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!
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.