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The Studio Tour

I moved in June of 2009 and became the proud owner of my Very Own Craft Room Studio Office. I planned to have a nice little blog post all about it last year. Now it’s October 2010. The bright side of this one is that it doesn’t matter if it’s a little late. So come on in:

First Stop on the Studio Tour

Our first stop is my “dry” station. I work on bead finishing and jewelrymaking here. This means that the table is dusty so it can’t go with the raw clay. The shelves have all the tools and random beads I use for this end of my business. The duct running above my table tends to get photos stuck to it with whatever magnets are handy. Over to the right, in the corner, is the visiting station. You’ll often find Sam the studio mascot there. He’s a sweetie and helps with beads too.

Station Two on the Studio Tour

This is the brain centre and shipping area. My shipping gets done here – the mail sorter on the shelf usually has outgoing mail in it and the little boxes have various papers, forums and other odds and ends. Receipts and invoices get boxed up top and a few other tools with room to expand a little as needed. To the left are my lovely little Ikea Fira boxes which get used at shows as displays but also as item storage in my studio.

Final Stop on the Studio Tour

Finally we have the clay station. The table is always covered in random clay projects. The shelves contain, as much as possible, only clay related tools and materials. The little roller cart along side the table has more of the same.

The walk-in closet beside the table has seasonal clothes storage (boooooring!) and larger studio tools – my buffer, old files, my baking trays, boxes of coverables, craft show totes and displays. The bookcase has my reference materials, magazines that need processing, shelves and baskets that need sorting… but basically office supplies, current open files, catalogues and supplies that need to find other homes.

Phew! Now I’ve gone and outed my studio. I feel much better.

My Cane Palette

When I make canes, I cut them into several 2″ pieces to use in my various web stores, selling them. After that there is usually a few inches on each end of good cane that I trim the warped pieces off and save for myself. These used to get tossed into the Plano storage boxes I use for canes.

The storage boxes are almost 3 inches deep. Perfect for holding the nice, neat cane segments I cut and wrap. Not so good for actually using the little odd pieces I keep for myself!

So last week I went through about 4 years of accumulated bad habit, pitched the majority of pieces into the mix up pile (for swirls and Natasha beads) and lay the rest out in two large, shallow plastic containers by loose colour groups. They’re not neat but they’re somewhat organized and easy to use. It has made all the production work of the last week so much simpler, I could kick myself for not having done this much earlier.

My Cane Palette