by Susan Anderson.
I am currently showing my mixed media artwork and jewelry for the month at a local gallery. Hanging wall art is easy, but displaying jewelry presented some challenges.
For the show, a few different types of displays were needed- wall, shelf and table, all done in an earthy tone to match the style of the jewelry.
For the wall I wanted something that would showcase my jewelry in an interesting, eye catching way. It needed to be easy for people to view as many pieces as possible but also simple in the way they could examine each item, and take it with them if they decided to buy.
After brainstorming a number of different ideas, I decided to use an old wooden shade, purchased for pennies at the thrift store. My friend Wendy came up with the idea of using clothespins secured to the shade, genius! Each clothespin was wired to the shade, the jewelry was clipped to a pin, making it a cinch for people to remove and put back. A hit of the show’s opening.
A color coded pricing system is used. Bracelets, pendants and earrings each have 4 color codes with prices, the necklaces have five. If prices need altering , it just required changing the coding not individual items, saving a huge amount of time.
Wall necklace displays were made from mat board. Each board contains my business name, two holes were punched toward the top, wire was fed through from front to back so it could hang. The wire was spiraled in front to keep it in place. Clothespins added to the top allowed the necklaces to be hung.
A standing necklace display was made from 2 trellises hinged together. This was a $3 garage sale bargain. Nails were placed in each opening to hang necklaces. The top was wired in places and more jewelry was hung. The entire system holds many pieces. Eventually it will be backed with black fabric.
For the shelf display, necklace busts partially covered in burlap were used, an old leather case held pendants, and jewelry was scattered on the shelf. The table display, not shown, has old wooden boxes and cases used to hold jewelry.
It was fun to be challenged in a different way to come up with something unique from my usual table displays.