Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Glass background for your picture shots

I have been always attracted to jewelry photography on glass background because of reflection that makes jewelry even more sophisticated.
I have been experimenting with this and I still am.
I would like to share my latest tutorial on how to make a nice glass background for your picture shot.

You will need:
  • Cut glass
  • Succors
  • Masking tape
  • Silver acrylic paint from Michael's (spray may work even better)
  • Sponge brush

1. Take a piece of cut glass in a size that is suitable to your item size. Can be just glass from any old pictures frame.

2. Wash it with the soap and dry it with paper towel.

3. Apply at least two coats of paint on one side of glass. Let it dry between second (or third) coat. Let is completely dry.

4. Cut stripes of masking tape and wrap all sharp edges of the glass. You don't want bleeding while taking pictures shots. How do I know? ;)

5. Place the glass painted side down in your light box and enjoy experimenting.

6. Some more ideas. I have painted another piece of glass in black color. Looks stunning. But be careful of a mirror effect that reflects everything. Though I managed to crop that properly. :)
Next time I am going to try to paint with white color.

7. Almost forgot. When you remove your newly painted glass from your lightbox don't put it on the chair beside you... You may forget and sit down on it. Guess again how do I know that too? LOL


SimplyEverything said...

Hey thats a good idea!!!!! Thanks!

Dotty said...


the 6 o'clock stitch said...

This is great! You should add it to the tutorials at this month's "Make & Tell"...Here's the link:


Fashionably Adorned said...

great idea.. I will have to give it a try.. thanks

Anonymous said...

Great information; nice pictures and gorgeous jewelry.

StudioCherie said...

Beautiful results. Thanks for sharing!

Joyce said...

Love it thanks for the tip!

Mary Ann said...

Thanks for the great idea (and the tips). Your photos look amazing.

KittsKrafts said...

Thanks for sharing! Your photo looks great.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh wow, what a great idea! The photos look amazing! I would love to link to this on Thursday if you didn't mind.

Amber said...

I love how glass changes things the way wetness does. Thanks!
Oh and I know a lot of things the same way you do.

Alessia said...

This is such a cool idea! I'll love to share with my readers in my blog, if you don't mind... Linking to your blog, of course!
Thank you for sharing,

Kirby3131 said...

It's a whole year after you wrote this, but to me it's brand new. I've wanted to paint glass for a long time now but never once thought of using it to photograph things on - totally cool!!

Love how you infused humor and real life antics into your tutorial. Ask me how I know LOL

L. Love said...

Thank-you so much Ingo, I've got to try this great idea for my jewelry pics! By the way your jewelry is gorgeous..