Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Studio Layout & Winner Announcement

Carol Dekle-Foss
First of all, thank you so much to all who participated in my giveaway. Your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated! The winner announcement is at the bottom of this post. 

First, I thought I would share with you my studio layout.
I dream one day of having a cottage style studio with little flower pots flanking double french doors, skylights for ample lighting and built-in cabinets galore. To be honest though, I am very grateful for the studio I have now. I never thought I would be able to pull off working from home and living an artistic life. I feel very blessed when I have the opportunity to spend time creating here.
My studio is set up in sections or stations used for different activities. 
I spend most of my time in front of this hand-built workbench, which is the heart of the studio. I did a post here about building it with my husband. Also, here are the instructions if you would like to build one yourself. I am currently in a creative dry spell, so the top of my workbench is clean and patiently waiting my return.
The top center drawer is my favorite because the tools I use most are right at my fingertips.
The three center drawers house things like chain, wire and metal scraps
These drawers are usually left open while I'm working. Each drawer holds 96 favor tins from Michaels. It took me quite awhile to amass them all. I would use their 40% off coupon each time I bought a can of tins. It amazes me how one can have so many beads but never find the right one needed for a project. It might be time for a destash soon!
Right behind the workbench is my pathetic solder station, cleaning area and a belt sander. No sink here. That will be a must for my dream studio. 
Another workbench is used for my rolling mill, metal sheer and 2 flex shafts. I have my foot pedals elevated because, well, I am short and it's more comfortable that way. I know, it's weird.
A massage chair is an absolute must in a studio! My stump doubles as an ottoman.
The other side of the studio has storage, clay work area and sandblasting equipment. On the corner of the workbench, barely visible, you can see my metal saw area. It's the perfect height for sawing. One day I wold love to have a metalsmith workbench. I girl's gotta dream right?

So how do you organize your work area? Do you have different section or stations? How do you store your tools and beads? What has most benefited you in the studio as far as organization and placement?


Aaand the winner is....Strega Jewellry! Congratulations! I will send you a message on Facebook for your mailing information.
 Thank you to all of those who left valuable feedback. I have yet to discover a buyable pin and decided against using promoted pins, for now anyways.


Patti Vanderbloemen said...

I love virtual studio tours! Followed the link to your blog discussion on your workbench - all I have to say is "wow"! Huge bench top plus storage all in one...WOW! Your studio is amazing - I have tool envy! What a beautiful place for creating - thanks for sharing!!

Sherri Stokey said...

Oh, my. I definitely have studio envy! The workbench is really awesome - and a massage chair!?! Love!

Cindy Pack said...

Love seeing the studio! So much fun to peek in and see where others do their "work". I must find a stump! I've seen those on the blog here- and it's so perfect. The center of my studio and favorite table-- is a kitchen island with a butcher block top I found in the Ikea clearance room. It was marked so low- and nothing wrong with it what's so ever. I felt so incredibly lucky to find it and still can't believe it sometimes. Thanks for sharing your beautiful space with us! <3 Cindy

Carol Dekle said...

Thank you Patti! It took us FOREVER to build the workbench. It wasn't even meant for jewelry making. It just evolved that way!

Carol Dekle said...

I sit in the massage chair instead of working like I should! It was a gift from family, luckily my husband hates it so it sits in my studio:)

Carol Dekle said...

It is fun seeing where others create and also where they seek inspiration! I love my stump. My father found it in someone's yard and paid $5.00 for it. Lol I would try and find one without the bark, it's a pain to remove. No bueno, especially if there is sap. Try an old lumber yard.

I love kitchen islands! I have one that is country yellow with hand painted roosters. Does your island have wheels? Marble tops are wonderful in the studio. Great find!

Mardi said...

Love your workspace! I shared a link to this post on the Aspiring Metalsmiths group on FaceBook as we all share an interest on creating great workspaces. Now it is making the rounds. Thank you for sharing!

Carol Dekle said...

Awesome Mardi! Thank you for the share. I will check out that Facebook page.

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