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Display Stands

Instructions for making display stands out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools:
 

Campbell's Soup Earring Jewelry Display Stand made out of jewelry wire shaped using common jewelry tools.

Square Earring Jewelry Display Stand made with jewelry wire shaped on common jewelry tools.

Here we show two designs for an earring stand made out of 12 gauge copper jewelry wire.  These two stands are easy to make and can be an interesting way to display your finished jewelry.  The design on the left we call a Campbell's Soup stand (for a reason that will be obvious when we describe how it is made).  The design on the right is the Square Stand for obvious reasons.  Both of these stands were made out of 24 inches of 12 gauge wire.  They are very stable and plenty sturdy to display jewelry at a fixed location.  We are still working on a design for a jewelry stand that will travel well.  These two designs are not great for traveling as they can get bent out of shape in your suitcase.

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Jewelry Making Tools Required:

  • 24 inches of 12 gauge jewelry wire
  • 24 inches of 22 gauge jewelry wire
  • One 10 3/4 ounce can of Campbell's Soup (Preferably Chicken Noodle and not Tomato)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Ruler
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • 10 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Step-by-step instructions for making a jewelry display stand using jewelry wire shaped by common jewelry making tools:

Campbell's Soup Jewelry Stand made of jewelry wire shaped using common jewelry making tools.First, let's address the Campbell's Soup Stand.  This stand is made around a 10 3/4 ounce can of Campbell's Soup.  You should be able to visualize the shape of the can by looking at this stand at right.  Here is how it is made.

Step 1:  Cut a 24 inch segment of 12 gauge jewelry wire.  (Smaller wire will work, but won't be as permanent.

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of this wire.

Step 3:  Straighten the wire by holding the loop and pulling the wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.

Step 4:  Now holding the loop facing away from your soup can, wrap the jewelry wire 1/2 way around the can.  Note the 1/2 way point on the wire and set the can down. 

Step 5:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grip the jewelry wire at the 1/2 way point and bend it 90 degrees up. 

Step 6:  Orient the can with the top facing down on a flat surface like a table and position your wire against the lip around the top of the can.  The wire should be pointing straight up, parallel to the can.  At the point where the wire reaches the bottom of the can (the highest point away from the table) bend the wire 90 degrees so that it is parallel to the bottom of the can. 

Step 7:  Now pick up the can and hold the jewelry wire in place against the can.  Where the un-bent wire reaches the edge of the can end the wire down the opposite side of the can.  This wire should be parallel to the wire on the opposite side.  Note the point where the wire touches the top of the can.

Step 8:  Remove the can.  At the point were the wire touches the top of the can, grasp the wire with your bent chain nose pliers and bend it 90 degrees away from the initial loop, but in the same plane. 

Step 9:  Replace the can and bend the jewelry wire around the can. 

Step 10:  Remove the can and set it aside.  Using your round nose pliers make a loop at the end and cut the excess wire.  Close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers.

Campbell's Soup Jewelry Stand made using jewelry making tools to shape jewelry wire.

Step 11:  Now we need to make three hangers for the top of the stand.  These hangers allow us to hang our earrings in a more stable manner than merely hooking them over the top of the wire.  The hangers are made out of 2 1/2 inches of 22 gauge wire.  Cut three wire segments.Step 12 Jewelry Stands Jewelry Making Project

Step 12:  Make a wrapped loop in one end of these three sections of wire.  Instructions for making a wrapped loop are here

 

Campbell's Display Stand made out of jewelry wire shaped by jewelry tools.

 

Step 13:  At this point we need to wrap the straight wire segments we just made around the top of our Campbell's Soup Stand.  Hold the loop in place, slightly below the top of the stand and with your opposite hand, wrap the wire tightly around until you have used all of the wire.  Do this for all three segments of wire.

Step 14:  You will need to squeeze the small end of the 22 gauge wire down flat.  To do this use your bent chain nose pliers and squeeze and twist the wire until it is flat.

Step 15:  Now test your finished project.  If it looks good, open the can of soup and make lunch.  This is the reason that it was important to use a Chicken Noodle Soup can instead of Tomato.  Chicken Noodle tastes much better!

