After brainstorming all those jewelry studio work zone layout ideas, it’s time to reorganize and implement!
The big change is the jewelry bench position. This is where I spend most of my time now, so enough with facing a brick wall! I’ve turned the bench to face the window view out to the garden and stock tank pond. Two small banks of drawers (salvaged from my husband’s work when they moved) hold small tools and accessories right at hand, instead of behind me or across the room. My oxygen concentrator, with quick connects to run either the jewelry or glass torch, is just to the left of the bench.
With a slight step to the left, I can drop a piece into the pickle pot. I’m debating moving this area over to the top of the drawer cabinets for easier access, but I actually like standing up regularly when I’m working.
I moved all the punches and daps and such onto the lower shelves of the small wooden IKEA cart that holds my rolling mill. This old leather chair belonged in my father-in-law’s shop where he rebuilt antique clocks as a hobby.
Glass and Lapidary
The glass and lapidary area hasn’t really changed, at least not yet. I’ve more organization to do in this area, as you can tell by the cardboard boxes of glass in the knee well.
The kiln area is the same as well. I may try moving the small kiln over onto the steel cart with the big glass kiln to clear some more usable counter. I’d love to move the guillotine shear down with the grinders, but that will leave some big holes in the counter if I unbolt it, so it may stay right where it is. The green bins in the knee well hold charcoal and wood for my husband’s grill – must accommodate food! The clock between the windows hung in my parent’s living room for 30 years, while the hot plate and 3-beam balance are more lab salvage.
The surfaces are now cleaned and decluttered, although there’s a lot of hidden reorganization still to happen. I think that I might be able to work again!