ABOVE: Bronze butterfly medallion photographed in the milk jug light studio. I used a metal embossing plate and Goldie Bronze clay to make the medallion. Patina: Vintaj "clay" and "aged bronze" over the top of the bronze then sealed with a metal lacquer
Step 1: Slap Yo Teen-age Son Up 'side the Head and Jerk the Milk Jug Away From His Mouth.
Materials you will need:
- 2 empty gallon plastic milk, water, or other frosted white jugs
- A clothes pin or chip clip, or one of those small clippie combs that you use to pull your hair back (use your imagination, whatever you have around that will hold a dangling object without scratching it)
- Box cutter or sharp paring knife
- Scissors (don't use your fabric shears, use the junky paper-cutting pair)
- Used Greeting cards- in your fav colors for a background against your object to photograph (computer paper will work too). Don't use the ones the kids gave you for mother's day, you will make them cry- besides when they leave home, and you run across them in the cluttered drawer, they will make YOU cry and you will be glad you saved them, even if the paper overflow is spilling out the backside of the drawer and down to the next drawer.
- Double-stick tape or you can roll little tubes of any kind of tape sticky side out
- Marker like a permanent one or whatever will mark on your plastic jug
Step 2: Cut Out Your Milk Jug
Step 3: 2nd Milk Jug
Step 4: Design Your Top
Next, you're going to cut a slit at the back of the jug, the cuts will make a "T" so you can slide the ends of your string, chain, or beads that hold your dangling object. Pic #3 shows how you will use the clothespin to keep the dangling object from falling to the floor of your studio light box.
Step 5: Cut a Top Square Hole for Above Object Photos
I am always looking for shortcuts, and rather than drag out my tripod, I found I can place my studio on the top of my kitchen bar and rest my camera right in front of the jug, voila! no need for tripod! I am having too much fun today!
Step 6: WOW I Like...
Photo #1: Taken from front of studio: bronze leaf w Vintaj patina, cinnabar, moss, black & antique brass on necklace of Swarovski crystals & unakite beads; gift bag leaf tissue paper I had laying around
Photo #2: Taken from above
Photo #3:Lights positioned as desired; front view with optional circle frame propped up in front of opening
Photo #4: Ready to go; circle frame inside; carry your backdrops & possibly camera too-
Photo #5: Syringe-formed God's wing of fine silver (unpolished/unburnished white state) and Swarovski crystals, inspired by Psalm 91:4 "He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust : His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. "
Photo #6: Memorial fingerprint keyring hammered dogtag in fine silver photographed from above through square cut-out directly over jewelry laying on script scrapbook paper. Polished & burnished. I didn't use my tripod, but I think it would be valuable to use it here.
Photo #7: Photographed through the end of the light box: Hanging fine silver leaf (Hobby Lobby has a similar one in stainless steel, I wanted a fine silver one) w freshwater peacock pearls and Swarovski crystals. Matt silver finish
Photo #8: Photographed through the end, necklace laying on floor of light box
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