Experiment with Photographing Jewelry with a Scanner

by Rita Muller.
(Indian Rocks Beach, Florida)

Experiment with Photographing Jewelry with a Scanner - Bracelets by Rita Muller  - featured on Jewelry Making JournalBracelets

Double Flat Spiral and Kumihimo

Intrigued by Rena’s article How to Use Scanners for Photographing Jewelry in the last JMJ issue, I decided to give the technique a try.

(The photos in this post were done with a scanner.)

I’m happy with the results, but also anxious for cooler weather so I can do a photo shoot outside again. It’s still blasting out 90 degree heat here in Florida in the middle of October. GASP!

Experiment with Photographing Jewelry with a Scanner - xby Rita Muller - Green Wire Wrap  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Wire Wrap Green Bead in Calico shell

Some may recall my rant in a comment (a couple of JMJ issues back) about embracing the chaos of all the beautiful techniques available to us as jewelry artists.

I jump from stringing to wire wrap, flat spiral to kumihimo, etc., all the time. There are so many techniques to try that I’m never bored.

Experiment with Photographing Jewelry with a Scanner - xby Rita Muller - Green Wire Wrap - Mermaid-set  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Mermaid Illusion Set. Two Necklaces Worn Together with Matching Earrings

This summer I’ve been working on some illusions necklaces. The black and white piece and the mermaid set were both inspired by the sea near my home. I use ten pound fishing line and #1 crimp tubes with my beads and just have fun.

Nature is truly so inspirational.

Experiment with Photographing Jewelry with a Scanner - xby Rita Muller - Green Wire Wrap - Mermaid-set - Black-and-White-set  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Black and White Illusion Set with Matching Earrings (for Halloween)

The wire wrap piece has a large green, milky bead in the center of my favorite shell known as the calico shell. Calico shells are all over my beach year round and make such lovely pieces on their own, or as a background for beads of any design.

The double flat spiral bracelet (white, blue, and gold), sports two mermaid clasps. The other bracelet is one of my first kumihimo pieces (white, blue, and silver). I’ve been beading for many, many years and I’m having the best time creating in retirement.

Rita Muller

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