Square Jewelry Display Stand made using common jewelry making tools to shape jewelry wire.

Step-by-step instructions for making a square display stand out of jewelry wire shaped using common jewelry tools:

Now we are ready to graduate to the Square Earring Stand. We do not have a convenient template for this stand, so we will make it by using a ruler to help us be consistent. 

Step 1:  Cut a 24 inch segment of 12 gauge jewelry wire. 

Step 2:  Using your round nose pliers, make a loop in one end of this wire.

Step 3:  Measure 2.5 inches and grasp your wire at this point with your bent chain nose pliers (BCNP).  Bend the wire 90 degrees.

Step 4:  Measure 2.5 inches from that bend and grasp the wire at this point with your BCNP.  Bend the wire 90 degrees up.

Step 5:  Measure 4 inches up and bend the wire 90 degrees pointing in a direction parallel to the initial loop. 

Step 6:  Measure 3.5 inches across and bend the wire 90 degrees down. 

Step 7:  Measure 4 inches and bend the wire 90 degrees away from the initial loop but in the same plane. 

Step 8:  Measure 2.5 inches and bend the wire 90 degrees toward the bend you made in step 5. 

 

Step 9:  Using your round nose pliers make a loop in the wire near the bend you made in step 5.  Cut the excess wire and close the final loop with your bend chain nose pliers. Earring Stand Jewelry Making Project Step 10

Step 10:  Now we need to make four of the hangers similar to the ones made earlier.  Finished Earring Display Stand made using common jewelry making tools to shape jewelry wire.First cut four 2.5" inch wire segments out of 22 gauge wire and make wrapped loops in one end of each segment. 

Step 11.  Wrap each of these four hangers around the 3.5 inch top of the stand.

Step 12:  Make a wrapped loop in one end of these three sections of wire.  Visit here for instructions in how to make a wrapped loop

Step 13:  This step is optional; but, if you want to preserve the spacing of the hangers on the top of the stand, you can wrap additional segments of 22 gauge wire between the hangers so that they can't move.  You can see these additional segments of 22 gauge wire at the top in the picture at left. 

 

Instructions for making a collapsable jewelry stand out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry making tools:

Travel Stand Made with Jewelry Wire Shaped using WigJig Jewelry Making Tools, Front ViewTravel Stand Made with Jewelry Wire Shaped using WigJig Jewelry Tools, Side View.We liked the two earring stands that we made earlier, until be got ready to travel to a show.  Then we learned that those stands do not travel well.  We wanted a stand that could be folded flat for travel and yet be erected and be relatively strong and stable once we were at the show.  It took a little thought into how we would do this, but this is the design that we developed for displaying eTravel Stand Jewelry Making Project in the travel position.arrings.  Above right you can view the front view, at left you can see the side view and at right you can see the stand folded flat in its travel position, ready to be loaded into your suitcase. 

Making this earring stand requires about 36 inches of 12 gauge wire and a WigJig Olympus jewelry making tool.  Admittedly, this stand is not as polished as a stand made commercially.  It looks like what it is -- a hand made stand.  Perhaps when you are displaying hand made jewelry this stand might be just the thing you need. 

 
Earring Stand for Traveling Jewelry Making Project showing Peg Pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool.

As noted in the previously, this project requires the WigJig Olympus jewelry tool.  Our other jewelry making jigs do not have the available real estate necessary for this larger jewelry wire shape.  The peg pattern for making this stand is shown at right.  There are three wire components that are used in making this stand.  For purposes of these instructions we will call these wire components the Bottom Wire Component, the Vertical Wire Component and the Hook Wire Component.  Our instructions for making this traveling earring stand begin with the Bottom component, then continue with the Vertical component. 

Step-by-step instructions for making a collapsable jewelry display stand: out of jewelry wire:

Step 1:  Cut three jewelry wire segments in 12 gauge wire.  One 16" long (Bottom component), one 13" long (Vertical Component) and one 7" long (Hook). 

