Thanks to some wonderful ideas I have seen on this site I started to think ‘outside the square’ for displaying my work.
I seen all sorts of wrought iron deco things that were out of my price range but I kept looking for that ‘something’.
My first find was a simple stand with 3 spirals for (NZ)$3.00 at a second hand shop. (That’s probably about US,$1.50) I used it to drape 3 necklaces.
The second find was a small sized fire guard. It was on sale for $5.00. My jaw dropped at the possible uses and I grabbed it.
This photo doesn’t do the final display justice. A friend photographed this for me with my camera as I was too busy.
I had set this up for display at an art exhibition and upon my return two days later, the organizers of the exhibition had found a larger table which enabled the sides to be opened up wider.
I attached the earring cards to the fire guard with twisty ties (that I made with wire and plastic tubing) through the wire mesh. I was also able to do the same with the necklace. To tidy up the back of the fire guard where all the bits of twisty ties were showing, I edged some black fabric and used wire threaded through the material to make a curtain. I was very pleased with the final result and I at least sold a pair of earrings!
I had to show you the second picture. My son had made this last year at school. A lego inspired coffee cup holder. I borrowed ‘him’ for a market day!
In New Zealand we are heading into the Summer season and my fire guard is now temporarily disguising my open fireplace. I will add that it looks gorgeous with a couple of magnets attached. Next winter it will be tucked away for a future art exhibition.
I really like the “guy”, he is great. The other ideas are wonderful too.
Displaying jewelry with a fire guard and a Lego guy
Pauline, I’m so thrilled to hear how much the ideas on this site have helped you put together your own display setup.
Your $5 fire guard and $3 stand were great finds – it’s amazing how you can create a really great jewelry display on a very small budget, isn’t it?
And the “Lego guy” created by your son makes a handsome jewelry model! 🙂
I think you’re off to a fantastic start – and I wish you all the best with your future jewelry events.
Thank you for your wonderful feedback!
Dsplays using artificial trees
I have found going to some department stores, especially during the fall and winter holiday season, that they offer a wide variety of tree displays that are good for hanging jewelry from. I just recently purchased a three-n-half gold colored tree branch set in a pot for $6. I can hang several pieces from the branches because of the wide spacing. I’m getting ready to do a holiday show and this will be the center piece I use with a bright, red satin cloth underneath the main display.
I love that! One of my many ‘things to do’ is to make a wire tree. I’ve scrounged some old wire for another project then suddenly I realized I have what I need to make that tree. Now if I could only find that illusive moment….!