Cheap and Easy (Drill Bit Storage That Is!)

I was trolling that delightful time sucker Pinterest a few months ago when I saw an awesome bur holder  sold on the Stuller website. It looked like it would hold hundreds of burs and drill bits in a compact space and could sit  right on the top of my jewelry bench.  Did I mention that I wanted one right then and there? I’m not given to impulse purchases, however,  so I tucked it into the back of my mind. Then one trash day, I found a wooden thing with four sides that spins. I think it’s a mug tree and kitchen utensil holder.  I took it home and studied it. Then I realized that it was a drill bit and bur holder  waiting for me to liberate it from its former job as a kitchen caddy.  It now sits proudly atop my jewelry bench enjoying its new role.

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To make the transition from the kitchen to the jewelry bench, I first marked where the holes would go and then I drilled pilot holes with an electric drill and a 1/8 inch drill bit.  Then I went back and drilled the holes at an  angle so the burs and drill buts would slip in and stay put.

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The wood caddy is hollow in the middle (probably meant for spoon storage)  so I took care to drill a number of holes only partially through so the bits without a brush, polisher or wheel on the top would not fall through.   If I want,  I can drill more holes on the top lip for more storage.

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This project was easy and cheap since I found the wooden caddy.   It would probably be easy to make one of these with scrap wood and a lazy susan base.   Unless you can build something yourself,  however, it probably wouldn’t pay to buy an  item similar to the one I used to convert to a drill bit holder.  But keep your eyes open at house sales and flea markets.  And on trash day.

Window Shopping in Rome and Florence

I have never been much of a clothes horse. In fact, I was one of the pioneers of the grunge look years before it hit Seattle and spread across the country. Maybe it’s because clothes shopping was always an ordeal when I was young: never enough time or money, a convenient way for the parents to act out and shopping (and most other things) by committee leaves lots to be desired.

But when I got older and I didn’t have to follow anyone else’s agenda, I discovered the pleasures of window shopping. I can get my fill window shopping without spending a dime (although I sometimes do and that’s OK, too.)

Italian style and fashion has an inscrutable charm. If there is a better place to window shop than Italy (or the Ginza neighborhood in Tokyo) I don’t know where it is. I took the pictures on a recent trip to Italy. I hope you enjoy them.

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Crochet Beads

Have you ever tried crocheting around beads?  It’s lots of fun and not difficult,  The beads below are HUGE,  an inch and a half in diameter.  I bought the wooden base beads from American Wood Supply.    Craft Passion has an excellent tutorial that you can alter to fit the size of your beads.

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If you’re a visual learner, here’s a video that will give you an idea of the process

New Work

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I still have a buzz from Clayathon  and am exploring some new ideas.  Here are some pictures.