For the past two weeks, I’ve been posting photos of my latest jewelry creations.
I wondered if any of you had noticed the backdrop?
Did you guess right?
I found this crate of children’s blocks in a dumpster behind a kids consignment shop.
Yes. I was digging through a dumpster.
No. I have nothing else to say about that ;)
When I looked in the crate, these weren’t modern-day made-in-China building blocks. Instantly, I could tell these were made by hand. Each piece was not perfect. You could tell which blocks were cut from the same piece of wood. But my favorite attribute was the color/paint/patina. These blocks have a wax finish, so as they have been played with and toppled about, they have gotten even prettier with age.
I mention this , because it’s darn hard to make jewelry photos look interesting. I was hunting around the house for dishes and boxes. I pulled out some fabric to try to create an interesting backdrop, but they were all boring.
Then I remembered the crate out in the garage. Blocks.
Blocks? Could I? Should I? Hmm… they are just the right size for jewelry. I can build with them which will allow my pictures to have visual depth. This might just work…
Scroll back through my last few posts and take a closer look at the backgrounds. Then look at the photo in this post where I scale back and you see the jewelry on my table in a pile of blocks.
I think I got some pretty cool effects. All it took was thinking outside the box and a little dumpster diving.
You might want to try it. Just sayin… :)