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Jewelry Display Frame
Article © MAIL User: Dragon_Queen

Frame Necklace Display -DIY
written by Dragon Queen
Edited by Darken

Okay, this is the first article of a set that is coming on jewelry display. Everything I have included in this set is a Do-It-Yourself Project (DIY). This display is quick and easy; it takes maybe ½ an hour.

First you will need to gather your supplies and tools:
1 picture frame
Cloth of your choice
Scissors
Duct tape
Quilted batting (You want the stuff that is batting between two layers of fabric and is quilted not just the batting)
Quilting pins (these are the plain metal pins with non-plastic tops)

Picture frame(s): This is the fun part of the project. Make your way around to garage sales and dollar stores and find yourself some interesting picture frames. The glass is not necessary, as you don’t need it for this project. Glass is great to have around for something else in the future, though. You can get as creative as you want with these frames; I like to use a huge assortment of frames and spray paint them with a flecked spray that will add texture to the frame. This ties all the different frame styles into the rest of your display (not just your frames) but still leaves each frame unique. Feel free to add lace and beads and other artsy, creative things to the frames.

About your Fabric:
Colour: Choose your fabric wisely. You will need something that contrasts with your piece (i.e. white on black). Most often I use black because of the color of most of the metal I use stands out beautifully on the black material. When working with anodized aluminum, or other such coloured metals you will have to steer away from black. Primary colors are usually a good choice. Reds, blue and greens are often catchy and can add as eye-catchers in an otherwise black display. For example if you have eight pieces and need the ninth to really stand out place it on a different background color.

Fabric Type: Use what ever is in your budget; most fabric stores have discount bins or sections, head there first. Now if you REALLY must get fancy my first and favourite suggestions is crushed velvet. This provides as soft background for your piece and makes the artwork stand out that much more. Silks and satins are also nice additions to any display and oddly enough I have seen some soft faux furs add nice touches to themed displays such as white faux rabbit for a winter necklace set. I would stay away from prints, plaids, or batiks as they will only distract people from your artwork.

NOTE: CLEAN AND IRON YOUR FABRIC BEFORE USE


Construction

Please read this all over once, before actually doing anything. Some steps (such as step 6) need premeditation.

Step 1: Take apart your frame and remove the glass; you won’t need it for this project. Keep it around though, as you may find a use for it later. You will only need the cardboard backing and the frame itself.
Image: dqframeapart.jpg

Step 2:
Cut your quilted batting to the same size as the cardboard backing from the frame. If you run over the sides it will not fit back in the frame. The batting you see below is Fiberfill, you can choose to use a nicer batting than I have.
Image: dqfiberfillcut.jpg

Step 3: Duct tape the batting to the board so that it will not move around under the fabric. You could also use a spray adhesive, but I personally stay away from the chemicals involved with spray adhesives as much as possible.
Image: dqfiberfilltaped.jpg

Step 4: Cut the fabric that will be your cover next. Make sure that you have an overlap of at least an inch. More is okay just don’t go overboard.
Image: dqcutblack.jpg

Step 5: Place the fabric over the batting and cardboard, and pull the overlap around to the backside of the cardboard. Tape the fabric in place, pulling fairly taut but not so much as to cause creases. A good tip is to start at the top then tape the bottom, saving the sides for last. This prevents you from taping the fabric down at a strange angle. The corners may also need to be taped.
Image: dqtapedback.jpg

Step 6: Time to place in the frame again! This can take a bit of fighting, because the fabric just added extra thickness to the cardboard. If you have a really thick fabric you may have to cut down the cardboard so that it will all fit.
Image: dqframed.jpg

Step 7: Well now you have to lay out and pin down your piece. Check how it looks when it is hanging often. When you’re happy with it you are ready to display your jewelry!
Image: dqframelayout.jpg Image: dqpinnedframe.jpg Image: dqhungframe.jpg

Simple and effective!

Optional step that fits in at the end of step 5: You may want to cover the back of the frame, which will now show the duct tape. I personally just add more duct tape in nicer strips covering all of the little duct tape squares holding down the fabric.



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