Today’s post is going to be a really quick one. I am often asked how I store some of my tools. I thought that would make an easy and very quick post. When I was building my studio I knew I wanted to have a way to store my hammers and the tools that I sell to my students that take classes from me. I had looked at slat boards, peg boards, building various cases and such, but in the end, I decided to go with the peg boards. But I didn’t just want peg boards, I wanted my peg boards to be pretty. HA!
I actually have fewer peg boards than originally planned, but they work for now. To go along with the decor of my studio, I have painted them black and framed them with door molding that has been painted with a metallic pewter colored paint. But more than looking pretty, they needed to be functional. In order for that to happen, I had to locate the pegs, which was actually quite difficult.
It was a lot of fun to go into the hardware stores and ask for 2″ double pegs. They would show me a package of two and way too costly for the amount I needed. I informed them I was looking to buy a minimum of 50 and possibly even 100. They would ask why I needed so many pegs and it was always fun to see their faces when I told them I needed them for my hammers.
I finally found a place online where I was able to order a larger quantity of pegs, though I am still in need of more. I used the shorter 2″ double pegs for my hammers, they were perfectly spaced and the majority of the hammer heads hang nicely in the middle. I have a second peg board where I hang the tools I sell and also some other random supplies that I keep for my use. On this board I have used 4″ single pegs to hold my items.
Another little holder that I use that has totally saved my sanity is a home made design stamp holder. I took a 2×4 piece that was left over from the framing of my studio walls and drilled holes down about 3/4 of the way through the block. This way I am able to store all my design stamps with their face up and I can easily see their designs. Before I made this tool, I kept all of my stamps in a little bag and had to sort through them each time I wanted to find a stamp.
Because my stamps aren’t the same diameter, I did drill a couple of size holes. This works much nicer than trying to pick them out of a jumbled mess in a bag.
I have a couple of other storage ideas that I will share with you in the coming months.
Studio and Artist Feature
Back in January when I introduced the Tool Time Tuesday posts I had also mentioned that I was thinking of doing a studio or artist feature. Well, the time has come and I would like to get that started. If you are interested in being a featured artist, please email me and let me know. I will send you a list of questions for you to fill out. I would like to show a couple of pictures of your workspace and a couple of your pieces. This is a great way to get some exposure and also to learn about others in the jewelry and metal arts field. Depending on the response from artists, I would like to do a feature once a week or at a minimum of once a month. But hopefully I will have enough interest to do more than one a month.
Just let me know by way of a comment or send me an email at email@example.com