I’m a bit behind in reading, and I suppose you’re knee-deep in your
show at this moment, but I thought I’d respond for what it’s worth.
I’ve been happily using acrylic cases with the clips that are used
for “glass cube” displays. The glass pieces are PROHIBITIVELY heavy,
and the acrylic makes a good substitute. Right, it’s not as durable,
but I’ve used them about 20 times or more and they are still doing
fine. At some point I will probably replace the top pieces, but the
rest will last even longer. I ordered the clips on-line, and got the
acrylic cut to the sizes I needed at the local hardware store.
Certainly didn’t cost $100 a piece. Originally I had folding tables
set out in sort of a Z pattern, and I made wooden tops to have them
be one continuous counter (as well as gain some more inches than the
tables themselves gave), and they were set up on pvc pipes to make
them counter height. A skirt was velcro’d to the underside of the
wooden tops, running the whole length of the Z. Simple draped cloth
could have worked, too. Currently I have five individual stands that
I built to support my cases, they are wooden and heavy. The
heaviness can be a bit of a nuisance when I’m schlepping them to &
from a show, but they are nice & sturdy when setup, and they aren’t
really THAT big of a deal, heaviness-wise. At any rate, my cases are
24" wide, 12" high and 18" deep. I can use risers nicely inside, and
I can have a decent height necklace bust in there, too, so the height
works well for me. The bottom of the case is high enough, counter
height, but I can still see easily over the top. They have the 1/4"
thick acrylic on the front, sides, and top, and are open in the back.
With my last setup being on what looked like a wooden table, I had
bottoms pieces clipped to the cases that were stained 1/4" thick
plywood. They stay sitting more nicely if you have a bottom piece
clipped on. I first had acrylic, but that would just get all
scratched up really fast, so I switched to wood. I liked the look,
too. Better to go with nothing clipped at the bottom rather than
acrylic. You could also use the plywood base & paint it whatever
color fits your display. Now I have them sitting on a velvet covered
base that has little posts at the corners for the case to sit aroung
and stay firmly in place. You can see my current setup on my website
at http://www.lisagallagher.com/finding.htm, scroll about half-way
down to where I list my shows.
I hope your show went well this weekend, and good luck redesigning
Designs by Lisa Gallagher