Friday, May 22, 2009

beading center tour

For many years I have investigated the process of how to accomplish this dream.
I was accepted into a gallery up north.
The drive time with my little family became an issue.
So for now the business is on hold.
All ready to get up and running perhaps in the fall.
It has been rarely shared by others how to do the set up of a beading/jewelry making studio.
Offered up to you is a tour.
My garden is to the left of my hand.
If this can be an inspiration to others or perhaps there may just be a tip to help you in your endeavors.
I have found for the most part jewelers and beaders are a pretty secretive lot.
This is to conserve their creative license.
For every where ideas are copied.

This is the jewelers desk
Here is the station if soldering or tooling with mallet may occur.
It is also used to display as creations are in process.
It was a birthday gift a few years ago.

Business at hand in the top drawer.
Pricing and mailing.

Middle Drawer for the earring backs and other items used.

Lastly bagging

Center is simple storage right now.

The armiture is for steadying of hands a place for a vise and such.

This is all removed or slid in when not in use.
It is my dream to one day tack further study in soldering and silver smithing.

Directly behind the desk.
The show case, storage of made items.
Lower to upper is labeled with like bead together.
Glass and wood are here.
Along with chain and metal that is uncommon.
It is hung on removable 3m products.
Click on image to enlarge.

Tools within reach and easily identified at a glance.

A foot stool is a real help to my comfort.

Lighting is a must.
Good direct out door lighting helps with color identifications.
The magnifier is wonderful.
The crook neck lights were form my husbands former employer of long ago.

Reference papers at a glance are great when I am labeling the selling tags.

One of my favored area to work in is gemstone.
However these are a more expensive item.
In the gallery they would really become expensive with the percentage of their cut added in to the price.

I call my acrylics plastic only on the shelf.
These are best served for light weight less expensive items.

Lamp work glass is a favorite.
Watch at Michaels and Wall Mart every once in a while they change out the selection.
Clearence my middle mane at least it ought to be.


Reference books.

Fine tuning the space is an on going process.
It was at one point packed up and ready to move.
It is now coming back together better than ever.
Today labeling of the containers for fast reference was updated along with sorting of the types.
My supplies (for the most part) were accumulated via e bay.
Folks clearing out crafters estates and such.
Bulk distributors, 50% off sales and clearance racks.
Many of you dear friends have given me things to enjoy (thank you).
This is my candy and flowers so to speak.

There is a lot of organizing still in progress.
My last few days have afforded me time to give it some attention.

buy the best you can buy and/or save up and get that.
Do not be in a hurry to invest in tools .
By researching you only need to buy once for a life time.

A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind

See the cabel and thread on spool at the left of the work space...
The tape rule is attached to table top via packing tape.
On the table (tape) is the increments marked for each type of item lengths of necklace with 1-2 inch added for knots or the crimping method. When I measure for a peice with a clasps the cllasps is layed on the rule along the end of measure. as Well as any findings. Length has a way of escaping you once the findings get attached. This is my fail safe.
Making work faster and the minial tasks an ease.
Creating is the real me more time and thought to put into that part of it.
This is my work area.
Click to enlarge

Sunlight is in front and beside me.
That is the garden at my left.
I can listen to the crop if it needs to tell me something.
It speaks in it's own way...

See all the beads in the tin.
All the wooden beads mixed up.
So it is time.
The other day I asked for a box.
I was at a $1 store and decided not to spend money.
The next day a friend said "oh I have something for you"
The box.
This is normal, it is the way that we are to expierence that life more abundant.
We see the normal as miracle when often it is abiding .

Any way...
Sorting time.
This blue sorting try has two screw off ends of different diamiters.
Great to use to gather tiny beads.

All of my wooden beads were in a big box.
Now I have then back in action.

The new box used to sort all wooden under 6 mm.
Smaller compartments smaller bead storage.
Larger beads like wise.
If I have a surplus, those are stored in such containers that are large and hold a surplus for big projects that call for a large haul of bead.

Now the wood is sorted and each drawer is noted of the size.

These placed in order by size into the storage box that holds all the drawers.

Here are the tiny assortment.
These are often of more use to me.
They are often used as spacer beads.
The assortment at a glance is to have a faster aqusition of parts.
Less time hunting more time crafting.
I can now make count and then asses what I might need if anything.

this is a beaders ruler
Note the fast reference on bead size.
After some time you'll nknow the size just by holding or looking at it.

Nice tool.

I will speak more on this craft in the future.
If any questions please feel free to ask.

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