I am sorry that I haven’t posted as much as I planned this year. But life got in the way – and I started making videos. And making videos can be very time consuming. It’s a different process to blogging – and when you start out the editing takes ages. A while back I have written an article about moulding compounds and tested a few. You can find this article here.
I thought – why not show people how to actually use the compound to make a simple pendant?
So two weeks ago we filmed the whole thing, which is tricky on a dark November day, because of the light and because the camera I am using is my photo camera (a Canon PowerShot SX20 IS). So the quality is not as good as you would expect from a professional video camera. But hey – some people use their mobile phone (admittedly some are now of very good quality) or don’t even bother to edit anything and waffle on.
Occasionally things got slightly out of focus as the camera just didn’t behave! I think the original length of the first film was about 6 minutes – I managed to get it down to 4 minutes. Windows’ own Video Maker comes with some nifty tools – you can smooth over your edits with a variety of transitions and you can speed up scenes that otherwise would take forever. I used this speeding technique several times – if I’d left it I would just bore my viewers to death.
Anyway – here is my two part video tutorial on how to make a mould from a shell and a pendant from it with polymer clay. I hope you like it.
I hope with the next video I can smooth out some issues with focus and lighting. I still have to figure out a way of how I can video myself without my husband’s help. And I might have to move my craft table around for the set up as I do have a smaller tripod for the table.
If I do this more often I might have to consider getting a proper video camera for the purpose. Recommendations for reasonable priced cameras are welcome.
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