Moving…. Again…. New Tutorial

Well, I am running behind. I have a couple of videos that need the last bit of editing and they will be uploaded. So Tool Time Tuesday will be a bit late. Sigh, that seems to be my M-O lately. But there really is a good reason for it. We are MOVING! And hopefully this will be the LAST ONE!

We didn’t tell anyone about the house because we didn’t want to jinx it. But we made our offer, it was accepted. We did the inspection and it passed, and what didn’t is being fixed by the current owners. We even have all the loan paperwork in process. So it is all coming together. I hope I am not sorry for announcing this before we have actually closed on the house, because you never know. But I am hopeful and feeling really good about this one.

Yes, there is a studio. WOOHOO!!!! It is smaller than my last studio, but I think it will work with some modification. But here is what I like best… It has its own entrance! YAY! Nobody has to come in and see my messy house. The studio is a 1 bedroom apartment. There is a 1/2 bath and a full kitchen. I will be selling the stove and putting a kiln in its place (I think.) I haven’t decided if I should keep the microwave yet or not. But just wait until you see what I see when I look out the windows. Well, here, take a look….

This picture is actually fairly deceiving. It isn’t as big as it looks. But still pretty cool huh?


Here is a bit better picture of the Kitchen. Check out the storage space! WOOT! And a DOUBLE SINK. I am in HEAVEN!


Looking into the room from the kitchen area. That bump out there with the door is the 1/2 bathroom.


Straight ahead is where I will put my benches/student work spaces.


I wish this bedroom were as large as it looks. It is 9 x 13. So it is great, but still poses challenges.


Originally I was thinking the closet was larger. I was hoping to put the polishing machine in there… and I still might. Yup, that is Kiari. My how she has grown. (23 pounds and 2 1/2 feet tall. She has come a long way from 3 pounds and 16 inches long.)


Yes, that is the view from the studio. Now who wants to come and take a class?

So here are a few plans I have played with in laying out my existing tables and equipment.


This drawing uses my bench as it is right now. but I don’t care for the workflow. It works, but isn’t the easiest.


This is the plan I am leaning towards. I will have to modify my bench a bit, but the workflow is MUCH better. I am pretty sure I can get six students into this space comfortably with good workflow. My sand blaster and metal shear will have to be in the other room along with the polishing unit, but I think it is still workable. I had toyed with the idea of knocking out the wall, but I think I will try it the way it is for now. Besides, the house cost more than we were planning, so I won’t have construction money for a LONG time.

I need to change the lighting in the big room and add my ventilation, but other than that, it is pretty much ready to go. Oh, I guess I will tear out the carpet and paint the floor as well. I have a few ideas for the walls, but I think I am going to leave them pretty light this time, at least for now.

I would also like to see if it would be possible to get a natural gas line into the studio. That way I wouldn’t have to have a tank in my studio. I could get a natural gas/oxygen torch instead and work it with an oxygen concentrator. The problem with that is that the gas line is on the opposite side of the house. So I don’t know if it would be possible or cost effective to do it. But I do miss having a big torch.

New Tutorial

Well this new move is very exciting. We are hoping we are purchasing the 30-year house. This home is certainly a place where I am looking forward to raising my children. But this house comes with a fairly high price tag and I need to step things up a bit to help lighten the load. Plus I have some studio modifications to make.  So I have another tutorial that is just about finished. I am putting the final touches on it now.

Spinner Rings


People have asked me for a long time to write a tutorial on my spinner rings. It has been a very popular class and not everyone can take classes with me due to distance and such. So, you have seen some of my tutorials and videos, well this is just as in depth.

The spinner ring tutorial is an intermediate project. I do not go in depth on how to solder the ring. However, I do have a video that is a good introduction to soldering a ring band.

I was really hoping that I would be posting my tutorial tonight. However, home inspections and meetings with the realtor have kept me from accomplishing that. So I promise to have it out by Friday. Oh, and the cost on this tutorial is only $9.50. It is currently over 20 pages long with more than 60 images.

I also have a couple of more tutorials that I will have listed in the next two weeks. I even have some great tool reviews that I hope to have posted shortly. I have been playing with some really fun tools lately and I can’t wait to share my thoughts.

See you all in just a little bit.


