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Demagogue's Beacon

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By OdinsBeadHall   |   Watch
Published: March 10, 2018
© 2018 - 2020 OdinsBeadHall
This is a cursed item in both appearance and construction. However, definitely in my aesthetic. For all those goth lords who need to bee noticed.

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Image size
910x597px 522.05 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON
Model
COOLPIX L22
Shutter Speed
1/40 second
Aperture
F/3.1
Focal Length
7 mm
ISO Speed
80
Date Taken
Mar 10, 2018, 2:00:38 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CC (Windows)
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ugnipHobbyist General Artist
With this neclace you definitely ARE noticed.
It's just breathtaking.
Just a simple black dress, then this neclace and the evil woman's look is perfect ;)
The colour composition is very well done, also the pattern and arrangement of beads and spikes and dangling elements matches well.

I like also the background you chose for this photo :)
Unfortunately it is a bit blurry in the upper half
and maybe also the light situation is not perfect, seems to bright from left, and therefore a bit dark on the other side.
Maybe you could try a more even illumination?

The piece itself is just gorgeous, so keep up the great work ;)
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OdinsBeadHallProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I am glad you like the piece.
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BellaGBearStudent Artisan Crafter
I like the boldness of this piece. I definetly see some cursed lord and lady wear this in a cold castle somewhere plotting evil things. The red black and grey work very well together and make this a very striking piece to look at. Also the paper you used as a background helps a lot with the background narrative of this piece :). However, the picture has some issues with light. In the right corner it is blurry and in the left corner it is too light. This takes away from the overall impressiveness and the professional look of this piece, which it definitely is! Maybe it works to take a picture from the front to solve those issues? Maybe even on a torso shaped display (sorry don't know the word in English :P) so people can see how the jewelry looks worn, or an old-looking book.

Anyway, I really love this piece. All the different beads (again English terminology, sorry :P) work very well together. Do you buy them for the piece or mix what you have?
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OdinsBeadHallProfessional Artisan Crafter
HI there! Thank you so much for the comment! I have a lot of trouble trying to photograph these large pieces in my small confined space, so I'm still trying to figure out what works. I did create the piece using beads I had in my storage, but I also had to buy some to make up for bits I didn't have ^^
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BellaGBearStudent Artisan Crafter
Something like this is what I meant btw to make photo's (but without the head) www.google.nl/search?tbm=isch&…:

It might help to make the most out of a small space. 

And I really appreciate it you use from stash as well :) 
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OdinsBeadHallProfessional Artisan Crafter
Ah yes! a bust! That could work! But I would also have the issue of not being able to showcase the whole piece, just the central focals. But it is a good place to start, thank you!
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BellaGBearStudent Artisan Crafter
ah yes decisions decisions :P maybe you could think about having one picture to get attention and then add various other pictures with details?
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OdinsBeadHallProfessional Artisan Crafter
Yeah sometimes I can do that on other social media like Facebook, but since I can only upload one photo on dA, I need to make it attention grabbing >: Such a dilemma ;-;
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BellaGBearStudent Artisan Crafter
ah yes I see the dilemma. I hope you work something out :)
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domeliz12Hobbyist General Artist
Let me just start by saying this is so cool! I love all of the spiky aspects it has. I can imagine you put a ton of time into this piece, but it was definitely worth it because its beautiful. I really like the color combinations and how there's small pendents hanging off in multiple places. I feel like the background suits the piece well. Though my one criticism would be the left corner is a bit hard to see because of the amount of light there. The ball of light does take away from the center focus of the necklace. I would try editing it to see if the brightness in the corner could be lessened. Other than that is a great piece and keep up the good work!
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OdinsBeadHallProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I will definitely keep the lighting in mind and try a few things to keep everything consistent. 
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Oh, this is so very much my aesthetic. Red and black and spiky? Mmm, yes, I am so there. And is that a skull-shaped bead I spy dangling from the central focal rosette? The image size makes it a bit difficult to tell for sure, but those black beads hanging from the secondary rosettes are faceted into skull shapes too, yes?

