I don't know about you, but I have a love/hate affair with jewelry. I don't wear jewelry, apart from a promise ring, and I truthfully wouldn't wear most of the jewelry I make because it would require me to dress better and I'm not willing to do that. I find I enjoy thinking about making jewelry more than I enjoy actually making it. In fact, I often find myself procrastinating about the making part. And--apparently this makes me weird--I like photographing my jewelry even more than I like thinking about making it.
I also like to make photo backgrounds (as well as think about making photo backgrounds), and I love to shop antique stores and junk shops for interesting photo props. Here are some of my recent acquisitions: an old tin box, an old metal cup, some cast iron spoons and a fork, an Army belt, and some old sheep shears. I got that Army belt from a junk store--unfortunately it was brand new when I bought it, so I hung it over the fence last fall and left it there for a few months and it looks better now. I might put it back out there again for a while.
32NorthSupplies. I thought I could glue them onto a piece of wood or MDF and then paint over them and make them look like faked up embossed book covers or faked up (are you sensing a theme here) architectural details from some posh but dilapidated pied-a-terre. Or something. Something mysterious. The cool thing about using stuff like this in jewelry photography, is that it's so close up, it's not necessary for the person looking at it to know what it is; it only needs to look vaguely interesting. It's all about suggestion. Maybe that's what I like about doing these backgrounds--they're not literal, identifiable things, they're just vague suggestions. I am a big fan of vague suggestions. (Like, "Maybe you would enjoy taking a long walk off a short pier?")