Jewelry Displays: Dress Up Your Forms and Save Money!

Jewelry Displays and Neck Dummy Makeover

Wait! Don’t throw out those scuffed white leatherette neck dummies halfway through your show season. Do what a professional Missouri jewelry store owner does. Dave Colvin freshens up his display dummies with Krylon Coarse Texture spray paint followed by a sealer, according to his recent Facebook post.

Here in the Northwoods, I set up my neck dummies on a large piece of old cardboard in the dirt driveway and hit them with light coats with Krylon matte Khaki Camouflage paint formulated for plastics. For even better hiding power, I splatter them with cream-colored spray paint from a defective can.

The results? The jewelry display (seen above) I set up in a cabinet at a local golf course.


  • Not all deck dummies are alike. The paint remained sticky on a low-profile neck dummy and never dried. So test a dab of paint in a hidden spot first.
  • Use neutral colors that are similar to each other. They are less distracting.
  • Try this technique with other display props to make them unique, like the hand dummy and wooden box from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Betsy Lehndorff has been writing for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010. This spring, she has taught at Metalwerx, the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, and the Florida Society of Goldsmiths.