Daily Wire Tip Sept. 13: Display Case Discussions

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
September 13, 2010


What are the best and cheapest display cases for displaying jewelry, and how can I make my own?

-Pamela in New Hudson, Michigan


By answering this question, I am sure that lots of our fellow jewelry artists will respond with many ways to create your own inexpensive displays. For a starter, I’d like to direct you to read the article Wire Jewelry Display & Booth Ideas, as well as the comments.

We have had some great discussions on this blog about how folks use “found” items to display their work for sale. Here is one of my favorites: Displaying Necklaces at Shows.

Jewelry Display Cases for Sale on Wire-Sculpture
Plexiglass Jewelry Display Case

Anyone else have some good ideas they would like to share?

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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    Ginni Tutterow

    September 13, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I display as much as I can in jewelry boxes with hang tags that fit over over edge of the box. I glue the tag to the box with rubber cement. The pieces are easy to pack & unpack — the lids are under the box when I display them, and to pack, I just close the boxes. Tags are in place and visible to the customers, including the stone & the price. Each piece is ready to close and hand to a customer. It’s not quite as fast as displaying multiple pieces in a case, but there’s no looking for a box when it sells, no carting extra boxes, no “can you write down what that stone was for me”, and each piece looks special and ready for gifting.

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    Cheryl Dunham

    September 13, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I made an earring display by taking two louvered doors, window size. I hinged them together, put a cupboard handle on top to carry it, and used a window lock to lock it together for transport.
    I put my earrings on cards large enough to fold the card, usually I use my business card. Once I place the card on the louvers I can just close the case for transport, I do place it in a trash bag in case any of the earrings fall off, the get caught in the bag and I don’t lose them.
    When I break down my display, I don’t have to pack up the earrings, just close it and I’m on my way.
    Hope this help you.

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    September 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    My display takes a little longer to do but I have rave reviews every show. I make triangle boxes for each piece. It makes it easy for transport, protects and keeps clean, and the really good part with each sale the purchaser gets a box to store the new treasure, also makes it easier if the purchase is a gift. I also use the acrylic photo boxes turned upside down as risers to give my display heights and demension. I made my earring displays from foamcore and bulletin board squares and material. Each (I have three right now) is a triangle and, using lazy susan parts, they turn. Just a word, sometimes your set-up/display sells your jewelry. Something unique will bring people to look and of course but!

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    September 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I had a friend in Md. that used to display her jewelry for sale at flea markets using a lg poster frame (the 2 piece kind made out of plexi that had foam rubber in it). It worked well and was great for security too.

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    September 14, 2010 at 10:30 am

    In line with this question, can tables be rented at a show? I have an economy car, no access to truck or van and a new/used truck purchase is not in the cards.


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      September 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

      Susan, sometimes larger show venues offer tables and other equipment for rent. When checking over an application, call the promoter to see if these options are available before applying.

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    Pat D

    September 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    My husband has made many of my displays. He looks at them and will come with an idea, and make them. I should mention that he is a retired carpenter. But any one with a small knowledge of wood working should be able to make displays.

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    Wendy Heinbaugh

    September 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Bracelets were a problem to display… until I used a piece of PVC pipe and covered it with velvet by rolling it like a jelly roll and draping the bracelets over the pipe. The bracelets can then be wrapped in the wrong side of the fabric and transported in the pipe. Cap it with a PVC cap and it’s portable!