Spring, Well Summer Studio Reorganization Continues: Storage of Jewelry-Making Supplies

Spring, Well Summer Studio Reorganization Continues: Storage of Jewelry-Making Supplies

Published On: 06-08-2014 05:04pm

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My home studio organization has continued but it seems I’m still not organized enough to blog regularly! This post will be brief; I want to share two tips for supplies storage.

I love the gemstone wall at my “local” bead store in Buena Vista, CO, Beads Louise. Louise has the strands of stone beads beautifully color coordinated. It is inspiration just to stand and gawk. The other great thing about Beads Louise is that the owner will break any strand to sell you one or a few beads. The now loose beads go into big storage trays, again sorted by color.

As I’ve acquired my own personal stash of jewelry making supplies, my storage solutions have not kept pace. Recently I bit the bullet and laid out some cash for storage trays like at the bead store. For my workspace, the boxes needed to be a little smaller and I was surprised that after buying 5  boxes, I still need more. I’ve had to home white with black, and purple with blue, and my earth toned stones have overflowed into my older tiny tackle box trays. But I’m on the right track now.



 Color-sorted gemstone bead storage: I just love pulling out my Aqua-blue green gemstone box or my orange and brown box, or my pink box, my green box, well you get the picture.


Additionally, I’ve organized my precious metal wire. This is working great! I used a three-ring binder and clear “protective sheets” to store the wire by material – sterling silver, gold filled, karat gold – then gauge and temper. I can also save the source tag to make reordering easy. Even if I purchase the sterling silver wire on a spool, I find it better to remove the wire from the spool, coil it to a wider circle (this takes some of the tight spring out of the wire) that will fit into the 8.5 x 11 pouch.


My newly organized precious metal wire storage binder safely stores coils of wire in 8.5 x 11" sheet protectors. Pocket sheets would probably work too.

These storage methods are probably very widely used among my jewelry-making friends. Most of you, I imagine, have fantastic organized spaces! I'm pleased that my efforts are helping my work process. The storage solutions help contain my supplies to a small area in my home while keeping the supplies themselves in good condition, close at hand, and ready to use.

Reader's Comments

By PebblesatmyFeet on 07/04/2014 @ 01:03pm

Because of my efforts to organize I am happy to report that it was a snap to prepare the studio for houseguest this July 4. InsteD of stashing things away, they can rest neatly where they are, project box ready and waiting for my next opportunity to work.

By ShanghaiTai on 07/04/2014 @ 03:05am

There's just something about those colorful beads that makes me want to sort through them and get inspired to make something! Sometimes I spend too much time looking and not enough time making!

By PolkadotOrchid on 06/18/2014 @ 03:34am

I've seen trays used to store beads (or in my case, buttons) before, but the binder for wire is a new one for me. I think it's a brilliant idea! I imagine it'll be far easier to create your jewelry with all of your beads organized by color like that. The green and aqua stones you have are beautiful.

By ShadowDogDesigns on 06/11/2014 @ 04:37pm

I, too, love the idea of a binder with the wire - what a brilliant solution and something that I will start to use immediately! Good luck on the continuous organization. I have been meaning reorganize my work space, but then I look at it, get tired and say "tomorrow" (: Thanks for a great post, Pamela.

By adorebynat on 06/11/2014 @ 05:24am

Great ways of organization! Organizing them takes time but finding them when they are everywhere actually takes longer and frustrating. Thanks for sharing!

By PebblesatmyFeet on 06/10/2014 @ 05:21pm

I still keep my copper wire on the spools 1) becuase the popular copper sizes I purchase by the pound and that is a big spool and 2) the small spools of copper (4oz) I keep on my workbench because I "practice" in copper. For the sterling and gold I like the binder because I don't have a drawer large enough - I can store the binder vertically on the bookshelves I've taken over. Plus it organizes the gauges that I don't use as often - like 28 and 30 I'll know where they are when I can't fit my "normal" gauges through a bead. Thanks to all for your comments.

By Wyverndesigns on 06/10/2014 @ 03:38pm

Wish I had the energy, time and inclination to do a major reorganization. Your's is great! As others have said love the color coordinated beads.

By bluemorningexpressions on 06/10/2014 @ 02:36pm

excellent way to store your beads and wire! I really like the wire suggestion. I usually just leave mine on the spool and stick it in a plastic box with all the other spooled wire. I sorted all my beads by color and tossed them into gallon bags. I left them on their original strands and in their original packages. I have to repackage when I cut a strand. I just love those boxes you used for your beads. I still use tackle boxes as well, but I have too many beads for the boxes. (as if one could have too many beads...) Loved the post and shared it everywhere.

By EweniqueEssentials on 06/09/2014 @ 08:03pm

Great organization. That's something that I need to work on little by little this summer. On a side note, I worked two summers years ago at Spring Canyon, a summer camp for military families, which is near Buena Vista. :) Such a beautiful area of the country!

By craftsofthepast on 06/09/2014 @ 01:24pm

I really like the idea of the binder full of wire ;) I keep my wires in the plastic bags that they are usually packed in when I receive my order. If they arrive in some other kind of wrapping, I put them in a gallon size ziplock bag and keep the gold and silver in a separate drawer than the copper and bronze. Thanks for all the tips! Anna

By KanweieneaKreations on 06/09/2014 @ 12:10pm

very creative! love the idea for how to store wires. great tips! thank you :)

By ChrysalisArtGlass on 06/09/2014 @ 07:16am

Hi Pamela, Your color coordinated beads look great and I would imagine it would inspire you to create now that they are all displayed so neatly. That's a great idea with your wire, i have some precious metal wire supplies but I can no longer remember the gauge or even if they are fine silver or sterling. I should try your method. Thanks for inspiring me to go and tidy.

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