How to Organize Your Glass

Want to learn how to organize your glass?

They say a messy room is the sign of a crafty person.

At least that is my motto!

So, how do you organize your glass inside your studio?

Artists are creative beings and not usually organized, well at least most aren't.

But, if you want to continue to lose your items, or purchase more of the same item, then just keep being creative and don’t worry about being organized.

I came to the realization that I needed to organize my fusing supplies a few years ago.

Even though I have this realization, I still literally have to force myself to put things back in their place.

It doesn't have to become an obsessive compulsive problem though, just a conscientious effort.

Here are a few things that might help in this attempt to get and keep your things together.

"Altoid containers are a great, air-proof place to store frit,confetti, and the like – Dan"

1. Purchase small containers for your tiny scrap glass pieces. If using clear containers the contents will be obvious. Placing different colors of glass inside each contain will make it easier to find what you are looking for at a glance.

2. Organize you glass by COE's. They can be marked them with different colored dots, or use a sharpie marker to label each piece of glass. Place each different COE glass in different places in your area. Keep them in completely different areas so that they are separate, and you will avoid mixing up the pieces.

3. Purchase a glass organizer or use a metal or plastic file holder to organize your larger pieces. These flat holders with the dividers make fantastic glass organizers.

4. Various COE's of glass should be separated in your studio. Try designating one area for each COE and label them so that they don't accidentally get mixed together.

5. Purchase and collect zip lock bags. These are handy for collecting glass frit or powder. When using the glass saw, empty out the water and collect the powder that remains in the bottom of the saw. These bags are also great to keep tiny finished pieces of fused glass inside.

Although it takes some effort to organize your glass, it is well worth the effort in the long run.

It is so rewarding to be able to put your hands on your pieces without much effort.

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