Instructions for making a Traveling Earring Stand out of jewelry wire shaped on jewelry making tools, step 5.Step 2:  Make a loop large enough to fit over the peg in the WigJig Olympus in the end of the cut wire with the flush or flat cut (not the sharp end) in both the 16 inch and the 13" wire segments.  We will address the 7" wire segment later. 

Step 3:  Straighten both the 16" and 13" wire segments by pulling the wire repeatedly through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 4:  Place the initial loop in the 16" wire segment on peg 1 in your jig, as shown above-right, and wrap the wire around peg 2 so that the wire rests adjacent to peg 3 with no pressure applied. 

Step 5:  Push the wire against peg 3 so that it rests against peg 4 with no pressure applied.  See the picture at left.

Instructions for making a Travelling Earring Stand Step 6  using WigJig jewelry making tools to shape jewelry wire.


 

 

 

Step 6:  Push the jewelry wire against Peg 4 so that it will rest against peg 5 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool with no pressure applied as shown at left. 

 

 

Instructions for making a Traveling Earring Stand Step 7 using jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7:  At this point we want to flip the jewelry wire over on the jewelry making jig.  This is done by removing the jig and replacing it with the loop made on peg 2, now on peg 5 and the loop initially placed on peg 1, still on peg 1, but with the opposite orientation.  When this has been accomplished properly, the wire will appear as shown at right.  This step is done so that the two loops on pegs 2 and 5 will be mirror images of one another, making the finished jewelry stand symmetrical.

Instructions for making a Traveling Earring Stand Step 8 out of jewelry wire shaped using jewelry making tools.

 

 

 

 

Step 8:  Now wrap the jewelry wire completely around peg 2 and continue to the point where the wire rests adjacent to peg 1 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry making tool with no pressure applied.  When this is completed the jewelry wire will appear as shown at left.

Instructions for making a Traveling Earring Stand out of jewelry wire shaped using WigJig jewelry tools Step 9

 

 

 

Step 9:  Wrap the jewelry wire all the way around peg 1. 

 

 

 

Bottom Wire Component of the Traveling Earring Stand Jewelry Making Project.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 10:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and cut the excess wire from the final loop.  Close this loop using your bent chain nose pliers.  At this point the Bottom wire component will appear as shown at right.

 

 

Step 11 to instructions for making a Traveling Earring Stand using common jewelry making tools to shape jewelry wire.

 

 

 

Step 11:  To finish the bottom wire component we need to manipulate the jewelry wire with your bent chain nose pliers.  First, we need to re-orientate the two loops that were made on peg 2.  At this point the two loops are in the horizontal plane and we need to twist them so that they are in the vertical plane.  One at a time, holding the wire component with the fingers of your non-dominant hand, grasp the loop with the jaws of your bent chain nose pliers and twist it 90 degrees.  This will leave the beginning and ending loops up in the air while the remainder of the Bottom Wire Component is lying flat.

Step 12 to instructions for making a Traveling Earring Stand out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry making tools.
Step 12:  We need to bend the initial and final loops down so that they lay flat as shown at left.  The best way to do this is to insert your round nose or step jaw pliers into the loops, one at a time, and while holding the loop in the jaws of your pliers, use your fingers to bend the end of the wire down.

 

Step 13 for Traveling Earring Stand Jewelry Making Project showing bending end loopsStep 13:  Now we need to bend the end loops by 45 degrees.  This is done so that in the finished Bottom Wire Component, the two loops will lay flat one against the other.  For the top loop as shown above - left, bend the loop 45 degrees up as shown in the small picture on the right.  For the bottom loop, bend the wire 45 degrees down.  Perform this bend by grasping the loop in the jaws of your bent chain nose pliers held in your dominant hand and holding the wire adjacent to the loop in the fingers of your non-dominant hand then twisting the wire. 

Step 14 to instructions for making a Traveling Earring Stand out of jewelry wire shaped using jewelry making tools.

 

 

Step 14:  The Bottom Wire Component is completed by bending the beginning and ending wire segments together as shown at left.  This is done, one at a time, by grasping and holding the loop made on peg 2 with your bent chain nose pliers and pushing the wire 45 degrees.  In this case, it may be easier to hold the pliers in your non-dominant hand and push the wire with the fingers of your dominant hand.  When both sides have been bent, the finished Bottom Wire Component should appear as shown at left.

