I was recently invited to participate in an art exhibition that was, ironically
unfortunately, not prepared to display jewelry. Normally I would shy (or run) away from organizations not able to properly display/secure jewelry. However, this exhibition pulled on my heart strings. It is the first exhibition for the past scholarship recipients of the
Allied Artists of Johnstown
---a scholarship I was awarded 20 years ago! Feeling nostalgic, my mission began...find a way to display my jewelry that is secure
easy to ship. That is when I remembered an article I read in the
Jeweler Resource Bureau
about mounting jewelry in floating shadow boxes. These shadow boxes are two part frames which open at the center, allowing you to place almost any jewelry item inside. A clear, flexible plastic sheeting accommodates the jewelry and holds it firmly in place---virtually suspending it. A strong magnetic strip holds the two sides of the frame/box securely closed.
My next mission...find a way to secure this shadow box onto a pedestal
prevent it from being opened. That is when I turned to my husband,
---metal artist, teacher and brilliant gig maker.
He designed and made me this wooden stand to hold the shadow box. It gets screwed to the top of the pedestal then the frame slides into the groove. He inserted a female thread into the bottom of the shadow box frame, and a screw then secures the frame in the wood base. Simple
brilliant, no?! Thanks, Ben!
I highly recommend these suspension shadow boxes...with or without wooden mounts! They are available in bulk from
Prestige Pak Inc.
or in smaller quantities from