Category Archives: Studio Work

Studio Rennovtions

Last week I decided to add a little wall in my studio space. I did this to create a clean wall that didn’t have conduit running across it, and to give me a storage closet.

Here is a photo of the space before the wall. 

Here I’ve cut all the 2×4’s to length and am laying them out. Since the wall isn’t much more than a divider, I decided that I didn’t need a stud every 16 inches.

The wall in place.

First sheet of drywall in place. Since I was building the wall by myself, I laid the drywall horizontally because it was easier to manage. It also creates a nice tight seem between the sheets because you’re using gravity to line them up.

Second layer of mud.

Here is the storage space I created.

Beginning to paint the wall. I had a tiny helper at this point. She just wandered around checking it all out. Making sure the paint job went well.

I taped off the upper half to paint vertical stripes. Vertical stripes give the appearance of height, and give it a clean crisp look. I used

Olympic Interior Eggshell Paint
Olympic paint eggshell for the base coat, and their Exterior High Gloss for the bottom half of the wall, and the stripes. Both paints were “Milk Paint” color. Using two different finish options of the same color paint creates this subtle look.

Paint job finished.

And here it is with everything in place. I also created a ceiling on the top of my storage space so that I could display things on top of the wall. Here I have several of my vintage metal containers on display.

Spirograph Basket Earrings in Process

Yesterday I started on several pairs of the Spirogrograph Basket Earrings, and I thought I’d share a few process shots.

Here are the finished earrings that I’m making.

In this photo I’m putting the solder on the steel components using an acetylene/atmosphere torch.

Next I attach the silver rings that will hold the earwires.

Here are the components with the silver rings attached.

Then I sand the pieces to clean up the firescale.

I didn’t have a chance to finish them yesterday, as I teach jewelry making on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Today I will finish them up by creating the earwires and attaching them.