by JoAnne. (Florida, USA) I really do not like to travel, but circumstances have led me to spend the winter in the panhandle of Florida. I know, its a hardship many would love to have. But traveling is difficult and I have had to leave my store behind and depend on others to keep it going. And my new business just got its business license and I am not there to help … [Read more...] about Cannot Leave It All Behind When on a Visit
Your jewelry studio should be comfortable, well lit, and keep all your jewelry making needs within easy reach.
by Dianne Culbertson. I have found a great use for some bulletin boards that were headed for the garbage by a local company. Hardly used but not too pretty, they were going to throw these away and replace them with some more modern and attractive models. I was always digging through my bins and drawers to find my pearls and gems and I never really knew what I had or … [Read more...] about Jewelry Studio Space: Re-use and recycle to re-organize your jewelry workspace!
by Ahna White. So, you think you'd like to make your own cabochons? Well, I'm going to tell you what's involved in doing that! (This article doesn't include faceting gems - that's a completely different subject!) One of the first things you learn in a metalsmithing class is how to bezel-set a cabochon. Because of that assignment, I went searching for some interesting … [Read more...] about Lapidary Start-up Costs
by Sue Runyon. (Niceville, Florida USA) It is such a luxury to have one dedicated, clear, flat surface to pack outgoing orders and to unpack supply orders on. I raised the table up to waist level with inexpensive bed risers. I placed small pieces of non-slip mat in the top of the bed risers to keep them from sliding around. When I do a show I use this table … [Read more...] about Jewelry Studio Shipping and Receiving Station
by Dawnmarie. (Central Point, Oregon USA) Hello everyone! I always knew my husband was very handy but this just puts him in a whole new category! Here's my story... One thing I love to do is fix jewelry. I have no formal "experience" but I just jump in and fix mainly my own, but I have been doing some fixing of my family's jewelry, nothing too hard, like … [Read more...] about My Awesome Christmas Present – Handmade Jeweler’s Bench!
by Luann Udell. (Keene, New Hampshire USA) This post is Luann's helpful answer to Linda's Beads Gone Wild question about organizing beads in her bedroom. Thanks so much, Luann! :) It helps to organize beads by how you design. I tend to look for color first, then size and shape. But yeah, that works until you have (let me go count) (Okay, I'm back, but I'm … [Read more...] about Organizing Beads
by Beth Therriault. (Plainville, Connecticut USA) I have half of my finished basement set up as my work area. I have a 2 year old that gets a hold of my supplies and I need a way to organize my tools and supplies where she won't get a hold of everything but still have it where I can easily get at it. Beth Therriault Comments: I FEEL YOUR PAIN by: … [Read more...] about Organization Issues
a jewelry artist's storage and organizing solutions by Kathy Reading. If there's one thing I know for sure about being an artist who works with beads, it's that you can never have too many! In my studio, there are beads and beading supplies everywhere. Beads, buttons and findings abound along with vintage necklaces and earrings from the latest flea market or … [Read more...] about Organize Me, Please!
by LeAnne. (Fremont, California USA) I live in a small 1 bedroom condo and my studio is in the largest room, which happens to be my bedroom. I have a long sturdy table from Ikea as my workbench, with many plastic drawers for supplies, along with wall shelves to hold the bigger items. This allows me to have everything within reach and in one spot so it doesn't take over the … [Read more...] about Small Spaces Require A Lot of Organization!
by Natasha Burger. (Canada) I don't have room in my house for a craft room, so my work space was the kitchen table for the longest time. That was not very convenient, as the family seemed to always be wanting to use it for meals. A desk in the living room was do-able, but I wanted it to look good too - so a recent upgrade was made. Before I used a big tote box and … [Read more...] about Taking Over the Living Room
How to Find Space to Create by Sally Evans. Do you live in a small house or apartment with no room to work on making jewelry? Do you get everything out to work, spread it on the kitchen or dining room table, and have to put it all away when it's time to eat? Or maybe you leave it out and live with the constant clutter. Spending your precious time setting up and … [Read more...] about Your Jewelry Studio
by Lisa Yang. (Los Angeles, California, USA) I have always stored my stringing materials in plastic zipper bags. Not the greatest system, but I didn't know there was anything else to use! Recently, I discovered a thread rack that I can use to organize all of my bead stringing thread, macrame cord, spools of wire, elastic cord - you name it! It works just great and … [Read more...] about Organizing Jewelry Stringing Supplies