Here is an idea that my friend Wendy and I came up with to display jewelry for an art show exhibit I did recently at Joanne's Frame Shop and Gallery.
I needed to find some way to display the jewelry so individual pieces could be viewed and accessed easily. It also needed to be easy to store, not overly bulky, assembled and set up quickly.
This idea was the result of a lot of brainstorming, trial and error and rummaging through my large stash of thrift store finds. To be perfectly honest, it does take a good amount of time to put together, but once done, it is something that can be used over and over again. The final result looked wonderful and received rave reviews.
It started out to be used in the gallery show. I was showing both mixed media art and jewelry, so my exhibit space was limited. This panel hung on the main wall and was able to hold many pieces. I liked the way it looked so after the show, I decided to make another panel and modify them for use in outdoor shows to hang from the sides of the tent. This would allow me to use just one table, and have many pieces on display. Rather than flipping through many boxes with jewelry, it will now be easily viewed.
I started with an old wooden shade from the thrift store. In our area, they always seem to be available and for just pennies. I took the length needed by cutting away the row of extra slats, then tied the ends off with the string from the shade and added additional security by wiring the edges.
The next step was to lay out my jewelry cards on the panel to figure out positioning space and lay the clothes pins where they needed to be. Beginning at the bottom of the panel, each pin was attached.
HOW TO ATTACH THE CLOTHESPINS
The side hole in the clothespin is threaded with wire.
Lay the wired clothespin in the position you want it located on the shade,then thread the wire through the sides of one slat, turn over and twist to secure it from the back. Continue until all the clips are placed on your shade
To hang this in the gallery, it was attached to a wall using staples and small nails between the slats. It was very sturdy and durable.
To make the transition from the gallery wall to the side walls of my tent, I had to come up with a system to hang it. This has been a lot of brainstorming, trying different materials to see what would be strong enough to hold it yet easy to assemble.
My first idea was to create a wooden frame around the border and attach it to the shade by slipping wood frame slats through loops I would place on the back. I decided against this - not wanting to transport and store 6ft long pieces of wood.
So Plan B was to attach some kind of hanging clips to the top, then thread chain through the clip, at the desired length, and secure the other end of the chain around the side walls metal brace. The chain can be cut the same lengths, so the panel would hang evenly.
Having 2 panels to clip, became a challenge. Once I found what I would use, I didn't have enough material for both. So I'll show you the way each was done..
First Panel: My husband had some metal parts in his stash that would work, but only had 8, which was enough to go across the entire top of the small panel. This metal thing was wired to the shade as close to the top as possible. A key ring was placed through that. I determined I need 15" of chain. One end will be placed into the key ring, the other end I'll loop around the top bar of the side wall of the tent and S hook it in place.
Then I wired them to the top of the shade, as described above. This panel used 11 clothespins.
I have not cut the lengths of chain yet, so it is not pictured here. I have a show at the Sellersville Gallery of the Arts, this Sunday. I'll take pictures and add them to the post, sometime next week. Or, if you are in the area, come by and see it in person.
I still need to come up with a simple way to tether the bottom of the panel so it is stable when it hangs, so that will be pictured as well.
Here is a picture of the two panels all rolled up and ready for transport. Very compact and won't take up much room in the car.
I hope this gives you some inspiration for your next display project. I would love to hear what other jewelry artist are doing as well!