by Blanche Nonken. (Fallon, NV) In a week or two, I will be taking delivery on a pre-fab 10'x20' cabin with loft to build into my micro-house. The loft means I don't have to waste valuable bench-space on a bed, but other than an insulated roof, this is basically full DIY for me. I'm looking forward to the experience and I have the safety equipment from my travel … [Read more...] about Designing Your Benches from Scratch?
Your jewelry studio should be comfortable, well lit, and keep all your jewelry making needs within easy reach.
by Pamela. (Stanwood WA) I have a room, totally empty, that I can now convert to a jewelry studio. I won't have to try to fit my workspace onto the end of the dining room table, yay! I have furniture pieces in storage, including a watchmaker's bench and a steel dental cabinet with 27 drawers. The room has an east window and measures 8 1/2 by 9 1/2 feet and has … [Read more...] about Help Me Create a New Jewelry Studio in an Empty Room
by Susan Anderson. I wanted to share a few of my favorite ideas for storing supplies and materials used in jewelry making. Although I enjoy looking through the online stores for items to purchase, I get the most satisfaction when I find something I can use that works simply for storing supplies and costs just pennies. I am an avid thrift store shopper when it comes to … [Read more...] about A Few Favorite Storage Ideas
by Phyllis Churchill. (Deltona, Florida USA) Goodness ONLY KNOWS I love my cats!! However, recently I have two of them who have taken up permanent residence on my beading worktable. I cover it ( now) with a tablecloth, attempt to make it (underneath) as uncomfortable as possible, but.......... to no avail!! I am ( LOL) tearing my hair out trying to figure out how to … [Read more...] about Cat Calamity in My Studio
by Lisa Rohrssen. (Elizabeth City, North Carolina USA) My husband converted a tree stump into a very efficient work station. I find that having it with me gives people something to talk to me about, and the men are all fascinated by my anvil and hammers. I feel it adds a legitimacy to my work because it's all completely fabricated from wire or sheet. Lisa … [Read more...] about My Portable Work Station
by Linda Finnie. (East Mountain, Nova Scotia, Canada) I have been beading for over 10 years now and have gone through at least a dozen storage ideas, from basic tubs to custom designs. I think I have finally found the one that truly works for me. It is not ideal - yet - needs a few tweaks here and there, but is definitely a keeper! The shelving is just three $7 … [Read more...] about Jewellery Supply Display : Finally One I Like
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 … [Read more...] about My Multi-Purpose Jewelry Studio
by Joy. (Atlanta, Georgia) I have finally bit the bullet and started the horrid job of sorting of my beads. So far I am bagging them by color, findings also by gold or silver. Now, here is the big question, does anyone prefer to string and hang their beads? I ask this because I am already not liking the bucket, plastic shoebox look. Yes! It does work but I have a … [Read more...] about Claustrobeadia! Need Bead Storage Advice
by Cindi Bernloehr. (Winter Garden Florida (outside Orlando) USA) After spending the past 4 years buying, collecting and finding beads, I had quite a "STASH" and it was all in boxes in the extra closet. This way I didn't loose anything but I also didn't know what I had on hand when I started creating. I would end up making a trip to my favorite bead store to … [Read more...] about Wow, I’m Organized… Now
by Rena Klingenberg. I've developed a simple system for storing my jewelry supplies and tools - and keeping them organized. I've been using this storage system for about 12 years, and it works really well for me. Also, I tend to be a minimalist, so I don't have a huge tool collection - I'm happiest when I have streamlined collection of versatile tools that can do … [Read more...] about Storing Jewelry Supplies & Tools – Rena’s System
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena by Rena Klingenberg. Here's what a recent study reveals about creativity and clutter vs. tidiness. Where are you more creative? Transcript of this Video: Are you more creative when you work in a cluttered space, or in a space that's neat and tidy? I recently read about an interesting study by researchers at the University of … [Read more...] about Cluttered vs. Tidy Work Area – Where are You More Creative? (Video)
by Rahel. (Delaware) Hi All! :) I am starting to expand my jewelry business into supplies. I would like to get some ideas on how to organize my physical inventory. Do you use boxes? If I have about 200-300 items, and also about 300 finished pieces how should I store them? Right now I have an unorganized box for necklaces, one for earrings, and one for misc. and when I … [Read more...] about Organizing Inventory: What’s the Best Way?