by Patty Lakinsmith
It builds on the system of using the oblong black jewelry trays with the velvet liner pads. I put everything I'll need to assemble a piece in the tray, and I can take it anywhere to work. I keep separate trays for my work in antiqued brass and silver, and only include the supplies I'll need to make a particular style. I'll grab a set of lampwork beads or some focals, a tray, some gemstones, and my round divided container that contains things I use often - seamless rounds in several sizes, daisy spacers, crimp beads, etc. It makes it very easy for me to "riff" on certain themes and produce a number of pieces using the same theme, colors, and components. It's also not too messy and can be easily set aside when necessary. Since I started storing my gemstones in clear plastic divided boxes, sorted by color families, it makes it easier to find things. Could it be that I am finally organized? Weeelllll, I wouldn't go that far, but I feel like it might be a good start.
How about you? How has the heat affected your creative work? Have you found a clever way to beat the heat?