I have set up the Bead & Button display "dry run" in the living room. It went together surprisingly well, as I have been collecting things and gathering ideas for what, the last month? Still, I do seem to need to see it all in place to really know where I am at. So I set up the tablecloths to the 8 foot table top size, and laid it all out! Sorry these pictures are bad, it is really rainy and dark, and i am trying to figure out my camera to do anything but take bead pics. For instance, I just learned that it has a battery that charges right inside it, so all the time I have it plugged in, it is charging. yay! Chuck told me this as I brought the camera into the living room and started to plug it into the electricity. Oh! what a good thing to learn! Now I know I can bring it to the show and take terrible pictures there too!
Above, some OLD tan velvet displays I got when a jewelry store I worked at upgraded to white vinyl displays. They are a funky color but compliment my clay and all the brass I have been using, so I gave them a little love...the lace is all new. And now they have a sort of over the top Victorian look to them. A big improvement. The wear on them really doesn't bother me as much as it used to, I had always wanted to re-fabric or paint these somehow, so they looked new, but could never figure out how. They are perfectly aged with a steampunk look though.
ooh, good call from Chuck, who remembered these great old brass screens we had in the basement. My dad scavenged them from the lab that he worked in somewhere in the motor industry. We have used these, they are like screens/sieves...we use them for clay/paper/etc. But I needed some bigger bowls and these are *perfect*
Overall I am pleased. It may look like a lot of beads on this "table" but this is all I have, really, there is no back stock. So I hope it is enough, there is just no way to know. I reel really relieved to have a sense of the display now, and am getting excited to leave for the show. In *four* days!