At first glance those white beads look a bit out of place since they don't really have much in common with the rest of the colours happening in this piece, but the skull bead(s) help to tie them in, because they're the white of bleached bone. Perhaps all that remains of some unfortunate schmuck who couldn't resist its call, along with a few crystallized drops of blood. The Beacon claims its price from those with the folly to think they have what it takes to bend its power to their will.

I love the pointy beads holding the large... cabochons? faceted beads? in the centres of the rosettes. They're toothy. Like the mouth of the void, hoping you'll stare into it for just a bit too long, so it can snap its fangs into your soul and pull you down into the nothingness.

I'm in agreement with what bluediscord said re: cropping. It feels cramped and doesn't leave the piece any room to breathe, so to speak. I had a look through some of the other pieces in your gallery, and it's an issue that, ahem, crops up in more than a handful of other pieces too. I'm not sure how close you're zooming in when you take the photos -- i.e. is the above photo right out of the camera with minimal retouching? -- but consider backing off a bit to leave more space around the piece on display. You can always crop it tighter if there is too much extra space, but can't put back what was never there.
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OdinsBeadHallProfessional Artisan Crafter
That is most definitely a giant skull bead in the center, one of Swarovski's as a matter of fact.  The center gems are flat cabochons or also known as Rivolis, and I chose to use flat black to make is much more sinister, like scrying evil spirits from its inky void ^^

Glad you enjoyed the piece! I defintiely agree with the way it was photographed. Not having a mannequin or a large space to shoot from makes capturing the large beasts like this troublesome. But can't master until we experiment more, right?  
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craftsbyblueHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi! I'm commenting as part of CRArtisanCrafts and PhotographyGuide Comment Month Hi!!

This necklace is extremely gorgeous and well-designed; I love how you framed the pitch-black gems and red beads, and how the frames gradually increase in size and complexity towards the center of the necklace. It gives a very consistent, elegant, and gradated look to your piece, and your design guides the viewer's gaze towards the center where your most intricate details are. Your color coordination is also excellent; I like the pops of white and silver in the center; this contrast breaks up the red and black color scheme quite nicely and again draws the viewer's attention towards the center of your piece. Amazing work! :heart:

For your presentation, I would suggest choosing a plainer background. The horizontal lines in the background visually cut through your piece and distracts the user's gaze. Additionally, this photo is a bit over-cropped, especially on the top - the top part of your necklace is cut off. The close cropping can cause your photo to convey a sense of confinement; I recommend adding more room on all four sides, and cropping evenly so that your pieces are of equal distance from each edge (alternatively, you could use uneven distances if it helps convey the symbolism of your piece).

I hope this helps, and keep up the excellent work :)!
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OdinsBeadHallProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the input! I have such a hard time with these large pieces, especially capturing the back.
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craftsbyblueHobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome! Yeah - large pieces are hard to photograph, and it’s also hard to find backgrounds that are the right size for them :nod:. One possible approach is having the deviation photo focus more on the centerpiece (with the ends being off-frame), and linking a second photo that’s more zoomed out :).
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ChaosFayProfessional General Artist
This is AMAZING!

I'm a jewelry maker myself, but gods below this is just...breathtaking.  I want to get a slinky black dress with a high neckline and wear this over it.  The dress will look like the void and this the curse that awaits those who dare disturb me.  A curse of beauty with a poisonous bite.

This makes me want to write a story.

Excellent work creating a gradual shift in feel and appearance.  The top/back with the frosted beads and growing setups that explode into large bright and sharp sections.  It's as though walking through a temple and pulling back curtain after curtain, door after door, to meet the voice of death.

This necklace is poetry.
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OdinsBeadHallProfessional Artisan Crafter
Ahh! Your comment makes me so happy! :heart: I was definitely going for that vibe. I called it my Cursed Object, a relic that you would find in a dungeon, and you know very well not to put it on. But something *calls* to you as you try and look away. xD
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CatsWireHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very cool!
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OdinsBeadHallProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! ^^
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It's absolutely gorgeous and I need it on my neck right now :heart:
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OdinsBeadHallProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :heart: It is a very heavy piece to wear and it makes you feel really really powerful xD
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