How To: Organizing Toolscomments (1) July 13th, 2008
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.