- First go out to Micheals or JoAnne's and buy an 11 X 14 wood frame ($15). Make sure it is wood because you'll be hammering into it later. Also pick up some pins to use as your hooks. I bought these corsage pins ($1.50) because I liked the shiny metal ends.
- Now cut the pins to about an 1 1/4 inch long with wire cutters and mark about an inch or so on the inside edge of your frame to hammer these into. I don't need to tell you at this point that you should have already taken the glass and back out of the frame, right?
- After placing your marks on the inside of the frame, take a pin and lightly hammer it into place with a rubber hammer. Make sure to put the pin in the middle of the wood. If you put the pin in to far to the edge it might split your wood. If this happens you can always use some glue for repairs.
- Hammer each pin into the wood approximately 1/4 inch deep leaving a portion of 3/4 inch remaining. Oh, and keep your pins straight. If they start getting all wiggly on you just take them out and straighten them.
- Now bend the pin over towards the front of the frame with your finger or pliers. Come on, bring out those muscles. You can do it!
After you've finished hammering in and bending all the pins, add a backboard piece ($2 each) made for frames that can be found in the framing section of the craft store. Now add the back of the frame to secure it.
The background pieces come already cut to fit the frame and in a huge selection of colors and textures. Here's a few I bought.
Khaki brown color with a suede texture - good for copper pieces.
Rich gray color for blues or blacks
White with a tissue paper type effect - great for anything!
Now take your finished piece and set it on a frame display ($12) like the one shown in the picture and you are ready to rock and roll! I originally made this to display my simple necklace designs and hopefully bring them up to the eye in an appealing presentation. But I added bracelets in these pictures as well to show it can be used for either.
All the jewelry shown can be found at the Bei Mondi website. Happy crafting!