As time goes and I obey my need to bead, the result is of course that I have quite a few finished pieces of jewlery lying around.
I plan to have a stand at a local faire in a while as well, so naturally i have been busy lately making more. How do you store all the bracelets and earrings and whatnot? So far I've just been keeping all of it in plastic box, but it does'nt look good and every time i go past it I think that I should get it more organized.
But how? Any good ideas?
Hi Laila, I'm only a newbie to beading however I thought of buying some cheap cork boards, decorating with paint, lace etc and than pinning the goodies on the board. This would work either standing or lying flat I think. I've recently bought some lace from the local Thrift shop that I'm going to use on the cork board. You could display some of your items on small mirrors raised at different heights so they reflect and really glitter. I found a website that has a pattern for displaying necklaces that you could also use. http://jewelry-business-blog.com/jewelry_displays/lovely-cheap-diy-jewelry-display/ Sorry I don't know how to make the link active but you can just copy and paste into your browser. I'm thinking of doing a stall at the local markets in our area, there are quite a few so I want something that's easy to carry and store but still looks good. Pinterest also has some great ideas http://pinterest.com/ChristineGaul/market-stall-styling-ideas/ Use and adapt to suit your needs.
I'm sure the more experienced beaders will be able to give you more ideas.
Back again Laila. You need to go to the forum thread Beading Business » Creative Jewelry Displays? There are lots and lots of ideas in there.
Thank you for answering. Perhaps I was a bit unclear in my question. I have a few plans when it comes to displaying my jewlery at the faire when the day comes, but I was thinking about what to to when all the stuff is just lying around in the house, in a pile the keeps growing
I really liked the idea with the mirrors, though. I hadn't thought about that, thanks.
Sorry about the confusion Laila but at least I wrote something useful. So what you need is something that keeps everything organised and you can use when travelling to and from the faire and and future events as well? I'll contemplate and see if I can come up an idea or two. If you suddenly have a flash of brilliance please share so I can get organised for future possibilities.
Laila, I'm like a dog with bone, keep on worrying it until it's worn down.
What about a makeup case like these - http://www.makeupcasepro.com.au/makeup_cases? I don't know how much they would store but maybe you could check them out and see if they're suitable. They seem to have multiple sections so you could have bracelets in one, necklaces in another and so on. When you finish an item you just pop it into the appropriate section, maybe in individual bags with all the details on a label, and your ready to go.
I've found exactly what I need, a makeup trolley. Look here - http://www.makeupcasepro.com.au/inc/sdetail/649. This would be perfect or something like this would be perfect, if it weren't so expensive. But it's got drawers and adjustable spaces and all sorts of storage hidey holes. I've even found some on ebay that have mirrors that lift up so customers could check out how great your jewellery looks on them.
If only I had unlimited funds.
I have cork boards that I can remove from the wall. I use silver push pins and hang my necklaces and bracelets. I don't like to put everything away, as I look back on some things I've made to get a new idea (or improve an old one). I bought about a mile of black velvet, and used some as a tablecloth for the shows, and sewed a couple of velvet "pillowcases" that would slip over the cork boards. Then I can stick the pins in a hang away. At some shows, I've used two black open mesh square metal baskets (great sale at TJ Maxx). I stand them up on the side and hook earrings, and sometimes bracelets on them. For storage at home, I've used zip lock bags (I think things might tarnish more quickly, tho), and also cardboard photo storage boxes (about the size of a shoe box). I line the bottom with something soft (leftover blanket material) and label the outside.
(This is my new work area in our basement)
When I make a new piece it goes into a zippy lock bag with a tarnish preventive tab and is sealed until I get it onto my inventory sheets. Once it's on my inventory sheet it goes onto a utility tray with a velvet display board. Then I put another tarnish preventive tab into it and cover the tray with that plastic wrap that seals itself. Then the whole thing goes into my carrying case.(Or salesmans case) Then when I have a show I just pick up the case and go.
I don't know if this was of any help.
southwest Texas USA
I store my finished pieces in a jewelry display case like this:
That is a very nice idea! They're not cheap, but no slogging it around, just roll!
It sure helped me! I forgot about the anti-tarnish tabs, that way you can still see what's inside. I've seen the trays with the carrying cases. Great idea!
That's a neat idea! It would be good to hold works in progress, too.
My parents want to get me a hutch so I can display my necklace busts with finished pieces on them. What do you guys think?
Well, consider SueEllen, I'm pretty much getting a brand new apartment, so I've never had the space before, either. Things are coming along. We have to touch up the painting, then the carpet is coming......then the interior decorating can begin. Whee! I can't wait to show you guys around when it's all finished! Then my place will be just like this: