in the jewellery magazines and noticed that the rings in them
are magically standing up alone.
Try a tiny dab of hot glue using a hot glue gun. Stand the ring up
on a piece of non-glare glass with the glue. Prop the glass sheet by
the ends on a couple of bricks or short sections of 2X4. You can then
use a strip of storm gray paper, or 40% gray and place the sheet
under the glass. Bend the far end up in a gentle curve. Then you'll
get a graded gray background for your piece. I have a sheet of
plexiglass, the kind used for flourescent light fixtures, sort of a
frosted peble texture, somewhat opaque. I bend this over the entire
glass plate/brick arraingment and prop it by the ends into an arch
using a couple cinder blocks. Hit the outside of the arch with a
couple 300 watt spots and use a third, 100 watt spot on a stand in
front. You get a diffused light over the article and the front spot
can be moved to eliminate or manipulate any shadows.
David L. Huffman