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What's in My Studio: Tools Every Clay Artist Needs

If you're reading this, you are either just beginning your clay journey or are considering starting to play around with clay and jewelry-making. Congrats! Clay is a wonderful medium, and working with your hands is incredibly rewarding. I wanted to put together a couple of my favorite work pieces to help give you a short "shopping list" as you get going.

Let's get this party started!

#1 - A Glass or Marble Tile

This glass tile is absolutely perfect for clay work. It is easy to clean and the surface is very stable, a must when cutting out your earring shapes. I used this glass one for a long time and loved it!

I now use a slab of marble, which has a silky surface that is less sticky than glass, so clay is even less likely to get left behind on it. Pro tip: a marble cheese board or serving tray is often easier to find than a true piece of tile (and it already has a backing to protect your work station).

I found my marble tile at Bed. Bath & Beyond but you can find them at places like TJ Maxx and Marshall's/

#2 - Jewelry Pliers Pack

These are lifesavers! I do not do a ton of work cutting metal chains but these are have sharp chain-cutters close to the handle. It makes assembly so much easier!

Pro tip: You can also use your marble tile as a photo prop!

#3 - Jump Ring Opener

The days of using two pairs of pliers to open a jump ring - or even worse, using a fingernail *shudder* - are over! The jump ring openers are a life AND time-saver for the maker on the go.

#4 - Portable Light Box

This light box is how I take photos on dreary, cloudy days! It helps make all your photos consistent when you are working with limited daylight.

#5 - Stainless Steel Rolling Pin

Acrylic rollers are awesome, but after using a stainless steel roller, I can't go back! The stainless steel roller helps to eliminate the lines left behind on the clay from your pasta machine, too.

Hope this helps you on your clay journey!

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