The linen I showed you yesterday was left from a long long ago work project. We were doing a huge mural for a trade show and need to paint the mural on art canvas. We could not find one that was pre-primed with gesso, so I searched and found the tight weave linen at an art supply store. We mounted the lined to our backdrop and I snagged the trimmings (imagine that)
Fast forward 21 years and I have a more clearly defined "creative style" that includes the natural colors and love of texture that the linen has. Plus I have a tiny little booth at a shop here in Athens, where I sell junk finds, some vintage stuffs, and my creations.
These creations include the silverware bracelets and collage spoon pendants.
Well, I have had the bracelets simply lying on a tray and well, seems losers are everywhere, so I have had a little issue with the ease of people being able to simply pick them up and walk out with them. So I start pondering..... and searching. and I find bracelet displays like the one pictured below.......
Ok my friends --- does that "look" like "me"....
I'm thinking absolutely not.
I work in a plumbing store --- and well ---there is access to plumbing pipe fittings. I mention an idea to the Crusty Old Guy and the next morning, a really pretty (insert rolls eyes and sarcastic tone one the really pretty) stand appears on my desk. PVC PIPE - ELBOWS - TEES - CAPS are not all that attractive.
(If you don't believe me crawl under your house with all the spider webs, snakes, and those camel crickets, and take a look)
The idea was perfect in theory, but how to make it look like my stuffs ---- hmmmm???
I set it for a few and pondered.
On Saturday I woke up and I just knew what I was going to do. Enter ModPodge, book pages, batting, LINEN and lace.
ModPodge the fittings --- with book pages.
Hand stitch padded Linen sleeves around the pipe. Accent with stunning vintage lace.
And all of a sudden ---- we have a MaggieGrace looking bracelet stand.
Now I know all of you jewelry makers want one of these bad boys.......
The best thing about it --- cheap and easy --- and it comes apart at all the connections so I can change the look quickly if I choose to.
I'm loving it myself.
(PLEASE -- please don't flood my comment section with requests for yours. These are custom made display stands and it may take me a bit to catch up with the demands ---------- *** giggles and grins go here ***)
Have a wonderful afternoon.