i’ve added another hobby to my list, polymer clay jewelry, and with that hobby comes a little creative storage and organization.
first things first with any hobby, organize your tools and supplies.
i like to be mobile with my craft organization, that way i can put it all away when we have family and friends over. i like it simple, compact and efficient.
let’s get started.
i purchased several sets of 2 oz condiment containers [food grade, plastic recycle code 5], it’s very important if you’re going to store your clay in plastic containers that you get a polymer clay friendly plastic or it will ruin your clay, check out this in depth article for more information from the Glass Attic.
unfortunately i couldn’t find the containers for sale online, but if you have a Big Lots store in your area, that’s where i purchased them, a set of four for only $1.80 you can’t beat that price.
the larger container is a shoe box from The Container Store, cost $1.89.
tip. when i open my clay i cut the label and cooking instructions out and place them in the bottom of the container, that way i’ll always have the color name and cooking instructions at a glance. sculpey has several types of polymer clay with different instructions depending on the type of clay, as with all brands, so be sure to read and save the labels.
i purchased two ArtBin 6955AB on sale.
the first ArtBin stores and organizes my tools, findings, cutters, stamps, wire, hemp, roller, sand and other miscellaneous goodies.
i also keep a ziplock bag full of precut parchment paper on top, as well as my texture sheets [not shown].
tip. i use my cutting mat, rotary cutter and square ruler to precut 10-12 pieces of parchment paper at a time, that way it’s ready when i need it. i use parchment paper to create my jewelry on, the clay won’t stick and when i’m finished creating i just pick up the parchment paper and place it on my baking sheet, that way there’s no chance of fingerprints.
the second ArtBin houses my metallic acrylics, pigments, Rub n Buff, and plastic palettes.
i use a mason jar to store all my tools and a piece of glass as my work surface. below is a photo of my work area in all its glory..