Making Displays

When you’re working on a very strict budget, you kind of have to work with what you have. I used to sell jewelry (one of those party plan businesses) so I have a couple of displays I used to use for that. But they are old and inadequate for displaying all the different items I make. I’ve found necklace racks on sale. Shoot! I even found some really great Halloween decorations I was able to use as displays. I purchased those at a discount store on clearance and got them for a pittance! Anyway, I found this really great blog post by BluKatKraft about an interesting display idea: DIY Decoupage Mannequin Head Crafts. I fell in love with the project. I have made 3 fabulous medieval head-pieces. People look at them curiously because they don’t look like necklaces. But they’re just not sure what to think of those two loose ends without clasps. And only once in a while will you find people willing to ask questions about your products.

I decided to try to tackle this project when I could purchase the mannequin head. My boss at my part-time job is awesome. She saw the post I shared on facebook and gave me a mannequin head to try out the project. I started working on Pianola Saturday afternoon and she’s almost complete. She radiates a ‘Steampunk’ sort of feeling, so I chose a musical instrument that went along with that genre. (After all, putting so much time and effort into her, I couldn’t leave her nameless!) I asked John if I could use some of his more artistic prints to create the base for my project and he agreed. I printed out the ones I wanted to use on regular printer paper. I honestly wasn’t sure how that would work, or how well the ink would stay on. I did experience the ink bleeding a little in the darker areas but it was an overall success. I’ll post the finished product picture as soon as I get all the embellishments on but here is the base covered with the papers I used and 2 coats of Mod Podge. The girls and John said she was ‘creepy but in a cool way.’ I think I can deal with that. I wonder if customers will be able to? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. The girls want to try making one, too, so I’ll be looking around for more mannequin heads in the near future.

She'll be complete with makeup, eyelashes, and a wig by the time I'm finished.

She’ll be complete with makeup, eyelashes, and a wig by the time I’m finished. One thing I truly love about this project is that it will not only display my talents, but also John’s!

The next time I make a display project, I’d like to try one of the frames with screen attached so I can better display all the earrings I’ve made. Then I’ll be able to use my current displays for showcasing the girls’ bookmarks, mine and John’s key chains, and my barrettes. It’ll be lots of fun, I’m sure!

Ideas can be life-changing.  Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.”  ~Jim Rohn

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