Between the glare from the Angelina fibers, the metallic paints and threads, and the black background, it is a rather shiny piece. I had a difficult time trying to remove the glare when photographing it, and eventually I came up with this pic. It's not great but definitely better than others.
I also tried to remove the background using the directions in the Photoshop Elements 8 for Dummies but apparently this Dummy did not go about it the right way because it took forever and you can still see the background! Using that tiny little crosshair eraser was very nerve racking too! I think there's a way to designate the background as a layer and then delete it instead of trying to erase it manually but this must be in the "Photoshop Elements 8 for REALLY, REALLY STUPID People" book, and wouldn't you know it, I don't have that book!
Joyful Creations to You,