Ever wondered where you can get cheap – or even free! – stands to hold parts while you prime, paint or polish? You can make simple ones at home, using supplies you already have at hand. For a few dollars at your local craft store, you can upgrade them into something pretty amazing.
The jars can be glued either base-to-base, to give a nice flat surface on the top, or lid-to-lid for better grip. It’s helpful to glue the lids down as well. Just remove the lid, apply a few drops of superglue to the thread on the jar and replace the lid. This will stop the lids coming undone when you’re using the stand.
You can make the stands 3 jars high (or higher). Just remember to glue them base-to-base or lid-to-lid as you go for better grip. And wrap tape around each join as you go.
What I love about these stands (other than the cost!) is that once you have attached a part to it, you can turn these sideways or upside down without the part falling off, allowing you to paint from every angle.
On this stand, I’ve turned a small ruler upside down and glued it to the stand. With some upside down masking tape, it’s great for holding a range of parts all at once, which is perfect when you have a handful of parts that all need to be painted the same colour. The upside down tape is held on by two smaller pieces on the underside.