For the past two years I have been working on my jewelry all over the house. I have a studio in a spare bedroom, I had things strewn all over the garage and I would have tools all over the living room for multiple days. It got to a point where I needed to have a designated space - not only for my sanity (and my family's) but also because I needed to add some very specific equipment which needed a hard working area. I FINALLY designated that area to be in the garage with my own work bench just for jewelry. I still have my studio space in the spare room which I use for small projects and packaging, but now the majority of my work can be done at my new work bench.
I spent many hours finding the right dust collector, foredom motor and bits and putting together everything I needed. She ain't pretty, but she works. The best part is, she was FREE. Well, not the tools, but the cabinets and countertop (old wood door) were. One day I will have a self contained studio away from the house with beautiful cabinets and butcherblock counters with a nice stainless steel section and wash up station, perhaps a few display cabinets as well and, of course, a TON of storage for my booth displays to be hidden away in. For now I am content with what I have and over the last few days have I ever noticed the difference in ease of use and production quality.
Expect to see new designs very soon!
I am mostly self taught and develop many of my designs through simple experimentation. Discovering a new technique or applying an old technique in a new way is very exciting for me. I often have middle of the night "brain waves" and some not so brilliant, "brilliant ideas." It is what keeps the process fresh.