by Jane Jennings.
My necklace display idea was inspired by Carolina Gonzalez, who made necklace displays from cardboard cut-outs of ladies in 19th century paintings.
I made my near-life-sized cutouts (chest up) with photos of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor.
I made them out of poster board, with the photos from the web blown up and glued on with spray adhesive.
I doctored the photos using Photoshop, erasing existing jewelry – and in Audrey’s case, her entire jacket!
After they were printed, they were a little blurry from being blown up, so I used a black colored pencil to clarify some lines.
I printed them in black and white, the better to show off the colorful jewelry they wore.
I made cardboard supports in the back (like the easel support on the back of a picture frame) out of more poster board, and taped them on with clear packing tape.
Then I glued reinforcements of plywood on the backs of the displays and on the supports.
Of course, I punched holes for the earrings, and cut into the pictures to allow the necklaces to go around the neck in the right place.
I wrapped Audrey and Grace in silk shawls, to look like evening gowns, to match the jewelry. Liz was already dressed!
I incorporated an antique thrift-shop mirror into my display, for more vintage appeal.
These ladies were real eye-catchers!
Multi-talented author Jane Jennings of Jewel Jungle says, “My varied career experience – opera singer, pianist, psychotherapist, decoupage artist – still enriches my life, and inspires my jewelry creations.”