My Multi-Purpose Jewelry Studio

by Autumn.
(North Carolina, USA)

The Jewelry Making Journal has been a real asset since the first day I found this site on Google. You’ve all given wonderful advice and inspired the muses far more than I can put into words. I decided last month to post my own studio/organization story, but kept putting it down. Since it’s far too cold to safely wire wrap, I’ve decided to write this post. So here we go!



My studio is actually my desk. Which, in turn, is not a desk but my collapsible six-foot expo table and a table chair.

Hidden under my clothes are two DIY bead storage trays along with two compartments of pearls and findings. Next to them are five compartments of tumbled stones and cabs. Above that are two aluminum pie pans where in-progress items are stored. Then you have my random assortment of desk items, including wooden dowels for mandrels. Hidden under the desk is my toolbox, shipping and expo items. Random tools/materials I rarely use have a designated space on the bookshelf.

Tumbled gemstones and cabs

Tumbled gemstones and cabs

The storage itself is what makes this work. Like everyone else, I went through the “what system works for me?!” phase. I tried the zip-bag, shoe/plastic boxes, bead caddies, original packaging, glass and plastic bottles and probably several other methods.

My toolbox is large enough to carry my tools, small enough to store anywhere, and sturdy. The dividable, large compartment boxes are for tumbled stones and cabs. All wire is placed in craft-size zip bags with tarnish strips. The bags are placed within a sturdy plastic tray that has anti-tarnish cloth in the bottom.

The bead storage is what really has me excited though. Elizabeth Ward Bead Solutionsis exactly what I was looking for since I started making jewelry. The plastic tray the wire is stored in is actually a Bead Solution tray.

Bead Storage

Bead Storage

The Bead Solution units come in four sizes. I use them for both findings and beads. My units are stored in DIY “boxes” made from cookie trays and non-slip shelf-liner.

So there you have it, my studio! Photographs are taken in the corner where the notebooks are, so that I can adjust the spectrum light.

I hope this helps inspire others. Thanks for reading!

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  1. I like your area, where did you bought your lamp? I need one and I like yours… Thanks for sharing with us!!

  2. Thanks Arely. I bought the lamp at Big Lots. It’s a cheap blub–you can tell by the weakness of the light. They have table and floor lamps. However, it’s still a good quality full spectrum light for $20. It sure does help with determining colors! I use both it and the clip light with a sunlight bulb.

  3. Thank you! I wish I had a table like yours, I have a room that I use for crafts, toys, baby cloth but I have no desk/table. I like the little boxes you use for bead storage.

  4. I bought mine at Target when it was on sale. It’s far sturdier than I thought it would be. The bead boxes are Elizabeth Ward Bead Solution. You can find them on Fire Mountain and various online stores. Some Jo-Ann’s are carrying them, but not all. Unfortunately, they aren’t on the JA website.

  5. Thank you!!! I am going to be checking to see if I find them…

  6. Thanks so much for sharing your great jewelry supply storage ideas, Autumn! Isn’t it a fantastic feeling when you get your storage and workspace set up perfectly for the way you work? I’m glad you found the bead storage containers that work so well for you – thanks for sharing that source! 🙂

  7. So I ended up buying a desk…which is a lot smaller than my table. Which means I had to go back to the thrift store where I bought the desk and buy something to put the beads on! It’s a rolling cart with two selves and the top. The sort you’d put a TV on or something. The new set up actually works out better.

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