How To: Organizing Tools

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I keep my pliers, scissors, and tweezers handy in this organizer.
This wooden organizer has a pull-out drawer and tray area for smaller things, too.
I keep my pliers, scissors, and tweezers handy in this organizer.

I keep my pliers, scissors, and tweezers handy in this organizer.

Photo: Susan Beal

I usually left my beading and jewelry-making tools lying haphazardly around on my worktable or tray—until I spotted a handy little piece that has made everything so much easier to keep track of: the Park Your Pliers wooden tool organizer from Fire Mountain Gems.

I love how compact it is and how neatly it holds my essentials: five pairs of pliers, my sharp scissors, and knotting tweezers. It also has an open tray area and small enclosed drawer for holding odds and ends, so it's perfect for a desktop or jeweler's bench. You could also designate a box with a hinged lid, or a silverware tray, for your tools and keep them all together in that. Or if you have open wall space, you could hang up pegboard with hooks for each pair of pliers, tweezers, and scissors.

One last tip: I keep a small pair of scissors on a ribbon, like a long over-the-head necklace, and put it on while I'm working with ribbon, twine, thread, and fabric. It's so nice to have them close at hand while I'm crafting.

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Kool_Grandsons writes: Any ideas on storing fabrics so they are easy to access ?

Also, I'm looking for a fusible web (for applique outlines) that can be put through the computer printer. Any suggestions?

Judy
Posted: 12:35 pm on July 13th
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