Friday, October 3, 2014

My Lomography La Sardina DIY Camera + Win One of Your Own!

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY
The first time I really got into analogue photography was when I decorated a Holga camera back in 2010.

holga camera

I love messing around with my Holga camera and Polaroid cameras. There are so many surprises and accidents that make this type of photography so fun, and no one embraces this culture and art form better than Lomography. When my friend Juan at Lomography asked me if I wanted to embellish a Sardina camera and be a part of the DIY Sardina exhibit that they held in August, I felt really honored to be asked. :)

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY Photo via Lomography

More than the other toy cameras, the Sardina has always been a crafty canvas for photography lovers. I loved looking around at what other folks made on their cameras before I started on mine.

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY
Photo via Lomography

The Sardina comes in black and white-- I chose the white for a completely blank canvas. :)

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

I thought a long time about the design that I wanted to make on the Sardina and I settled on using a paint-by-number section of a beer label that I really liked.

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

I cut out all of the sections from the beer label to cover the camera and then used matte Mod Podge to adhere them to the Sardina.

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

I'm still waiting to get some of my Sardina pics back from development but I can't wait to see the accidental + serendipitous pics. :) As a special offer, the folks at Lomography are letting me host a giveaway where you can win a Sardina camera for yourself! All you need to do is go here and fill out the Google form! Winner will be announced at the bottom of this post on the 17th of October. ***Update on 10/20: Just pinged the folks at Lomography to pick someone-- hold tight!

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And be sure to follow Lomography USA on Facebook for more camera updates!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to Make a Necklace Pendant from a Rock

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

Over the past year I've been making quite a few rock necklaces. There's one I made from the Virgin Islands, two from Montauk, one from Las Vegas, one I photographed at Stonehenge, and one from my trip around the UK and Ireland. (For the rest of my statement necklaces, check out my gallery!) I've gotten a bit tired of making the bib-style necklaces and wanted to learn a new technique.

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

I remember back when I was a kid, I broke something and my dad fixed it with his soldering iron. I always thought soldering was some really cool yet really difficult skill that you had to learn in a class. Not. At. All. After a series of Youtube queries, I fell into a wonderful wormhole of soldering tutorials. Most of these tutorials demonstrated how to solder around sea glass or a glass pendant. I thought it might work for a pendant cap on some of the rocks I've collected, so I ordered the supplies. One Saturday afternoon my roommate woke up and found me crouched like the happiest hobbit playing with my new soldering iron. :P

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

For the supplies below, I probably spent a couple hours reading reviews and finding the perfect (and cheapest) stuff. These worked really well for me, hope they help you! :)

Supplies:
-Soldering Iron
-Copper Tape
-Lead-Free Solder (This one comes with lead-free flux, but if you want to make multiple pendants, I'd get the 1lb roll and it will last you forever.)
-Third Hand
-Jump Rings

A couple months ago I also made this tutorial video on how to make a pendant. :)



For this specific rock necklace below, I took all of the photos while we were in Monmartre, Paris. (AKA: My favorite place on earth.)

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

The rock at the bottom is actually from St. Thomas, VI but the pink geode qualities of the rock felt so Parisian to me, especially when I combined it with the rough pearls.

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

Montmartre

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

To see more of my statement necklace tutorials, visit the gallery I've put together! :)





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