Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Green Beads and a Whistle

These are what came out of the kiln a few days ago.  I have more, but these were the few I grabbed to photograph.  This is outside on top of a kiln.  It sits in the shade which makes it perfect to pose beads on, except on sunny days.  Today is very shady, but usually here in Texas it is very sunny.  That makes it hard to take pictures, even during early morning or late evening hours.  The cast shadows are just impossible to deal with. I probably could figure out how to work around this problem eventually, but for now I'll continue shooting inside.

However .......

When I put these same beads under the 'natural sunlight' bulbs indoors to snap their picture, they come out radically different. See this second photo? They are a different color value, more of a yellowish green.  The first photo is more accurate as to the beads' natural color.   My job is to adjust the indoor lighting so that the beads in the second photo match the beads same color values as in the first photo.  This is how I'll be spending the rest of the afternoon, figuring out the lighting. It is also one of the times I'd love to be in a photography class.


  1. Also very hard thing for me. You do a great job with you photos.

  2. Love these no matter what shade they are..blues greens..lovely!


  3. I discovered you, while browsing another beader pal (Off Center Pro) and found your clay whistle.

    I'm a whistling woman, and would love to know more about your whistles: price? size? its pitch?

    Beautiful beads.


  4. Thanks Deborah!

    Hi Yvonne,

    I'm not sure what the pitch is on the whistles. I can tell you the newer ones are not as shrill as the ones I made at first. The smaller a chamber is, the higher the pitch.

    I have some whistles in my etsy stores (both in pottery and in the bead store-pendant section) -- see right side panel for store links). I also have quite a few photographed on Flickr (link also found on side panel).

    Thanks so much for your interest. I hope this makes sense. If not, just let me know.


  5. Hey, Natalie,

    Thanks for the feedback. We've starting a band of whistling women and your bead piqued my interest. Definitely inspiring design, will keep you in mind. Thanks, ymc