..derp. Do you have a spotlight or something, over a white table, where you take these photos? 8I My photos of my fimo things always end up being badly lit or otherwise smudgy. Any good tips? ;w; These are really, really nice, by the way (_:
Hi there What I use is a large piece of whiteboard (like what you write on with erasable markers), it has a shiny surface which helps reflect the light nicely. I take my photos outside when the sun is out, but not in direct sunlight because there is glare on the whiteboard. I use an SLR camera mounted to a tripod so that I get nice crisp shots. After I take the shots, I put them into Coreldraw and adjust the Brightness/Contrast/Intensity to make the white's whiter and the colours brighter, because sometimes the photo can get a bit dulled from how it looks in reality. I hope this helps, if you need a more detailed explanation or help with anything else, please feel free to contact me
I was fortunate, because I was working as a designer at a stationary factory, so there was lots of scrap pieces of whiteboard. This whiteboard is literally a primed piece of MDF board, and is 6mm thick. If you have a stationary factory in your area, maybe consider visiting them and asking if they have any scrap pieces of this. The company that I worked at often let people help themselves to scrap pieces of most things. Have you tried taking photos with a tripod or some mount of some kind? It really does make the difference!
For my gauges, I ONLY use Varathane, its the only way to go! It is the only finish that I have found that is safe enough to go inside stretched lobes. For my other pieces I use Sculpey gloss/satin glaze.
I live in South Africa and order it from America. You can find it on Amazon. There is only ONE type you can use for in-ear gauges : Rust-Oleum Varathane Interior Crystal Clear Water-Based Poleurethane, Gloss Finish. It comes in gloss, semi gloss and satin (matt). [link]
If you are wanting to make gauges to go in a stretched ear lobe, you have to use this!!! Polymer clay is a porous material, so it can cause serious damage to the ear if it doesnt. And make sure your ears are completely healed before attempting to wear these gauges