Virtual Jewelry Studio Stroll

As promised, here are some photos of the new studio set up. I cleared some room to have a separate table to set up my mini photo studio, so now I have three 6′ tables to work with for everything else: metal work, metal clay, collage, soldering, polishing, tumbling, keum-boo, and heat patination. Roomy!

Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs Studio

A closer look at the metal work and beading area. I placed my little stereo closer, too, so I can reach it as I am working if the phone rings or if I want to change a tune…

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Then comes the collage and metal clay area. I brought a file cabinet from my home office (to make some more room there too), which serves as an organizer here and still leaves me plenty of room to work with. Below is the area I use mostly for metal clay:

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Next is the table where I do all the soldering, polishing, patination, and keum-boo, which is a Thai technique for adding layers of gold to fine silver. Here you can also see other tools for tumbling, pickling, and cleaning metals.

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Since keum-boo and certain type of patination require direct heat, I use a hot plate. Someday I will be able to get a sturdy wooden table to add safety to this station, but for now it has to be plastic. I set the hot plate up on a thick piece of wood to prevent burning the table! Below you can see the hot plate and the bookshelf where I keep patinas and some packaging materials. I don’t use liver of sulphur for patinas here, I do those in the bathroom, where there is running water.

Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs Studio: Keum BooSacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs Studio: Patinas

Finally, here is the new mini photo studio. Now I have more room to move around and play with lights. I even have room for all my photo accessories and props. I am loving it!

Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs Photo Studio

You can see my metal clay kiln above. I placed it by a brick wall (the fire place), since it seems the safest spot for the amount of heat that kiln can kick.

Thanks for reading this far. Hope you enjoyed my virtual jewelry studio stroll!

10 thoughts on “Virtual Jewelry Studio Stroll

  1. john dearden says:

    Now THAT is a studio. I had recently bought a used table on craigslist and mine is now a little less organized and a lot smaller, but you have given me some great idea on what I can do with my space. I will post a few pics of my studo in one of my future blog postings. Depends on how long it will take to get it straigtened up.

    • Yol Swan says:

      Thanks for your comment. Glad to hear it gave you some ideas. I tried to place things so that the space would be better utilized, so certain tools can be shared for different aspects of the jewelry making process.

  2. Rose says:

    Hi there, just wanted to ask where you bought that shelving unit on top of your table. It’s the tall one. I’ve been looking for this for awhile but I don’t know what it’s called.

  3. Yol Swan says:


    If you are referring to the light colored one, it’s an unfinished CD storage unit that I purchased years ago at one of those unfinished wooden furniture stores. So it’s narrow and portable, and it holds small stuff nicely. If you are referring to the darker, longer unit, it’s a desk hutch from Pottery Barn.

    • Rose says:

      Haha I saw the cd unit then i saw the desk hutch. I got too excited. Thanks so much. I love your work area. It’s very organized. Love the area where you do the thai techniques too 🙂

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