If you have spent any time with me at all, you know I liken us clayers to pirates - we plunder and pillage all other art mediums, garages, estate sales, kitchen - and we are proud to share what clever things we come up with.

I thought I'd share a few of those things that my friends and I have come up...

Pirate Tips and Tricks for Organizing Clay

clay binFirst, a photo of my clay storage:  the first red arrow points to the color and date on the outside of the box.  That way I can practice FIFO (First In/First Out).  The second arrow points to my phone charger - I use my phone to take most of my photos now, so having a charger handy when in the middle of a project is a must.  That bottom arrow points to one of those plastic magnetic clippy things.  I use those as clip on weights to straighten my cording out before I mount a pendant to it. I clip a weight on each end and hang it across the top of the door.  If I take one down, I put another up, so I can be ready to go next time!

[caption id="attachment_33405" align="alignleft" width="277"]water bottles screwed onto a rotating lazy susan water bottles screwed onto a rotating lazy susan[/caption]

The second bit of cleverness comes via Linda Prais - she has plastic water bottles (cut off the top) screwed into a rotating lazy susan for tools storage!

And finally, a third bit of cleverness - I was teaching a small group of my friends my way of doing mokume gane.  One gal didn't wear or want to make jewelry, so she use the Sculpey templates to cut out birds and butterflies and I ran into the kitchen and grabbed some bamboo skewers and we added a drop of TLS and mounted her pieces on the skewers before baking.  Now she has some cute and clever plant pot stakes!

[caption id="attachment_33406" align="alignleft" width="212"]garden stakes made with Souffle, Sculpey template and bamboo skewers garden stakes made with Souffle, Sculpey template and bamboo skewers[/caption]