Due to the fact that much of our time and interest at our January meeting was spent on how to organize jewelry supplies, the next couple of "Tips and Techniques" will focus on organizational types and methods.
Just like designers create pieces with individual style, their organization needs to be individual, too.
While jewelry makers can get started with canning jars and zip-top baggies, a growing collection of beads and jewelry-making components needs to be organized into logical and practical groups. Otherwise, getting the supplies out can take more time than designing the piece! Jewelry designers can group their inventories by color, by size, by type or by any other method that makes sense to them, using organizational systems that mesh with the way they create.
Do you like to lay everything out flat in front of you and keep your paperwork in stacks? Then you're probably a horizontal organizer.
Do you prefer to hang everything up so you can look around and see it and keep your paperwork in folders on shelves? You're likely a vertical organizer.
Are you constantly on the go? Then consider using mobile organizational tools. If you have a lot of seed beads, metal components or tools then you need to consider some specialty organizers.
If you organize a variety of materials, tools and supplies differently--you're a mixed systems organizer. Perhaps you prefer your seed beads to hang in hanks while your findings must be stored in bins. Whichever way you prefer, you can find or create an organizational system that works for you.
Find out more about "Horizontal Organizers" in next month's newsletter.
by Barbara van Look, Content Development Group
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads