Posts Tagged ‘DIY jewelry display’

I’m actually gonna take just one second to acknowledge the passing of an amazing man – Mr. Don Moehnke of Eureka, CA. He was my first music teacher – recorder, flute, voice and music theory – and he was a tremendous and bright light. To the family of Mr. Moehnke, I just want to say that I mourn for your loss, he was special. Thank you for sharing your husband and father with so many little children and young adults, for so many years. He touched so many lives and now he is gone to the place where the music never ends.


Okay. DIY earring tutorials. Right. On it.

Part I – You will remember that we left off with cutting the mesh to size and attaching the mesh.


Place the wire mesh over the back of the frame, leaving yourself about 3/4 – 1″ of space for the hanging rings. Use a staple gun, and attach the mesh securely to the frame like so:


Now, get some D ring hangers. I got them at Aaron Bros. when I got the frames. You can probably also find them at Home Depot. Get two per frame.


Take a pen, and place the hangers where you want them. Then mark your frames so you know where to drill. Remember, though, mark/measure twice. Cut/drill once.



I actually drilled most of the holes but for photography purposes and because he is more photogenic than me, Captain Sexypants is today’s drilling demonstrator and model.

Hey, the power drill is the one tool in the shop that I am actually somewhat comfortable using!


You want to drill with a slightly smaller bit than your screws, and not quite as far down as your screws will go.


Attach your hangers. Careful not to strip the screws.


And that’s basically it. Now you can hang these on ribbons and hooks, or screws, whatever you like. I will probably hang two on the wall and put one on an easel.


I like the idea of using S-hooks for hanging things, but for my little pendants of glass, that doesn’t work so well. So they’re sideways S-hooks that I made out of copper. I’m still figuring out the proper hook to hook ratio but this is the general idea. People can pick out the tile they like and I’ll have an assortment of ribbons, chains and cords for them to pick from.


It also works nicely for earrings and necklaces, though I am going to use standard S-hooks for those and the earrings will be on cards.

It’s nice to have these done, though they were the least labor intensive of our efforts. Today we also stained things!


Hey baby… nice racks!


We put stain on the shelving brackets and plank shelves today, and they look very nice. It’s Minwax “terracotta” and I think we’re just gonna wax these after we finish staining everything. I’m not much for polyurethane and shiny, and wax is pretty nice looking.

Captain Sexypants is left handed and I am right handed and if we stand side by side the right way when we stain boards, it is a beautiful symphony of coordination. Unlike if we stand on the wrong side, when it is a cacophany of elbows banging.


We are ridiculous, but that’s okay. You know you still want to come see us when Honey&Ollie opens up at Crafted on June 29th!

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Displays in progress

The Infamous Captain Sexypants (who is now “The Infamous Captain Sexypants” instead of just plain “Captain Sexypants” for the purposes of this blog post because at Uptown Village Market people he’d never met before kept coming up to him and going, “Hey you are Captain Sexypants, aren’t you?” and calling out across the crowded fair, “HEY CAPTAIN SEXYPANTS! HEY!” and other such things, and then I had some splainin’ to do) is VERY handy with wood. And, as you can see, he also knows his way around a sander and a table saw.

These were a splintery 10′ 4×4 post, some banister caps and a board, just a few short days ago. Now they are satiny, deluxe, almost-finished jewelry displays of pure AWESOME.

Once they are all glued and screwed together, I’ll be priming, painting and distressing them. An undercoat of brown and an overlay of cream (probably with a crackle finish and some dry brushed gold), then we’ll be adding cup hooks. They’ll primarily be used to display my handspun yarns and handknit caps, but the shorter ones will do nicely to show off my stitch markers and maybe also some earring cards.

There will be a tutorial.

Tomorrow, I will be turning a set of 3 vintage looking frames into earring hangers and a necklace display using florist’s wire, a staple gun, cork and aida cloth.

And hey guess what? Probably there will be a tutorial.

In the very least, there will be pictures.

Thursday, we are going to go to Home Depot for boards and probably we will also stand around hemming and hawing about paint chips and flooring samples and pulling our hair while we look agonized at the million. freaking. choices.

Oh wait, that’s just me.

The Infamous Captain Sexypants will probably just look cool and calm and collected and point out the perfect shade of Martha Stewart fancy texture-able flat latex.

Because he’s good like that.

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