Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How to Make Earrings and an Earring Display for Craft Shows



I had a major show last weekend and another one in a few weeks.  My earring display holds about 120 earrings.  It's made using shutter doors for a closet, something clever my husband made.  If you choose to make one yourself, a few tips:


1)  Put four eye screws in the top of the doors.  This allows you to zip tie the shutters to your tent frame.  (See them in the photo above?  They also help hold any decoration you choose to use.)


2)  Nail plywood to the back of the display.  If you do outdoor shows, this will help keep wind from knocking your earring cards off.  


3)  Mark your prices and descriptions at the TOP of your cards.  This way, if you get a LOT of wind (and I've been through some crazy weather), you can tuck the bottoms of the cards into the slats of the display, but your information is still shown.



 
4)  Use a corner-rounder to round the corners of your earring cards.  It keeps them from getting beat up and bent and it looks pretty.


I make my own earring cards to fit exactly on this display, so if you make one of these displays, email me and I'll give you my process.




As for MAKING the earrings, I try to streamline the process as much as possible.  First, I have a tackle box that only holds pairs of beads for earrings.  It's such a pleasure to sit down and see all those colors and styles in one place!  Things like accent beads and spacers and wire are still in their normal places, but it makes it MUCH easier to get started when the main beads have their own home.


I get all the wiring done and then they end up in the pile above.  I don't put them on the earring cards until the end.  If I make-make-make, I get on a roll and can get my speed going.  I sometimes even wait to put all the ear wires on at the end, all at the same time, depending on what wires I'm using.  Stopping to put each pair on a card and then starting the creation process over again makes me stutter and stop and I don't get nearly as much done.


I hope this was helpful and informative! If you have a favorite tip or trick for making jewelry, please leave a comment!  We'd all love to know!



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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.


30 comments:

Rebecca said...

Really helpful Lori. I have just started putting my earrings on cards (they hung on shutters before) and I'm struggling making the cards themselves. Need to create some kind of template I think. Yours looks gorgeous! Best of luck with your shows :-)

Sally Anderson said...

I've always said that if Henry Ford hadn't done it, I would have invented the assembly line. Looks like you're another one who works the same way. Very, very efficient and way more fun because you have the milestones of accomplishments all through the process!

LoriF said...

Great ideas! Thanks for the tips!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

This is a very informative post! I've always wanted to make a display like this (I actually have a door like that picked up from a garage sale just waiting to be used).

How with your help, maybe I'll be able to do it for when and if I have a show of my own :)

Marie Cramp said...

Love what you did! It looks so good and organized. I have a somewhat similar process for making earrings. The only difference is that I hang the earrings as I finish them, to the edges of my bead bins. Sometimes seeing them in front of me helps me get inspired for other creations. Plus it keeps them from being tangled. :)

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

Nice display... I use shutters for some of my necklace/ensemble easels. They really do make nice displays. I love your ideas - thanks for sharing them with us <3

Kimberly said...

This is just the boost I need. I really have to get on the ball and get to making more stuff for the holidays. I like your process of having the pairs all together in one place! Thanks for a great post, Lori!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great ideas - Thanks for sharing them with everyone.
Enjoy your evening.

coolmoon said...

I think you need to pin that display board on Pinterest. Very professional looking. What kind of paper/material do you use to create your cards? I use card stock, but don't know if it's quite heavy enough. Just wondering....

Robin Reed said...

Love the cards Lori! We have not decided to use them or not yet. We use the tall shutters [louver door type] at our out door shows and at least 1 of our indoor shows. For the out door shows we are now using shepard hooks for support. We zip tie them just like you do and it works really well. We also use the shutter style for our tables. we have heavy clamps that you can hide pretty well and then we can get a great look and lots of display space while not taking up a lot of actual space.

D Michelle Wigginton said...

Thank you Lori for this post, it`s so timely for me as I am planning for my first show on December 1.

Cornerstoregoddess said...

