My home studio
organization has continued but it seems Iâ€™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 â€œlocalâ€ 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 Iâ€™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 Â boxes, I still need more. Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m on the right track now.
Â 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.
organized my precious metal wire. This is working great! I used a three-ring
binder and clear â€œprotective sheetsâ€ to store the wire by material â€“ sterling silver,
gold filled, karat gold â€“ 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.