These are some of the jewelry displays I've made using upcycled vintage wares.
Vintage accordion hat rack that I took apart, cleaned and painted using leftover house paint. These are so easy to find second-hand and they work great for long necklaces which are hard to display using tabletop racks.
Vintage metal mug holder. I took it apart, sanded lightly and cleaned with alcohol. I also painted it with leftover house paint.
These weren't altered but I still wanted to include them for other ideas on upcycling vintage items:
This brass photo holder works well for hanging earrings
A groovy tiered serving tray which you can use to hold or display all sorts of things. I use it for post earrings.
A now obsolete metal CD rack:) now holding loads of earrings.
Here's a blog post I did on more ideas for eco-friendly and upcycled vintage jewelry displays:http://skeptis-thisisgreen.blogspot.com/2010/02/eco-friendly-jewelry-displays.html