Introduction: DIY Jewelry Display Stand With Glass Cover

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Steph received an heirloom pearl necklace from her grandmother and wanted to find a way to display it when not wearing it.

She did a little internet research and found a couple of ideas that she adapted into a DIY design that would work. The surprise material used in this project is a glass vase! She found one the size she needed, took off the feet and inverted to use as the display case--so smart!

Follow along as Steph puts together this simple, but perfect display case.


Materials/ Tools:

    • Royal Imports Flower Glass Vase Decorative Centerpiece for Home or Wedding Flat Rectangle Plate Glass (Amazon)
    • K & S Precision Metals 3405 Round Brass Rod, Diameters .020, 1/32, 3/64, 1/16, 3/32, 1/8, 5/32, 3/, 11 Pieces per Pack (Amazon)
    • Environmental Technology 33128 Casting Epoxy (Amazon)
    • Disposable Epoxy Resin Mixing Cups Clear Plastic 10-Ounce 100-Pack for Measuring Paint Epoxy Resin Art Supplies (Amazon)
    • Resin Molds for Crafts, 9 Pack Silicone Resin Mold Kit for Casting Epoxy Resin UV Resin, Include Square, Rectangle, Ball Molds, with Resin Mixing and Measuring Tools (Amazon)
    • Mica Powder (Amazon)
    • Wood Dowel (Amazon)
    • Ryobi P305 One+ 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Hot Glue Gun w/ 3 Multipurpose Glue Sticks (Amazon)

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Cut Brass and Wood Dowel

All the measurements for the brass and wood dowel, as well as the bottom are based on the interior measurements of the glass vase.

The brass rod was cut to size using a DeWalt portable band saw. The brass was cushioned with a shop towel and secured into a bench-top vice for cutting.

With a little experimenting, Steph realized the pearl necklace would not stay on the brass rod without help. There was a very thin brass rod in the collection she ordered, so she wound this thin brass around the larger one to make stop blocks on each end of the rod.

The wood dowel was cut to length and a hole drilled through the top the same diameter as the larger brass rod. It was given a coat of Danish oil to finish.

Step 3: Create Base With Epoxy

The base was created with two sizes of silicone molds. The two together equaled the measurement of the vase opening.

Mica powder was mixed into the epoxy. Teal for the larger part and a pearl color for the smaller. The wood dowel was set in place in the smaller section.

Always read and following the directions for the type of epoxy you are using as well as following all safety precautions including the use of proper PPE.

Step 4: Hot Glue Parts

The brass stop blocks were hot glued into place. That pink silicone fingertip helps to avoid hot glue burns. The two parts of the epoxy base were also hot glued together.

The "feet" from the bottom of the glass vase were removed. WD40 was used to remove the excess stickiness leftover from the removal.

Step 5: Add Jewelry

The necklace is draped over the rod until it is balanced and the vase is placed over the top. It is now protected from dust and dirt.

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