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DIY – Bring on the STEEL! Rugged Jewelry Stands for your Metal Pleasure.

July 28, 2013

Steel Jewelry DIY

A couple of days ago, Gala Darling posted her weekly column, “Things I Love Thursday,” and I was immediately inspired by her awesome bracelet and necklace holders? racks? I feel so challenged sometimes with the names of things, but you see what I’m sayin’.

Gala's Jewelry Stands
Photo Credit: Gala Darling

They are so simple, yet can hold quite a bit of your best sparklies & spikes. A total space-saver! As you can see, I was in dire need of a jewelry showcase makeover. See that jewelry box?! I’ve had that since I was a little girl. Definitely not fitting the vibe of a 35 year old rocker! I need some STEEL!

Steel Jewelry DIY

Lately I have become a huge fan of steel piping. It IS a little pricey, but the results are BADASS, and working with it is relatively simple. The hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry before you screw everything together!

Here are some examples that my husband and I have used in our home.

Steel Piping Example
Shelf / Coat / Purse Rack

Steel Piping Example
Growler Shelf

Rest assured, the jewelry stands are MUCH easier than the shelving, but you can see that the results are pretty bitchin’.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the stands:

  • 3/4″ Floor Flange
  • 3/4″ x 10″ nipple
  • 1/2″ tee
  • 1/2″ close nipple
  • 3/4″ x 1/2″ coupling – reducing
  • two 1/2″ x 6″ nipples
  • Two 1/2″ caps
  • One can of Rust-oleum Metallic in Oil Rubbed Bronze (optional)

Steel Jewelry DIY
Equipment List (toes optional)

Steel Jewelry DIY

You can find everything you need at your local hardware store, but generally not all of it comes in the same color. It also comes a little oily, so I gave everything a good washing and drying before continuing. The tee and floor flange I found were more of a silver-y color, so I used some spray paint to make them look similar to the other hardware.

Steel Jewelry DIY

Next, screw all of the pieces together! I started with 3/4″ circumference for the piping base (flange and 10″ nipple), and used a coupling reducer to move to a smaller 1/2″ for the stand arms.

Steel Jewelry DIY

The 10″ nipple screws into the coupler, then the 1/2″ close nipple into the coupler.

Steel Jewelry DIY

Now we’re ready for the 1/2″ tee, and the arms!

Steel Jewelry DIY
Steel Jewelry DIY
Ta-Da!! One finished, rugged, steam-punky necklace stand!
Steel Jewelry DIY
…and a bracelet stand to match!
Steel Jewelry DIY

How refreshing!! This freed up so much space for me, and it’s just my style too. Hard, cold, steel. I also love it because you can SEE all your stuff right out of the gates. When I was populating these beauties, there were things that ran across that I hadn’t seen in AGES! It was like going shopping in a store that is designed just for you!

Steel Jewelry DIY
Steel Jewelry DIY

Heavy Metal Love,


  1. Angel
    July 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    More space = More Jewelery :-//
    LOL cool write up Natalie!!

  2. Sherelle
    July 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Bad ass, babe!!! That is a hell of a lot of nipples…

  3. Miranda
    August 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I am in LOVE with this post! And your entire blog, really. Say hello to your newest reader. 🙂


  4. Daren
    October 14, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Love your blog and your creative ideas! Can you share the specifics on making the growler shelf or direct me to a previous entry about it? Thanks.

    • Natalie Wiser-Orozco
      October 17, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Hi Daren! Thanks for the comment! I didn’t write a post about the growler shelf, but for each of the supports, I used two floor flanges, a tee, one 3.5″ nipple, and a 1.5″ nipple. The trick was figuring out the spacing of the supports so that the spacing was even, but that we also were able to hit at least two studs to make the shelf sturdy. The wood was purchased at a place that specializes in reclaimed wood. We just picked out pieces that were as straight as we could find! Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll answer them to the best of my ability!


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