I love to see other peoples jewelry studios.
OK THE ABOVE IS NOT MY SPACE!
This is really designed for a scrapbooker but I can invision much of what is here in my jewelry studio.
The above is organization from the
My reality is below
A girls gotta dream though.
Personally I think my reality is pretty great! I get to do what I love everyday!
I like to see how other people work. This comes from the fact that I am learning and have so much more to learn. So in the spirit of Paying it Forward I thought I would share my space in hopes that you could take something of it for the growth of your own studios.
I also like to see how people organize themselves. Just a couple things on how I organize myself.
- I have to have quick access to my beads. I want to be surrounded by them.
- I like them to be organized by color, type, art beads, metal color etc. That way if I know I am working on a teal piece of jewelry made with silver I can simply grap all my teal & silver beads and components.
- I like to be able to see through the containers. Those plastic shelving sections with the little drawers I bought at Walmart for around $10.00 each. You can stack them or even hang them on the wall. I keep all my metal colors in them. I try to keep my metal colors organized so these have headpins, eyepins, bead caps, chips, beads, charms and such all in the same color.
- I do use Craftmate locking beading storage also. I have those full of Czech Glass, Swarovski, Pearls and organized by color if possible so all I have to do it grab them. I have to admit though I have more Czech Glass than just those. I have some overflow boxes under my desk! LOL
- I have those Craftmate locking bins on a wooden shelving unit I bought from Scrap n Cube company...from my scrabooking days. I also have them on a stool and metal paper shelves that I picked up at a garage sale. I don't like them all stacked on each other as they are harder to get then. I really hate stacking and unstacking but in a perfect beading world things will be stacked. I buy the Craftmates at Joannes Fabric online when they go on sale. On a good sale day you can get them for around $3.50.
- I like to buy matching plastic tubs. I think they stack better. Not all of mine match but I bought a bulk supply amount at Costco. I think you can get 10 for around $17.00 or so. I keep all my gemstones by color in those, all of my fair trade beads, Greek Mykonos and any overflow I may have.
- See that big tub under my desk. That is full of my made jewelry all on Easels and ready to package up for a show or if it sells get ready to ship. I buy black easels online at Nile Corp, you can get them fairly inexpensive if you buy in bulk...I think their shipping is a bit high but if you buy in bulk it will be worth it. I usually try to keep all my earrings and bracelets that are on Etsy in separate bags so I can find them quickly. Not all my jewelry is on Etsy and staying organized is important.
You will note every surface is stacked and racked!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ikea has come in handy for that.
- This shelving unit has a bottom file drawer. The drawer in the middle I use for my Recovery Rosary - 12 Step Prayer Bead Supplies. The top drawer I use for printer ink, paper clips office supply miscellaneous. The open shelve I usually like to display my latest jewelry but it has turned into more storage!
- The stacked plastic shelves I keep many of my organic beads like wood, ceramic, nuts, seeds, cotton cording, ribbon, packaging frills etc. I also store my made Recovery Rosaries in these.
- Well not organized really well are all my incidentals like receipts!!!! That white box is my yearly file cabinet!!!!!!!!!! Metal work material, dremel parts, patina, sealants, magazines and chain all seem to find a way over to this shelf!
Note my superman husband on the top shelf! He is a handsome one. If it weren't for him, I would still be working as a Critical Care RN. I get to pursue my dreams because of him. Thanks honey!
- This is kind of my shipping center. I keep all my cards, boxes, packaging tape, envelopes, washi tapes, scale, paper, Jewelry Mags, etc here so it is organized and I have a little shelf area to weigh my packages and pretty them up.
- I really like this idea a lot. This shoe rack has all my recycled bubble wrap and any packaging material that I can use. I bought one of these cheap shoe rack hangers that go over your door. I think you could find some other applications for these in your studio also. They are easy to find at thrift stores plus they are cheap.
WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT A MESSY CLOSET THAT IS PACKED TO THE BRIM!!!!!
I really like to keep my office center separate from my jewelry making area.....and like most jewelry artists sometimes it spills over. This is where I post, do social media networking, photo edit, sometimes package, print, talk with my jewelry friends across the world.
Those wooden shelves on my desk are from Ikea....... I love them!
This is a room in my basement that has been ripped up. My hubby isn't so keen on me expanding but I really would love to get into making more of my own components. This involves more metal work, possibly enamel, lampwork etc....So my dream is to move that portion of my business down here.
FIRE and CARPET
So here is a little glimpse in to my studio. I couldn't tell you everything so if you have a question about my studio please feel free to ask.
The goal is to continue to make what I love, expand my knowledge and skill as a jewelry artist with hopes of more publications.
Pearl Diver was Published in Bead Trends January 2013 and is one of my signature designs that you can find in my shop made with Czech Glass and or Faux Pearls.