Anyone who designs and sells jewelry on line understands the importance of good and high quality photographs that display your creations. One of the challenges is always positioning a jewelry item in a way that enhances the item without overwhelming it. I had several necklace busts and dress forms that I have used over the years but felt they needed to be a bit dressed up. So here is what I came up with.
First, here are some pics of what I started out with:
|White Leatherette Necklace Bust - Medium|
|White Leatherette Necklace Bust - Tall|
|White Plastic Dress or T-shirt Form|
The leatherette necklace busts are sold at a variety of places, but I think I bought the two above at FireMountainGems.com - they can be purchased anywhere from about $8 to $20. Fire Mountain Gems offers a quantity discount that they call "all assortable pricing" meaning the more items you buy, the less expensive - and you don't have to buy multiples of the same item - the discount is applied based on the total number of items purchased. I usually wait till I have a need for a fairly large number of items to order.
The plastic dress/T-shirt form is from Barr Display and was $8.95, the stand sold separately is $12.00. I have used this same dress form in the past for altering - see my past post on "How To Make an Altered Vintage Dress Form" from February 2013 where I used vintage style lace and material to cover her.
I decided to decoupage the medium sized leatherette bust with vintage style paper. I cut up various size and shapes of the paper and then used Mod Podge to cover the front of the bust. I used a medium sized paint brush to mod podge the back and front of each piece of paper and then "painted" each piece onto the bust overlapping the pieces for complete coverage. I used my fingers to smooth out any wrinkles - it gets a little messy so I find keeping a wet washcloth handy is helpful for wiping off your fingers from time to time. I used the matte formula of Mod Podge because when taking photos of my jewelry I did not want any glare, but depending on the purpose for your project you can choose either matte or gloss. I let it dry a couple of hours and sealed it with Krylon clear acrylic spray.
If you have never decoupaged, you can check out my post on "DIY Decoupage Bracelet Tutorial" - even though that was a bracelet project, the technique is essentially the same. I only decoupaged the front of the bust itself and not the base or the back. But I thought it needed to have something besides "white" on these parts so I spray painted the back and base with Krylon Brushed Metallic Satin in "Champagne Nouveau" which I ordered from Amazon for about $8.00. I absolutely love this color - it has a soft satin sheen with an antique or vintage look - I anticipate using this color on several other projects! I found that setting up an old table in my garage and covering it with newspaper was the best place to spray paint.
|Krylon Brushed Metallic Satin Paint - "Champagne Nouveau"|
Here is a picture of the before and finished medium sized leatherette bust decoupaged and spray painted:
|Medium Leatherette Bust - Before Pic|
|Decoupaged Front View|
|Spray Painted Back and Base - "Champagne Nouveau"|
|Before View - Tall Leatherette Necklace Bust|
|Spray Painted Busts with "Caramel Latte"|
The larger plastic dress or T-shirt form turned out spectacular with a coating of the Champagne Nouveau spray paint - she is absolutely perfect for displaying longer style necklaces. I added a lacy beige tank top for photographing.
|Before View - Plastic Dress Form|
|Finished Dress Form with "Champage Nouveau" Paint|