From Empty Nest to Jewelry Studio

by Iris Gang.

Rena, I’m new to your Mini-Tips email and I read it with interest each time it comes. I’m also new to jewelry making, but it didn’t take too long to realize that I was cramped for workspace. Since I am an empty-nester, there was an unused bedroom that looked inviting, but I still wanted to keep it neat but functional.

Fortunately I have a husband who is very handy, creative and open to suggestion. There are two closets in this room. I emptied half of one and told my husband my idea and he went to work. He built a table inside one with room for storage below it. He then installed levels of wood strips on the wall above it with hooks to hang strands of beads.

The closet rod which remained, adapted well to shower curtain hooks to hang bags of loose beads from and made it easy to slide them from one side to the other with lots of room to add more. The finishing touch were two battery operated lights added to the underside of the closet shelf. The shelf also affords more storage.

I have a bakers rack in the room close to the closet which gives me another small space to work on with shelves above and below for more storage and room in front for a chair which is accessible to both work surfaces.

When I’m done for the day, I can just close the closet door and the room looks neat again. Hope this idea might be helpful to others who lack space but still want to enjoy the art of jewelry making.

Iris Gang

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