Garage or outdoors
Cover up with an old t-shirt!
(+ optional disposable gloves)
Earlier this year I participated in my first trade show at Capsule NYC (at least, my jewelry did).
As a new brand, this was a pretty big deal, and I wanted to display my jewelry at its best. I love the way the metal looks on the concrete trays that I made a while ago, but of course they were far too heavy to ship to New York. The solution I came up with was to build the entire display out of wood and MDF, and then finish it with this DIYer's dream called stone-look spray.
Visitors at that trade show were actually asking where to buy the display as often as they were inquiring about the jewelry...
It was super easy to make - did I mention stone-look (or faux-granite) spray is magic? - and these granite blocks or trays are so chic set on a desk or used to display your jewelry collection.
If your wood pieces aren't completely raw (that is, if they're painted or have a glossy finish), sand them lightly with sandpaper. This helps the spray stick to the wood.
TIP: Pick up some children's wooden toy blocks, repurpose a small shelf, or visit a craft store to get some handsome wooden shapes.
Here's a spray painting trick I learned from a pro: hold up the piece you want to spray on your fingertips, and turn it like a basketball between bursts to get at all sides. (I did not spray the bottom.)
Spray lightly, making sure not to layer or the wet, slippery spray material will slide off itself. Don't worry about coverage; you'll get those last bits when you do the second layer. It should look like this:
And your hands and wrists will look like this :)
Set the pieces down to dry for at least one hour, then repeat for a second layer, covering any remaining exposed bits.
TIP: Granite spray covers significantly less surface area than normal spray paint. One can was just barely enough for my project. I recommend getting at least one extra can, just in case.
Finally, after another hour of drying, give the pieces a quick spray over with matte sealant (leave them on the ground for this part instead of picking up, to avoid inhaling the fumes). This part is optional, but I do recommend sealing as the acrylic faux-granite material feels a bit tacky to the touch.
This is my setup - I have an "instagram station" in the studio where the best light is, and I'll use the granite surface to take quick snapshots of new jewels. If you make your own, I would love to see how you styled it!