23 thoughts on “Moving…. Again…. New Tutorial

  1. woojoo

    Ohmigaw! It’s fabulous! Living in Hawaii, it looks absolutely huge to me (land space is $$$ here and rooms are small). How I wish I could come and take classes with you. I’ll just have to buy some tuts 🙂 I wonder if you should keep the micro for heating water for LOS? Or will you have a burner? Best of luck to you and your family!!

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  3. carolyn

    Yay for you! Looks like a great studio space. Did you try an arrangement with the big table up against the kitchen island and the soldering table & rolling mill against the windows? One HUGE workspace would be so amazing!

  4. Maria Paray

    SPINNER RINGS! I can’t wait, let me be first in line 🙂

    Good luck with the new house, your studio space looks awesome! I need to reorganize my studio space and would love a future post on what makes for good work flow.

    Kiari is a cutie – I don’t believe all those stories you tell about how fussy she is, LOL.

  5. Jennifer P.

    Congratulations on the new home! Thanks for sharing your planning ideas. I thought I recalled you had a hydraulic press. If so, where will you place that?

  6. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Georgette. I am toying with keeping the microwave for that very reason. This place really is a bit over the top. Like I said, it isn’t as big as the last studio, but I think for my average size class, it will be just fine. I am very excited. 

  7. Melissa Muir

    Carolyn, I did play with that idea. But in the end I decided not to do it so that I could actually use the island all the way around. I think I am going to make the island my drilling and hydraulic press station. I will miss having the huge workstation, but even though that is what it is now, it doesn’t get used that way. 

  8. Melissa Muir

    LOL Susan, just the other day I read, “Good things come to those that work hard.” LOL. I guess I am doing a bit of each.

  9. Melissa Muir

    Maria, I promise to post it here as soon as it is done. It is so frustrating that it has taken as long as it has to get it finished. 

    I will try to keep notes as I set things up. I know I had a fairly nice workflow in my previous studio. Where I am at at the moment is AWFUL. It is hard for just me to get around and work in there. That is why I haven’t been able to really offer any classes here yet. 
    Kiari puts on a really good show. But once she has you lulled in, she shows her true colors. HAHAHA
  10. Melissa Muir


    You are preaching to the choir my friend! I had a FANTASTIC ventilation system at my last place. This one is going to pose a few new issues just with where I have to put the soldering station. I would certainly be interested in talking a little further about some of your ideas.
  11. Melissa Muir

    Thank you Jennifer. 

    Yes, I do have a press. I will set that up on the island in the kitchen area. It is large enough that I will put the press on there along with my drill press and flexshaft. At least that is the plan for the moment. 
  12. Jennifer P.

    Hi Melissa,

    Your idea for the island is a good one. The drill press and flexshaft and hydraulic press together makes sense. At our school (Irvine Fine Arts Center) we are able to sit at stools and use the flexshafts. Very convenient. At home in my garage studio I have to stand, and find myself stooping over my work.

  13. Lynn Ballinger

    Melissa, I would leave the microwave. You can use it to heat water for liver of sulfur and also to reheat lukewarm coffee or tea!

  14. elise

    Yay! That studio looks awesome, congrats!!! The best studio I ever had was an apartment on top of a barn…yours looks like it is very similar. So nice to have a separate space 🙂 Beautiful water feature, too. Good luck on the closing!

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  16. Melissa Muir


    That is hard when you find yourself stooping. I know exactly what you mean. Now I need to find some stools. It is always something, isn’t it? I find that I do best when I am sitting to use my flexshaft and drill press.


  17. Melissa Muir


    I am really leaning towards leaving it. I don’t think I could put any food or drinks in there though, not with some of the other stuff that would be in there, but there will be a microwave in the next room outside the studio. But we ran the hot water the other day to see how long it would take it to get there and it took a while, so the microwave may stay…. with a big sign that says no food or drink. LOL.


  18. Melissa Muir

    Elise, I love that it has its own entrance and can be closed off from the house. The only thing that would make it better is if it were its own building. But, I think I can manage with this one. I mean, life is so rough. HAHAHA. Thanks for the luck. Things are falling into place nicely at the moment. I hope that it continues to do so. We were at the house again today to get some bids on exterior painting and we were able to go in again and OH I LOVE THAT PLACE! I even talked to a guy about setting up the ventilation system and pulling natural gas in there for torches.



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