August 30, 2013

D I Y / Mini Display Column

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What I like to do is pretend that my wardrobe is a little boutique and 'merchandise' parts of my clothes and accessories into little collections. That's why I wanted to make one of those display columns you usually see at art galleries and boutiques that showcase the most exclusive, special pieces. A very small one though for my current favorite jewelry that will fit on a shelf.

I chose for moulding plaster instead of concrete, it is whiter, lighter in weight and more delicate. It was a super nice and messy experiment. But while getting to know this material a bit better and trying out several techniques at the same time, I didn't document every single step, but I'll do my best to explain it in words.

1/ Make a mold for your column with the cardboard, it should be about 2mm wider than your perspex cube on each side.(see image 3)
2/ Cover the mold with duct tape on the inside to make it waterproof. Fold the mold into shape and on the outside cover it with duct tape as well to avoid any leakage and to keep it in shape once the plaster will start to set.
3/ Make your plaster mixture and pour it in. Tap on the sides of the mold with a pencil for a couple of minutes to create vibration in the mixture and remove air bubbles.
4/ After a couple of hours remove the mold. But let the massive block dry completely for two more days.
5/ With sandpaper smooth out your column. I made two blocks, one turned out smoother than the other, but I'm preferring this rawer one.
6/ Determine where the plexi block should be, and mark four lines with a pencil. Then with any regular old saw make the incisions about 2mm deep. Smooth out with a file and sand paper

But the first thing I did when it was done: stuff the clear box with all the flowers and leaves from my garden that I could get my hands on and laugh about this miniature Raf Simons for Jil Sander set.
you need
-perspex (storage)cube
-duct tape


Unknown said...

What a great idea ! love !! Thanks for sharing !

XX Luba

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ChamaFashion said...

So pretty!

Anonymous said...

I will definitely try this at home!

Alies said...

That looks lovely!
x fashialies

Julie said...

great idea! i think your closet would look amazing

Mia said...

omg this is so great! Definitely have to try this!

Adelajda said...

omg! You're genious!

duckalicious said...

"What I like to do is pretend that my wardrobe is a little boutique and 'merchandise' parts of my clothes and accessories into little collections."

I just love the sentiment, it seems like a great way to bring some "art" into everyday life.

Unknown said...

Omgosh you made this yourself ?! you are so creative!
Thats so cool definitely going to make this!

xo' M

Mika said...

Oh I love this idea! Simple enough to do over a weekend but the payoff is great.

Vincent said...

This is a great idea! I love how much more noble and expensive everything looks like if it's placed into this display column. I'm surprised about the fact that you cand use paper as a mould. I thought the heaviness of the material might destroy the paper during the drying process. But you solve the problem with the duct tape. :) I like how imperfect the finished brick looks like with all those little gaps and holes. Very very cool!

Angela said...

Your ideas are always so original and incredible :') Love this.
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Tanja Jojic said...

This is brilliant. =^.^=

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Living is my Library said...

It think this is the most best and original DIY post i've ever seen. Thumbs up!

Marjolein | NeverTooPolished said...

Wat een super leuk idee, een stuk of 3 naast elkaar zou perfect zijn!


Karen - Simple Vanilla said...

Wow! What a great idea, veryy beautiful!


Unknown said...

Oh, I love this--fantastic idea! Pinned it! :-)

TeuntjeVDW said...

What a great idea! It looks amazing! xx.

MILEX said...

the best

Unknown said...

This is genius!

Álvaro said...

wow, simply amazing! ( as always)

rag dolls said...

nice idea!

Anonymous said...

Pure talent


looks really nice!

Anonymous said...

so perfect

Sophia said...

I love this idea! But I have to ask what the blue/crazy cool/shard of glass item in the last pic is? If its jewlery..where from? I must have it!#


At Sophia: its just a piece of beautifully broken glass! :)

Anonymous said...

nooooooo! I'm always blown away by your DIY posts! amazing

Anonymous said...

the epitome of why i like you so much ^^

cyeoms said...

haha you're brilliant! personally i love it with a few air bubbles on the sides. x

Emma said...

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, and thank you for not keeping this to yourself (like I might have done if I was as handy and creative).

Sharon (Style-Chameleon) said...

Wat een leuk idee!

Ziet er prachtig uit!

Anonymous said...

You are crazy! In a good way!

Plastic Island said...

Black and grey? Hmmm. You have good taste.

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AnnKristina said...

This is really cute xx

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Vanessa said...

i love how minimalist your projects are :)

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