining photos):
Budget photographic lighting “tent”
Do It Yourself Photography Light Box for Under $40
Super Simple Light Tent
Inexpensive Light Studio for Photographers

Beaded Beads

Beaded Beads

Every beader wants to try a beaded bead sometime.
It isn’t easy to figure out by yourself how to do this, so I want to present several links which show how to bead different beads from beads.
Ehm… ;-))
The beaded beads on the photo were all woven by me around a bigger bead inside.

Links:
Janie’s Embellished Beads
Janie shows a basic bead and countless variations, one more beautiful than the next

About.com: Beadwork:
Bead a Beaded Bead

About.com: Jewelrymaking:
The beads here aren’t spheres, but cylinders, very good to learn the Peyote stitch (links below)
Beaded Bead
Beaded Bead Bracelet

Beaded Beads & Berries

Beaded Balls (French) (with explaining diagrams)

Beaded Ball & Loop Closure (English)


Peyote stitch:
About.com: Beadwork: A website with lots of tutorials about beadwork
Basic Beading Stitch Tutorials

Perlenhobby.de: A website with lots of (german) tutorials about beadwork: click on
‘Anleitungen’ in the sidebar left and there select one of the Peyote tutorials

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