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How to Create a Space To Create Your Jewelry in a Apartment or Small Home.

January 02, 2017

How to Create a Space To Create Your Jewelry in a Apartment or Small Home.

It can be tough to find room to create jewelry when you don't have a lot of extra room where you live. Here are some ideas for creating your own jewelry creating space even if you live in a apartment. 

When I first got into the trade, I had just moved across the country and I was staying in an extra bedroom in a cousins house while trying to get my start as a bench jeweler and I had only a small spot in her laundry room to fit my bench into so I had to get clever to find ways to do the work I needed to do in this tiny space. Here are some of the things I did to keep to this small space. 

  • Use a bench pin that attaches to your kitchen table 
  • Use a jewelry casting service or cad-cam instead of trying to do your own.
  • Instead of a large buffing set-up you can get by by using buffing wheels that attach to your flex-shaft.
  • Use a small ultrasonic and hand dry your work instead of using a steamer.
  • Build a mini bench out of a small desk.
  • If you have room installing a cabinet above your bench space can be helpful.
  • Use a candle or cup warmer with a pyrex beaker for a pickle pot.
  • Use a hand-pumped wax injector.
  • Try to buy tools and equipment that are smaller.
  • pegboard behind a bench makes a great way to store tools.
  • Plastic drawer units can make good use of extra space underneath a bench or table and work great for storing tools and supplies that don't fit in your bench. 
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    It can be challenging to work out of a small space but it is definitely possible! Also if you are creative with modifying furniture you could turn an old desk into a bench space if you need something smaller than a regular sized workbench. 



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