I left off last week with E6000 and a whole lot more information to pass along to you. So here goes.....
|Cups and sticks|
I love Susan Lenart Kazmer's Ice Resin product. I have nothing but good things to say about it. It's the mixing supplies that I am going to talk about. First off, you don't get enough in the package. If you are like me, you will use 3 cups with each batch, so both the cups and the Popsicle sticks get used up pretty quickly and long before the product is gone. So what to do? I let my fingers do the walking on Amazon and found not only the 2 ounce medical cups at $2.26 for 100 count, but also larger cups which, for many of us, looking to make larger batches, is a dream come true. I also found Wooden Popsicle sticks in a 50 count for $1.02. I stocked up on all of these and now buy the largest size Ice Resin I can get, without the kit. Not really doing resin naked, but still feels pretty freeing. *Hint: Small 3 oz squeeze bottles with a fine tip also make for great Ice Resin delivery systems.
|Vanity Fair Premium Dinner Plates|
|Tools and More Tools|
Don't be afraid to fabricate your own tool holders. See the wood block below with the dapping set? That's home-made and it works just dandy keeping my dapping balls right where I can get to them. Everyone should be able to get to their balls in a hurry. At least that's what Great-Gramma Steamington used to always tell us kids when she was sitting on the porch drinking home-made moonshine in Kentucky....Wait? What was I talking about?
|Heat gun, soldering wand and Dremel|
|Fire block, torch, soldering wand and gun|
|Dapping Set in wood base|
|Copper stampings organized by size|
|Resin cameos organized by color and size|
|Silver gears organized by shape|
|Silver chains by type and length|
|Resin flowers organized by color|
The last thing I am going to talk about is organization. You can't make it if you can't find it. You should be organized within an inch of your life? Why?
Have you ever placed an order for supplies, just to find out that you already had 24 of whatever you just ordered, hidden in the bottom drawer on the left behind the _________? I have. Enough times that I went, "That's it. I am getting organized!"
I spent a good two weeks organizing, by size, material, color, supplier....anything that was a catagory that made sense to me. Maybe you have a whole Bsueboutiques cabinet or a hand made clay beads drawer. Whatever works for you, so you know what you have and what you don't-Do it.
Segmented bead trays are my main stays in organizing and once again, I headed over to Orchard Supply and Harbor Freight, to get em Naked. I pay half for the trays at the manly-man stores that my fictional friend "Burl" likes to frequent vs. Beverlies Craft.
WHEW! I am exhausted. That was a great deal of info, so I had to split it into two blog posts. I hope I did not overwhelm with too many hints going in too many different directions. Even if you only take one thing away from this post and implement it into your makering and design work, I hope it will save you some money, make you better organized or give you better tools to make magic with your art without breaking your back or your bank account.
Much Love and Happy Makering.....