Playing “I Spy” in Jen’s studio…

I thought it would be fun to show you some pictures of my studio. It used to be a whole room until I had children. Now the “studio” is just an immense desk with shelves above and drawers below. These are pictures taken of the table top on March 26, 2011.

After I took these pictures, I realized that my work space looks a lot like those I Spy kind of PC games such as the “Mystery Case Files” Ravenhurst or Madam Fate. This is not by design, it’s just the way I work. But it could explain why I enjoyed those games so much.

The picture below shows you what I see to my left, when I’m sitting at my work space. On the far left, just out of view, are spools of wire and a postal scale. In the picture itself are several pendants, magnets, clock parts, and other materials. In the top left corner you can see some of my little “shrine” of creativity, with crystal balls, a steampunk clock, gargoyle and other bits which are not used for jewelry but which make me feel happy.

Below is a closeup of the “Resin Staging Area” shown at the bottom of the above pic. This is the area of my work space where I lay out all of the items which will require resin. You can also see several pendants and other things that are in progress.

And in the middle of the work space, we have my bottles of chain, tools, assorted bits, and a lovely picture from Bioshock 2…

Below you can see my trusty pliers, which were made in Germany and have been used to make jewelry for the past 10 years. I love the feel of them in my hand. And to the left is my little jeweler’s anvil. The ugly green pad muffles the sound and keeps everything from bouncing all around when I’m beating the dickens out of things like broken clocks or metal disks. You can also see the tape measure I have along the edge of the table. This is really handy.

Here’s a view of my bounty of gears, after taking apart some broken clocks from the flea market. The gears range in size up to about 1-1/2 inches across. Aren’t they gorgeous? I haven’t decided what I want to do with them. They would make wonderful pendants, just by themselves. I don’t want to get stupid and start gluing Swarovski crystals or an octopus to them. I might just keep them to use if I ever get around to making a steampunk costume. I don’t know.

Here’s the right side of this space, not very exciting, but included for the sake of completion. Because I’m right-handed, I tend to keep things such as tools and cords on this side. There are trays of filigree and bezels stacked up there, some pictures from REPO!, and a can of bronze spray paint which I am going to use to steampunk mod a toy fortune-telling machine I bought at Target. I am taking pictures of that project as I go, and I will post that when it’s finished. Part of the problem with doing assemblage art, and not having a lot of free time, is that some of my projects drag on and on for months or even years, while I am trying to find, or design, all of the pieces.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed it. Cheers.

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