Still stalling posting new goods on Etsy. I find the process impenetrable. Again, it makes no sense.
It's the type of "mistake" I used to make a lot when I first started feeling like I was getting the swing of balance in construction and design. I'd feel like something was really cohesive and then when I looked at it through the lens I'd notice one or two things that just didn't fit. Photographing my pieces was truly one of the biggest and most helpful self-teaching aspects of this whole jewelry making process for me, and it continues to be.
I can't think of an easier or more convenient way of getting your work out of context enough to view it objectively. It's just not the same as holding it, looking at it on your worktable, wearing it, or anything else. I think there are so many reasons--the camera as 'screen' is one of course, psychologically. It creates a comfortable distance we're very familiar with that has allowed us to safely view very charged and provocative images our entire lives as movies, family photos, etc.
Photography is real/unreal, and its unreality in lesser dimensions and flatness yield a simpler, pure form that can easily be evaluated. Like a painting, you can see what refers to what, this bead to that bead, this texture to that, etc., checking for consistencies, balances, relevancies, and the like. And a lot of the time it's just kind of automatic without even having to cerebralize it. Then after a while, as you're working, you'll have vague ideas about the lessons of distance and purity of form that photography has taught and it will be natural to incorporate better choices as you go along and edit while in-process.
Sometimes there just isn't anything you can do but replace a bead. In the case of this necklace, I am going to have to replace that cool funky dimpled striped Indian glass bead on the right. I took photos of it even after realizing it might have to go, thinking it would be ok, as it only made a bit of imbalance, perhaps even undetectable, but I just can't keep it. S'loppsided.
The fabric fills in all that would have been wasted empty space vertically between the wire wraps and also between stone and wire. When using larger gauge wire to wrap, it seems there are always pockets and gaps between object and wire no matter how tightly you wrap, especially if the object is organically shaped or textured.
The stone here is another one I found in Topeka outside that Thai restaurant. It seems to have fossil shadows in it.