|The turquoise dish background|
I found a few backgrounds for my pictures (such as the turquoise dish and a piece of wood) and I was very pleased with the results. However, I hit a problem when I started making copper jewelry with coloured accents such as beads or coloured wire. On the dark wood background the copper pieces just don't really stand out enough but against a turquoise background any colours in the piece start to look weird. Additionally I really wanted all my items to be pictured on the same background so they would look great all together in my Etsy shop.
|Grey background or overexposed earrings?|
My jewelry has rustic, handmade charm whereas a white background (in my mind) speaks of high class elegance, diamonds and gold. I really liked the way my pieces worked with a natural background such as the wood so I found one that would contrast with my items no matter what colour they were - slate. I bought a piece of darkish grey slate (its actually a cheeseboard from Crate and Barrel), confident that it would be perfect but without having the chance to test it out first.
Today I tried it out for the first time and I am very happy with the results. I have yet to see what they will look like all together but the individual pictures are great and I think the slate matches the style of my jewelry perfectly.
|Some before and after pictures|