Jewelry Shelf

comments (5) September 5th, 2008 in gallery     

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I spent most of yesterday afternoon and this whole morning organizing my jewelry shelf.
I use the first to showcase my handmade pieces.
The second shelf is for my beads, silver components, stored pieces, and reference books on stones and jewelry.
The third and fourth shelves hold my tools and spools of copper wire.
I spent most of yesterday afternoon and this whole morning organizing my jewelry shelf.

I spent most of yesterday afternoon and this whole morning organizing my jewelry shelf.

I spent most of yesterday afternoon and this whole morning organizing my jewelry shelf.

It has four shelves. I used the first to showcase my handmade pieces. I bought the jewelry organizer in a local steel shop. They have such a selection to choose from! I saw revolving organizers, floor stands, shelf bars, and these cute ones I got! Each organizer has three rungs that can hold 16 earrings. I modified it a bit to accommodate my necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and rings.

The second shelf is for my beads, silver components, stored pieces, and reference books on stones and jewelry. I was inspired to organize my beads by color by Craftstylish's Susan Beal in her post: "Organize Your Beads and Charms." The beads are stored in Krisbow containers. Each has 18 dividers. Imagine my surprise when I found out I filled in most of the five containers! That means I have 90 different beads—and I haven't even added my glass beads into the collection! I'm buying more containers later so I can store my glass beads and silver findings.

The third shelf holds my tools and spools of copper wire. I use the copper wire for practice as they're cheaper than silver. I have spools and spools of different gauges of these beautifully colored wires.

The last shelf holds another Krisbow container, which I've had since I started beading in Bali. Currently it holds odds and ends that include some forgotten projects, glass and plastic beads, and other whatnots. I'm going to go through them later and see which ones I want to keep. I might eventually use that container (bigger than the ones I bought recently) to hold my silver wires.

I'm glad I finally organized that hobby shelf of mine. It looked horrible when I simply stashed stuff into it and was quite an eyesore. A sad statement when we know how beautiful the beads and jewelry pieces are. Now, it looks real nice and tidy—plus I know exactly what I have and where everything is at!

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Comments (5)

purplbutrflyjewelry writes: beadeful, when i get to your level of craft, i'm going to insist on having the guest room / study for my stuff! don't know how my hubby's going to react to that!

i understand why you don't want your husband to read my post, in truth, one of the reasons i organized it was because my own was pestering me, too! argh. (he has his own tools organized in the storage area so he sees no problem in me organizing my stuff!
Posted: 7:38 pm on September 7th
beadeful writes: I wished that I could try fitting everything on only 4 shelves. Try, 2 - 9ft tall 8 shelf book stands; not to mention the attic stairwell that my hubby painted and added shelves in for my (beading) stuff; and then there's the 3 large tool drawers I purchased from the hardware store (just for some of the beads). I could really go on and on. But I have to ensure that my husband doesn't see your post, or he'll make me get rid of much of my stuff. Good Job though, truly and inspiration.
BeadOn!
Posted: 11:16 pm on September 6th
purplbutrflyjewelry writes: true enough, clotheshorsey. sometimes i get a bit lazy, too. got to discipline myself, though. it looks so good and everything is at my fingertips when they're all organized. i don't want to mess it up. what's five minutes of making sure everything's in place when i remind myself it took me almost a whole day all in all to get it together? hahaha.

good luck, Lluvia! i hope you muster up the courage and just go and do it!
Posted: 11:12 pm on September 6th
clotheshorsey writes: YEAH....NOW ALL YOU HAVE TO DO.....IS MAKE SURE YOU PUT THEM ALL BACK IN THE RIGHT PLACES WHEN YOU FINISH WITH EM. THATS MY PROBLEM, I CAN'T SEEM TO STOP AND RETURN EM WHWERE THEY GO!!!!
Posted: 1:44 pm on September 6th
LluviaDesigns writes: that is awesome! i'm inspired to try to organize myself too. it's been about 4 years since i last overhauled my jewelry making "area" and it's kinda gotten out of control.
Posted: 1:28 pm on September 6th
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