If you teach already, you know what I mean. If teaching is something you aspire to, you’ll find out very quickly that you always need the one thing you don’t have. So, your tools and supplies just keep growing and expanding. One of the big challenges of schlepping all this stuff around is in keeping it organized. Through the years I’ve tried lots of different approaches. While I still have room for improvement, my system seems to work most of the time. I have designated plastic containers for each major category: PMC, beading, and metalsmithing. Then I break it down even further with separate containers for each skill, each individually labeled. For example:
- Supplies – PMC clay, syringe, sheet, and paste.
- Basic Tools – Students are required to purchase their own tool kit but I keep extras of all the basics in case someone has forgotten something.
- Texture – Including lace, fiber, organics, rubber stamps, molds, etc.
- Ring Making - Mandrels, ring sizers, tape, freezer paper, etc.
- Sheet – Paper punches, scalloped and decorative edging scissors.
- Miscellaneous– Sales book, calculator, class handouts, pens, etc.
- Specialty Tools and Supplies – Hole punch for fired silver, drills, mold making compound, Indian ink, patina, fine silver wire, bezel cups, chains, insertable bails and jump rings, slumping, forming, shaping and carving tools, cores for hollow form beads, polishing clothes, and the like.
- Gemstones – Assorted sizes, colors, etc., separated by those that may and may not be fired in the kiln.
- Burnishing Compound for Tumbler - I even take “special” water for the tumbler.
- Project samples and instructions.
- Assorted Hand Tools – Files, hammers, assorted pliers, millimeter index, small anvil or metal block, bezel pusher, metal saw, etc.
- Torch – Solder, solder pick, pickle, copper tongs. o Sterling wire and fine silver bezel wire in assorted sizes.
- Epoxy/chemical fixature o Jeweler’s investment.
- An Assortment of Findings: Headpins, jump rings in various sizes, clasps and toggles, ear wires and posts, pin backs, etc.
- Beading Wire, i.e., Beadalon or Acculon in various weights.
- Beads – Spacer, accent and focal beads in glass, gold, silver, natural gemstone, etc., in numerous sizes.
by Linda Kline
Dir. of Education
Dir. of Education