Sunday, August 9, 2015

How to Update Boring Jewelry Displays

Every now and then I feel the urge to make some new jewelry displays for my antique show booth. I used a lot of black velvet displays several years ago, but I'm really more of a burlap and lace kinda gal which is a much better fit for my repurposed jewelry. Most of my old black velvet necklace and bracelet displays have been stashed in the back of a closet collecting dust and anything else willing to stick to them.  Instead of tossing or donating them, I decided to salvage what I could from a couple of bracelet bars.

How to update a boring jewelry display
A rusty old gear and a non-working milk glass lamp were perfect candidates for the new bases.


updating a boring jewelry display with a vintage lamp and burlap
After cutting off the old base, I glued burlap directly to the velvet with Tacky glue, then covered each end with a pocket watch face.  The bar was a snug fit inside the lamp socket, so it just needed a dab of E6000 to keep it from coming loose.

Updating a boring jewelry display with vintage lace
For the second display, I glued two pieces of vintage lace around the velvet, then covered the ends with the same lace.

Update an old jewelry display with vintage bits and pieces
Rusty gear, rhinestones, twine, and lace.  I like this combination!!

How to update a jewelry display with an old lamp
 The milk glass lamp needed a little sparkle too.

Update borning jewelry displays with vintage components
Pay no attention to those lifeless old watches that snuck in the picture.  I'm working on beautifying a bunch of them and will share them with you soon. 

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27 comments:

  1. Great ideas - love the look of them.

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  2. Love these and so much more your style then black velvet!

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  3. So beautiful!!! Just love how you have given them a new lease on life!

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  4. Just love this idea Betsy! Perfect for your syle now,

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  5. Very unique and perfect for your fabulous jewelry. I bet someone is going to want to buy one for their jewelry!!

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  6. Betsy you are so clever and creative. This is fabulous.
    Kris

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  7. Brilliant ! So much more unique than the same ol' same ol'.

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  8. Very creative and beautiful Betsy!

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  9. Betsy your new displays are beautiful. So unique.

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  10. How wonderful! I just love your ability to combine items to create one very interesting and useful item!! You have such inspiring vision. :)
    ~~Carolyn @ Our Gilded Abod

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  11. Much prettier!
    I had some of the standard black velvet ones, and think I gave them all away except for one for necklaces.
    Have a great day.

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  12. A timely post for me, Betsy, as I need to redo and update my jewelry display in the shop. Fabulous!

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  13. Both of these are delightfully you! What a genius idea for the lamp, that just floats my boat forever.

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  14. Awesome upgrades. Using that old milk glass lamp was genius, well so was the combination of lace and a rusty gear. You'll have fun using them in your displays.

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  15. That is just genius! So creative and cute!! Kim @ Hunt & Host

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  16. Love your jewelry displays...so pretty!!
    ~Cindy

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  17. Ok, so where were you when I was trying to come up with a unique display for all my charm bracelets when I did that jewelry show? I ended up using driftwood, believe it or not. But your displays are so cool!
    xoKathleen

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  18. I loved milk glass when I was a kid. I wonder whatever happened to my mother's?

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  19. Amiga,suas artes sempre me surpreendendo,parabéns.Boa semana.Beijo.Valéria.

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  20. I love your make-over! Love the choice of bases, and the rhinestone bling! Can't wait to see what you do with the old watches!

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  21. VEry eager to share this idea with one of my jewelry-making friends. I think she'll love it and I know that I do!

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  22. You need to write a book. I would definitely buy it! You have soooo many great ideas, Betsy!

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  23. This is so clever! Looks so pretty.

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  24. shut the door...You are amazing! Say, if you do a post on those watches, can you tell us how to get the glass face off the watch and the back....cripes, I can't figure it out and I have a bunch of watches

    Carol

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  25. Betsy, you are so clever! I love the added lace and burlap. The clock faces on the end is such a cute idea also. Love both bases, but that gear is especially fabulous! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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