Physical jewellery showcase development

A very exciting opportunity has come up (to be discussed if and when confirmed!) but this is just a quick post to share the work I’m doing today on developing a physical showcase for my jewellery. The idea is to create a self-contained desktop display environment that I can use to showcase examples of my jewellery work – earrings, necklaces, pendants, brooches, bracelets, cufflinks and so on.

Due to my recent acquisition of a fabulously gigantic cardboard box from a friend’s recent extravagant TV purchase, I plan to use cardboard as the construction material, and brown paper as the design/background theme. I’ll see how it comes together. For now, here’s the necklace display I’m working on today. I’m structurally very happy with it, although the carpet core tube will need to be covered in brown paper to hide the yucky glue marks.

The Knight of the Ingress

As our New Year’s Eve party spilled over into the new year, I entertained myself (and hopefully others!) by encasing a friend in cardboard armour and helm. Constructed with cardboard, staples, split-pins, bicycle innertubes and double-sided sticky foam. The shoulder-pads rotate a little on the split pins, and the torso plates are mounted on innertube to let them give. It’s all improvised, so in no particular style. My favourite new technique: cutting a fringe into an edge (straight or curved), then spacing out each tab and stapling it to a rim – this spreading gives an interesting flared edge. I got really interesting shapes by combining it with flat or bent base sheets, straight or curved mountings, and flat or curved rims. Versatile! A fun and cheering exercise for the fingers and brain.