Following on from yesterday’s post, which ended in the bathroom, I thought I would continue to show you some of the innovative storage and organisation solutions I have for my jewellrey. Everything is stored in the bathroom, as it’s where I put on make up (and then jewellery) and where I take it off when I remove make up or shower. The bathroom is also conveniently close to the front door, so if a last minute checks deems the need for some ‘bling’ it’s oh so close (rather than upstairs with my clothes/bedroom/wardrobe).
Earrings – Frame one
Some of my best ideas aren’t really mine! I see something out shopping, and I think, wow, I could MAKE that! I’d seen jewellery organizers made with ornate frames and the glass removed and replaced with mesh. So one bored weekend, I raided my parents collection of surplus frames. Given this was my first attempt, I didn’t really go for the prettiest, just one that I thought would fit all the earrings I owned.
Finding the ‘mesh’ was harder than it should have been. See, I thought I could find something in an auto like shop – like a decorative mesh plate. Sadly nothing seemed to suit what I was looking for. I could also have used vent covers, as I’ve seen since on lovely blogs – but vents aren’t as common in our warm little country! In the end, I settled for fairly rigid insect mesh! You can by this by the meter (or less) making it an affordable project. I have enough left over that I could make another few for friends (add that to the ‘one day’ list).
Mesh earring and bracelet frame
I cut the mesh to size with scissors and then attempted to nail in the mesh. It was a little a hard to hold and nail in the small recessed bit of the frame where the glass once sat flush against. So then I tried a staple gun. This also provided a bit of a fight, as getting the pressure for the staple meant pushing onto the mesh, and given the mesh isn’t 100% rigid, well, things didn’t always staple effectively. Lastly, I tried some PVA glue around the edge. IN the end, a combination of these three methods got the frame to ‘near enough is good enough’ (for me).
I quickly transferred all my earrings across. I realised I could hang bracelets too – initially i used bent paper clips, but they weren’t standing up well! In the end, a sliced cork and a thumb tack (to hold the cork to the mess) worked a treat. However, I soon realised that my stud earrings would be a bother to always put in, as I’d have to secure them with their backs through the mesh. So the led me to a new solution…
And then sometimes the solution to a problem comes from another problem. My parents have a growing collections of wine corks. So I did what any good pinterest fan would do, and I searched for projects. There were some amazing ideas, but eventually, I stumbled onto the idea that an intact cork could happily be ‘pierced’ with my studs, without having to worry about removing and reattaching the backs. There’s enough length on the posts so be inserted into a cork, with the backs still on. And when I can’t be bothered with that, I just place the loose earrings in the velvet lined case, where the cork also lives. Happy home for all the non dangley earrings.
Earring storage with rings (sorry for the sad photo)
I wear a few bangles, but I did buy a collections of Indian bangles when I went to India a few years ago (yikes, are they noisy when you wear them all – and you shower glitter everywhere!) Anyhow, seeing they are mostly ‘unworn’ than worn, I thought it would be nice to display them in a way that looks good (reminding me to wear them), but also keeps them neatly stacked together. And seeing I’ve done a floristry course, I have a few vases more than your average, just sitting around. So I decided to put one to good use! (you can also use vases to store excess toilet rolls!). And seeing those Indian bangles get the least wear, it’s not that inconvenient having them at the bottom!
Bangles stored in a vase – beautiful and simple
Necklaces and rings – Frame two
With all my earrings safely stored, it left necklaces and rings to be equally ‘stored’ and ideally displayed in a way that would increase how often I thought to wear jewelry. I’m an engineer, and by nature not girly, so I take some visual prompting! Spurred on my my earring frame, I thought I could do the same for necklaces, but I knew I’d need something firmer and more rigid than mesh. And besides, how would I hold the necklaces onto the mesh? So I asked the freecycle community for a long thin frame, something that would suit my longest necklace. Of course, the Gods of freecycle delivered. I decided I’d update the picture using some excess paint cards (cause of course they are in my favourite colours which happen to match the bathroom tiles). Lastly, some small 3M hooks stuck onto the glass for each of my necklaces. When I noticed I had some space at the bottom (and some rings that were not yet on display) I added some small hooks to include them. I could also include my few bracelets, however, I have more space on the dangley earrings frame, so I settled with putting them there.
Re-purposed picture frame for necklaces and rings
In terms of wear and tear, not everything stands up to being in a moist bathroom. However, most of the my jewellry is from cheap stores, so I’m not too concerned about most of it. The few real bits of jewelry are made of metals that can be cleaned and polished.