Step 15 to instructions for making a Traveling Earrign Stand showing jewelry wire being shaped on WigJig jewelry making tools.
 

 

Step 15:  Now we begin to make the Vertical Wire Component using the 13" piece of 12 gauge jewelry wire that we cut, made a loop in one end, and straightened in steps 1-3.  The peg pattern for making the Vertical Wire Component on the WigJig Olympus jewelry making tool is shown at left.  Place your initial loop in the jewelry wire on peg 7 and bend the wire against peg 4, then 3 and finally wrap the jewelry wire around peg 6 as shown.  

Step 16:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry making tool and cut the excess wire at the end.  Close the final loop made on peg 6. Your jewelry wire component should appear as shown below.

Step 16 to instructions for making a Traveling Earring Stand out of jewelry wire shaped using common jewelry tools.

 

 

Step 17a for Traveling Earring Stand Jewelry Making ProjectStep 17:  At this point we need to convert the initial and final loops on the Vertical Wire Component into "eye" loops.  This is done with your round nose pliers using this technique.  The individual eye loops will appear as shown above-left.  The completed Top Wire Component will appear as shown below. 

Step 17 Completed Vertical Wire Component for Traveling Earring Stand Jewelry Making Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Step 18 to instructions for making a for Traveling Earring Stand using common jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.Step 18a for Traveling Earring Stand Jewelry Making ProjectStep 18:  Now we need to connect the Vertical to the Bottom wire component.  This is done by opening both loops in the Vertical Wire Component with your bent chain nose pliers.  One at a time the loops are inserted into the loops in the Bottom Wire Component that were made on peg 2.  Connecting the first loops will be easy.  Connecting the second will be more difficult and may require bending the Vertical Wore Component slightly to convince it.  After both loops are connected, close the loops on your vertical wire component using your bent chain nose pliers.  When connected the connected wire components will appear as shown above-left and in close up the connected loops will appear as shown above-right. 

Step 19:  Now we need to make the Hook component to hold the traveling earring stand in the upright position.  Using the 7" segment of 12 gauge wire, make a large loop in the end of the wire with the flush cut.  The loop needs to be large enough to fit through both the initial and final loops in the Bottom Wire Component.  This will probably need to be the largest loop that you can make using your round nose pliers.  Holding this loop, straighten the wire by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 20:  Open the large loop in the end of the 7" wire segment using your bent chain nose pliers and connect it to both the initial and final loop in the bottom wire component, then close the loop. 

Hook Wire Component for Traveling Earring Stand Jewelry Making Project, made out of jewelry wire. Step 21:  Now we need to hold the Vertical Wire Component in the upright position that we want for displaying earrings.  While holding the Vertical component up with one hand, lean the 7" wire segment for the Hook component against the Vertical wire component and measure where you need to make the second loop in the Hook wire component.  Please note that the stand will be more stable if the Vertical Wire is not truly vertical, but bent slightly toward the front of the stand as shown at right. 

 

Step 22:  The final loop in the Hook Wire Component needs to be an "eye loop" that we will cut so that it is not totally closed.  You can see the finished loop above-right and at right.  You can make this eye loop using the Traveling Earring Stand Jewelry Making Project Front Viewtechnique shown here or the technique shown here.  When you have completed the eye loop, cut the wire so that the gap or opening in the loop is slightly smaller than the size of your wire. Step 22 for Traveling Earring Stand Jewelry Making Project Ideally, when hooking the Hook Wire Component to the top of the Vertical Wire Component, the connection should snap into position with a small amount of force.  This will keep the stand connected in the upright position should someone decide to pick up your traveling earring stand. 

Step 23:  The last step in making this stand is to make hooks for your stand so that you can hang post type earrings.  These hooks are made using the technique discussed in step 12 - 14 at the beginning of these instructions

This completes the Traveling Earring Stand Jewelry Making Project.  Hopefully, this will help you to display your jewelry at shows. 

 

 



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