Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Creating your own vintage bust forms

For a while now, I've been occasionally hunting kijiji for a cheap dressmakers judy to use for photographing necklaces. I have some necklace display forms, but really wanted something close to lifesize for photography - or at least bigger than your standard display forms. I came across a tutorial online that I wanted to share with you all.  The Polka Dot Closet shows how she altered some inexpensive larger jewelry displays. Maybe we can get Marg to order some of these larger displays - We'll have space once we move!

If you would prefer to go full on out DIY, you can create your own completely from scratch with this tutorial from Linda's Art Quilts.

Here are some decorating ideas no matter which method you choose:

                                                                             Source: itsy-bits-and-pieces.blogspot.com via Rachelle on Pinterest

                                                                               Source: vintiquitiesworkshop.blogspot.com via Teresa on Pinterest

                                                                                         Source: crochet.tumblr.com via Krislyn on Pinterest

While these may not have a subtle enough background to actually make your jewelry stand out, they're too awesome not to share.

                                                                                               Source: stampington.com via ms on Pinterest

                                                                               Source: balzerdesigns.typepad.com via Wendy on Pinterest


Joella said...

Would love to share my 'Paris' dress form project with you :)


jen said...


That's gorgeous!

Joella said...

Thanks Jen :) I've always wanted to go to Paris. This little lovely brings a little Paris to me:)

The BeadFX Buyer said...

You can also make a dress form from scratch using duct tape and any body that will hold still long enough.

jen said...

LOL! Are you volunteering? ;-P I thought of that, but duct taping my children might be considered child abuse, plus there is NO way they'd stay still long enough ;-)

The BeadFX Buyer said...

Why do you think I specified a body that would hold still long enough? :-P You could try plumping them in front of a good movie on DVD.

Gail DB said...

Question for Marg - how do you get the duct-tape not to stick - wear a plastic bag, maybe? That sounds very intrigueing (have no idea how to spell that word). More info please.

jen said...

Plastic would work, or an old t-shirt that you don't mind cutting. (I believe you have to cut yourself out)

The BeadFX Buyer said...

Here's one way of doing it:

If you google "duct tape dress form" you'll get lots of videos on Utube with more detail, but yes, basically you use a plastic garbage bag or s cheap T-shirt or night shirt and then cut yourself out of it. You will need someone to help tape you up.

dragonjools said...

LOL - anybody that will hold still long enough ... so, not the dog, eh?