The studio is just about complete! I spent just under $100 for new furniture, lighting etc. and here are the results:

Here’s my Metalsmithing/jewelry desk- I modified it by adding some drawer pulls to hang pliers on. The only thing missing is my bench pin, which should arrive in the mail today!

The white stand has a small kiln that I will use to experiment with different soldering techniques- a small fan in the window will help with ventilation.

The walls are tricky- I have decided to wait to put up the shelf until I can be sure it will stay up! I KNOW I will enjoy having a nice spot to sit and do research, post pictures or blog posts, or simply take a breather.

The sewing desk took the most time- we had a beautiful, 60 degree day on Sunday and I was able to take the desk out and sand down all the surfaces before painting it. I will add a pegboard to hold all my thread later.

I have old sewing patterns under the glass on the desk!

I’m pleased with how things came together and can’t wait to get started on my first projects. I have SO much fabric right now, so I’ll spend some time brainstorming on how to use it. I'm mostly excited, though, to begin working on jewelry. I live in Lawrence, KS, a city with a rich architectural history. I have always admired the details that went into constructing the buildings on campus, as well as the preservation efforts that have maintained the historic feel of the downtown area. During the next week I will spend time gathering inspiration from the houses and buildings that surround me on my daily walks to create an architecturally driven line of work. I’ll share some of my initial ideas with everyone next week!

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