Thursday, January 1, 2009

Way Out West Necklace

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Way Out West Necklace
Originally uploaded by mary_tafoya

This winter I'm having a lot of trouble photographing my jewelry, now that the sun comes directly into the south side of my house. Even indirect light casts a bright shadow! Not complaining about the sunshine, it's one of the reasons I love living here. But I've struggled a lot to figure out where to shoot, and how to get the color just right. I dunno. I must have shot 20 images of this necklace. I think this is the best I can do (til spring ;-)

But I love it in person. 8-) I put it in my Etsy shop today -- it features a carved bone feather pendant, decorated with turquoise, peach moonstone, and mahogany obsidian stones. The strand is made with some vintage coin silver beads, faceted turquoise barrels, and wood beads that remind me of amber.

I never know what length to make my necklaces, so I've been making them adjustable! The chain on this one has an eye bead for a counterbalance. Gotta have your talisman handy, que no?



  1. Mary, this is gorgeous! If I wasn't trying not to shop, it would be mine, mine, mine.
    I hear you about winter photography...I've been taking stuff outside, into the shade, and accepting it for what it is. ;-p Fortunately, "production" has slowed, so the point is mostly moot.

  2. Aw, thanks Crystal. It's a funky style that'll always be near and dear to my heart ya know?

  3. Happy New Year to you Mary!
    I love all things in the Southwestern color palette.
    May 2009 be a landmark year for you.



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