As the craft fair season approached, I wanted some new ways of displaying my jewellery pieces - and no doubt typical of most of us crafters, I didn’t have what you might call a budget. I was going to have to make do with items I had to hand and a bit of effort.
Luckily I’m a hoarder, so I always have lots of card and papers to hand that I collect over time - you know the sort - too good to throw away and might come in useful some day, so you save it, just in case. I also regularly visit a paper mill shop and cannot resist new materials either. This is why my office is so untidy and appears to be way too small.
I worked out this shape as a quick and easy display bust for necklaces - I initially made it in card by gradually modifying the shape to overcome the various problems - my template is based on an initial scan of my prototype. At the time, one side worked rather better than the other, so I wanted to scan it and mirror the good side and print out my own template - once I'd done that and later made further modifications, I thought I may as well put it into a document and make it available to others. I've seen so many requests for help with this aspect of fair display, that I hope that it will be useful to others too.
You can get 2 busts from an A4 sheet of card (US users may need a slight shape modification to get 2 from letter sized paper) and they’re light and easy to store - they stack cupped inside each other. In fact, if you fix the sides using punched holes and paper fasteners, you could dis-assemble them after use and store them flat for an even greater space saving. They're free, lightweight and easy to store - what more do you need!?
PDF template to download:
The template, with some introduction and instructions is available to download as a .pdf document - it is around 440KB in size and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file. You are free to make as many busts as you like for personal use, but not for sale and the document must not be offered for download anywhere else, or modified in any way. If you want to share it with others, please refer them back here.
Last modified: 10th January 2009 to include a smaller version to take a single pair of earrings.