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Displaying Jewelry – The Story so Far

3 Aug

I’ve been busy, setting up, arranging and rearranging my jewelry display at Craftshop na Méar, in the little town of Listowel in Co. Kerry. An Aladdins cave of colour and crafts that came into being at the end of last year. The building at 53 Church Street was built in 1819 and has all the charm and details of bygone days, a big stove in the hearth, chunky brickwork walls and flagstone floors. It’s a beautiful location to showcase local crafts and is now home to the work of 50 different craftspeople working in yarn, fabric, painting, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork, photography, and more. I was delighted to join the crew and was excited to bring my vintage inspired jewelry line 1801Vintage to the quaint surroundings of this historic building.
Setting up a display was, and continues to be, a daunting challenge. As the collection continues to grow I keep finding new ways to showcase the jewelry to its best effect. I was initially displaying beside the whitewashed wooden door which links the front to the larger back section of the store. The collection was smaller so the space was perfect.



Situated now beside the beautiful stove I’m inspired by the building as I create the displays striving to maintain that rustic charm that the building conveys. And as the collection expands, the display continues to grow with it.









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Jewelry’s Big Day Out

23 Mar

I decided it was time to gather up the jewelry I’ve been making, figure out how to display them and head out the local alternative craft fair. My button post earrings fit perfectly onto my business card, for the longer earrings I made bigger cards and my button rings were perfect in my Ring Display Box. I’ve been working on some necklaces too so I borrowed some black velvet neck displays. It was great to get such positive feedback, and selling a few items was fun.

Black Velvet & Lace Cuffs

26 Oct

I made these cuffs from velvet ribbon, scalloped lace with a pair of extra large hook & eyes. I like the results and of course using contrasting coloured materials will create a totally different effect.

DIY Ring Display Box

12 Oct

I’ve spent the last few weeks making all kinds of jewellery and in the process of it started to puzzle over how it could all be displayed. There are some suggestions online which I interpreted to get the results I wanted. My first display case is one to showcase the rings I’ve been having fun creating. It’s easy to put together just follow my instructions.

What I Used:
1/2 inch Pipe Insulation
12 X 24 cm Box Frame
1/4 metre Black Stretch Velvet (any stretch fabric will do)

Step 1:
Remove the glass, clips and backboard from your frame.

Step 2:
Measure the width at the back of the frame and cut the pipe insulation into 5 of these lenghts.

Step 3:
Wrap the velvet around the pipe to get an idea how wide you need to cut the strips that will cover each tube. Cut the strips.

Step 4:
Fold the strips in half lenghtways so that the velvet is on the inside. Sew a straight seam along the edge and turn inside out so that you have a tube of velvet.

Step 5:
Feed the pipe insulation lenghts you have cut into the sewn velvet tubes. Tidy up the velvet edges at the ends of the tube by sewing and trimming neatly.

Step 6:
Place the covered insulation tubes into the frame et voila.

The Red Shoes

8 Jun

There’s nothing quite like new shoes but sometimes it can be hard to find something exciting at the store. When I bought this pair of vintage red leather shoes it was a potential- in- mind purchase. I wasn’t sure of what action to take right away so I just kept them in sight, and seeing them against different fabrics and textures started to inspire a plan.

I wanted to maintain the vintage style and even accentuate it. They have a typical 1950s design, pointed heels and the winkle pickers. It got me thinking about shoes and fashion from the era, the everyday glamour and the specifics of it. Not a groundbreaking decade in terms of design instead fashion put emphasis on the female figure, advocating the hourglass. Fashion worked to create the illusion of the hourglass through form fitting and using exaggerated layering and pleating to create volume. I thought perhaps the shoes would indeed benefit from a bit of volume, it would create that sense of 50s glamour that flat detailing certainly could not. I played around with trimmings and fabrics until I came across this ribbon that is so reminiscent of the old school nylon stockings with the seam down the back – perfect to evoke glamour of the 1950s in a shoe.

Using my fingers to create an even pleat I folded, pinned and handstitched each pleat for the centre and side panels. I cut the excess ribbon running down from the centre panel along the line that marked the end of the heel, a curved line that fit perfectly above the heel’s little sole. To attach the voluminous pleats I used a super glue, although I’m looking into other adhesives right now as the glue I used was a little awkward and I would like a little more control especially when using fabric. The ribbon attached instantly and I let it set for a while (although I did try it on seconds after the bond). Complete.


17 May

Welcome to DIYFORSTYLE. Where I will keep you updated on my upstyling, designing and customising adventures. Recently I’ve been raiding the button jar and playing around with beads to make these earrings.

The little metal ones are some vintage buttons that I bought at a street fair in Berlin, the loop at the back of the button easily slips into the wire circle at the end of the earring hook. I secured it with some jewellery glue just in case. Made another fun version of these with bright yellow NYC taxi buttons.

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