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Photographing on glass - earrings


#1

Hi Grace, Using a diamond drill bit (I like triple ripple diamond
drill bits from Crystalite) it is possible to drill holes in a piece
of glass for the earring posts to sit in. Use plasticine to build a
well around the point where you want to drill and fill the well with
water. Use a drill press. You need to keep the electricity well away
from the water! Don’t force the drill. Just apply it to the glass for
a second or so and then back it off to let the debris out of the
hole. You don’t want the drill to heat up. Make sure it stays wet. Be
sure to have a bucket of some sort to catch the water once the drill
breaks through the glass :slight_smile: Karen


#2

Thank you for the response Karen - I once had a professional
photographer ask me if he could cut off the posts on my earrings to
photograph them on glass!! I was Mortified! I couldn’t understand
why he couldn’t just drill holes into the glass and I understand you
can do that (thank you for explaining how so well), but wouldn’t you
be drilling all over the place, in different spots everytime you
shot a different piece?? There would eventually be holes all over
the glass. I guess it’s the best solution though. Thanks again, I
will try it.

GRACE


#3

Hi Grace Could you not have a couple of small pieces of glass with
the holes drilled that you can sit on top of you main glass? This
way you don’t damage your main glass. Also you could have different
size holes for things i.e. tie pins, cuff links, etc.

Karen Seidel-Bahr
the ‘ROCKLADY’ @Rocklady
K.I.S. Creations
May your gems always “Sparkle”


#4

A trick for holding earrings, even the ones without post, as well as
other jewelry or loose stones is to use Museum Wax. Here in
California, it is sold as earthquake wax and is used to keep stuff
on shelves in case of a shaker. It can be found at most any
hardware store here for a couple $$$'s you get a 50 gm jar which
should last about a lifetime and a half for most photo work. For
very large pieces, you may need to add a little filler of some sort
to prevent the wax from sagging with the weight, IE some casting
shot in the wax will help stabilize large ring. The wax is white
translucent color and if used sparingly, it will be invisible in the
shot. They have a web site at www.quakehold.com It is worth checking
it out.

I have not interest in the product other than being a satisfied
user.

Don


#5

Hi Grace Could you not have a couple of small pieces of glass with
the holes drilled that you can sit on top of you main glass? This
way you don’t damage your main glass. Also you could have different
size holes for things i.e. tie pins, cuff links, etc.

Karen Seidel-Bahr the ‘ROCKLADY’ @Rocklady
K.I.S. Creations
May your gems always “Sparkle”