Show me your workbench!

Periodically I get asked what my work space looks like.  Well, it’s a mess!  I do sort of know where everything is, or at least where it should be.  Too many times, it’s right in front of my face, on the bench somewhere.

I’ve actually got two work benches.  One is for “hot” – soldering, pickle, but also do most of my forging, sawing, drilling, and polishing on this bench.

The other bench is my “cold” bench – I do most of my maille work here, as well as sketching and designing.

With both of them, I “built in” rulers across the bottom, marking off inch and 1/2 inch increments.  Saves me a lot of time searching for a ruler.  Although I do know exactly where those are!

I probably have too much junk on my benches – bowls full of tumbled stones, dishes with scraps of metal and in-progress projects.  I really don’t think it distracts me too much though. Sometimes having that “thing” sitting in front of me will make me pick it up and re-think how to use it.

If you see anything that you want to ask about, whether it’s a tool or piece of work, let me know in the comments!

Saturday routine

I’m so glad we didn’t end up with the 6″ of snow that was forecast earlier this week today!  Saturdays are my day in the studio, and I was pretty bummed about missing that time.

Instead of 6″ of early March snow, we ended up with nothing.  Well, nothing but cold.  Perfect day for hanging out in the studio and creating.

I finished a brass Euro 4:1 necklace that I’d started last week, and made a Phaedra pendant from a tutorial I’d purchased this morning.  The Phaedra pendant is really cool – I love the way it came together – and I’ll be making more of them!  Mine is sterling with a clear crystal, but here’s the general idea.

After I finished the pendant, I poked through some old silver components I’d made a while back, and used them to make a new bracelet. While the bracelet was in the tumbler, I took photos for my Etsy shop so that I could post a few items (check out the Shop page!).

Spring Forward tonite….looking forward to warmer weather and no threats of snow!

Shop is open!

I’m excited to announce that my online shop is now open!  Click on the Shop tab, and you’ll see links to the pieces I have currently listed in my Etsy shop.  Easy peasy, click on a photo, and you’ll be taken to Etsy to purchase!

I’ll be adding more items soon, both one-of-a-kind and unique chainmaille works of art.  If you are looking for a custom piece, please send me a convo or email and we can work together to design something just for you.