Friday, April 30, 2010

Craft Show Necklace Display Project

I am doing my first craft fair at the DIY Gallery in Silverlake this Sunday, as part of the Etsy Los Angeles Street Team.  It's been a very long time since I've been to a craft fair, certainly since before I started making jewelry, so I really don't know what to expect.  I've been studying the Etsy forums and Flickr groups about what to bring and how to set up a display.  Some common advice is to avoid having too many items laying flat on the table.  While searching for ideas on how to do this, I came across this project on DIY Sponge.  I was very excited until I saw the required materials:  wood, a jig, sandpaper...  And worse, the template link is broken.

Luckily, thanks to Google, I found this much simpler version, constructed from foam core board.  The title of the article is "Make a $1 DIY jewelry bust" -- my black foam core board cost me $5 at Michaels, but nevermind...

Still though, it linked to the DIY Sponge project with the broken template, so what I did was print out this image.  Then I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to enlarge it on the photocopier, so I placed the small image on my board, traced around it with a white pencil, then drew around that a little bigger, before finally biting the bullet and drawing the size I wanted to cut out.  You can see the evolutions it went through on the back of the finished product:

I then cut it out with an X-Acto knife (not easy on the hands...), cut out a triangle from the remainder of the board, and taped it onto the back to make it stand up.  And it worked!  I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, what do you think?

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