I love the tackle box idea. Brilliant!

D Michelle Wigginton said...

OH, could you also send me your guidelines for the earring cards. Thanks!!

Patti Van said...

I have seen your setup in person at the Dulles Expo and it is so pretty and inviting! LOVE your idea of keeping lampwork pairs in a tackle box! Am going to start doing that! I, too, am curious as to the type of paper you use for your earring cards...I am using card stock...it's only 65lb weight, but it seems to work...so far...Thanks for sharing your tips!

The Crazier Sister said...

Oh, love the tacklebox idea! I'm always pulling out beads, then leaving them when I make earrings. Maybe just automatically putting a set in a tacklebox will make the process neater for me! (love the rest, too, but I'm not doing shows... maybe some day)

Marcy Lamberson said...

Fun post! Thanks for the tips.

Alicia said...

Beautiful - thank you for sharing! A great idea for earring cards and display :)

Lori Anderson said...

Someone asked for info on the cards but there wasn't an email attached, so here's what I have sent people:

The doors aren't in the shutter section of Lowes, but in the closet door section. We spray painted ours (and the back with the plywood).

I can give you exact measurements if you're doing the standard doors, but basically, I measured across the length of one shutter and divided it evenly (I get six across each side). I made the height so they covered three slats AND added about two inches for the folded part that goes into the slat.

I have a Fiskars rotary paper cutter (the full size one, this one, http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Classic-Rotary-Paper-Trimmer/dp/B000YAJHVE/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1351637572&sr=8-11&keywords=fiskars+paper+cutter)
. I use watercolor paper but you can use card stock, what have you.

First, I cut the strip of paper. Then I change the blade to the scoring blade and score the length for the fold. Then I go back to the cutter and cut each individual card.

It sounds like a lot of work but you can get into a rhythm and you'd be surprised how many you can make in an hour. The corner rounding I can do in front of the TV.

I used to use www.packasmile.com but I don't recommend them. I've had three break. Not acceptable for as expensive as they are and they were NOT responsive when I asked what to do. So I just use a darning needle to punch my holes, and it's easier for me because I can punch higher if the earrings are longer, and diagonal if the earrings are very small and I want to "fill up" the card.

Hope that helps!

Createology said...

Lori this is brilliant. You are such a dear for sharing so much information. Your earrings are beautiful and priced very reasonably. Creative Bliss Dear...

Michelle Mach said...

I thought I was the only one to make earrings in a pile like that and add the ear wires at the end. I've got my big show next year, so that's what I'm doing now!

stregajewellry said...

Clever husband with the shutters! It makes a great display, very professional. Love that tackle box idea. Thanks for sharing that.

Colleen said...

Thanks for all the great info, Lori!

Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

Hi Lori, I'm a new follower and also recently joined the Bead Soup Cafe on FB. Thank you heaps for this post - I have my first show in 2 weeks time and am just on the earring creating at the moment.
xx Nat

beadrecipes said...

Great post Lori, and so useful as I am trying to get ready for my first show!

beadrecipes said...

Great post Lori, and so useful as I am trying to get ready for my first show!

Vicki said...

Lori, Thanks for this. Very creative and pretty display.

Shel said...

Awesome post Lori! Thanks for showing and sharing your set up -it's great and I love how nice and neat it looks, too. Love the 'assembly line' way you make your earrings,...it does help to have a system in place for production, that's for sure!

LeeLu Creations said...

You are so organized! I have one of those boring round displays that spins.

I was at the Habitat for Humanity store one day and they had pink shutters. They were smaller, like maybe they were on a play house. I should've gotten them but didn't! I still kick myself to this day.

Gail said...

This is great information, thank you. My question is how do you store your cards between shows? Do you leave the earrings on the cards? Do you leave them on the shutters?

nikkijoy said...

This is really helpful! I'm doing my first ever craft show soon so tips like this are so valuable. Thank you!! =)
Love, Nikki Joy x