A DIY Jewelry Dish You Can Make With 10 Minutes and a Trip to the Hardware Store
Sofia Ramsay might make her living in the realm of delicate beads and fine chains, but that doesn't mean she can’t get down with tougher materials, too. "At hardware stores, there are so many cool objects with functional forms that can be abstracted," she says. On her most recent trip, she found a way to turn electrical and plumbing fittings and gardening supplies into utilitarian trinket catchalls. "The pipe forms are great to drape chains over so they don't fight and tangle,” Sofia explains. Ooh, yah, sign us up for that.
There are two options for planter dishes and pipe metals shown above—you can work with whichever kind your hardware has, but you’ll only need one set for this DIY.
4 ¼ inch wide terra cotta planter dish OR 4 ¼ inch wide glazed ceramic planter dish
½ inch copper tee and two ½ inch, 45-degree copper street elbows OR a silver metal t joint. (Find them the plumbing section.)
1 tube of E6000 glue
A scrap of paper or cardboard
"Wipe down your materials to get rid of dust accumulated from the hardware-store shelves. Scrub copper pipe with dish soap to make a clean surface for glue to adhere to. Squeeze out a quarter-size amount of E6000 on a piece of scrap paper. Prepare a couple toothpicks for application."
"Prep the copper plumbing pieces. Apply some E6000 to the inside arms of the tee piece and slide the smaller ends of the elbow pieces in either side. Use your toothpick to scoop up glue and run it around the flat edges of the oval surface."
"Apply some E6000 to the base of the tee and place it on your glazed planter dish. Allow to dry fully overnight, and keep wherever you’re most likely to shed your jewelry!”