Planning Your Jewellery-making Work Space

Convert a workspace for jewellery making

Photo: Ingrid Burrington

 

 

When you’re starting any kind of home business, you’ll have to  plan out and design your work area. The space you work in will directly impact on your productivity levels and success, no matter what the size of your business. Every business has its own unique needs and if your space design doesn’t accommodate your unique requirements, you may be setting yourself up for unnecessary frustration, inconvenience and possibly even failure.

Fingerprint jewelry, a popular trend in jewelry design right now, comes with its own special considerations for workplace design and planning your work space down to the last detail will prevent unnecessary headaches and waste.

The  Work Area

First you’ll need to decide where the best place is to set up your work space. You’ll want a room that is quiet, with enough space available to accommodate supplies, tools and a work surface. Avoid using rooms that have poor ventilation or heavy traffic. Since making jewellery is very precise work, particularly when you’re cutting or firing, you don’t want any distractions to avoid making mistakes that might result in wasting expensive materials and your own time.

If you have small children, it’s best to find a room you can lock, some of the tools and materials used in making fingerprint jewelry are hazardous to children. Install a lock on the outside of the door to the room if necessary.

Your Work Surface

You’ll need a flat, smooth surface to make your fingerprint jewelry on, with enough space around it for your tools and supplies. The amount of space you need depends on your level of production and the size of your work.

Organising Materials & Supplies

Consider an open shelving system, preferably immediately around your flat work space for the fingerprint jewelry, you want to be able to easily reach anything you need while working. Set up a separation system within the shelving for tools and supplies, for example: you can have plastic shoe boxes for each of the different types of tools and materials you’re using, placed clearly labeled on the shelving. Be extra careful when storing any combustible materials, such as your gas torch & refills, make sure they stay outside of any flame-path and keep away from a kiln.

Other Organisation Ideas

If you have limited space, or want to streamline your process, consider additional organisational aids for your work space.
You can hang a pegboard to hang some of your tools, such as pliers and hammers, within easy reach but without cluttering your work table.

Plan to have some cleaning supplies nearby, while it might be tempting to skip cleaning up after a long session, getting into the right habits will prevent a messy and disorganized work space.

Consider your material and tool selection carefully when you’re planning your work area.
You should keep standard materials, such as Cookson Gold precious metal clay, carefully stored to prevent the materials from drying out, so you’re all ready to go when inspiration strikes!

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