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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Organize your jewelry with toilet paper rolls

What a mess, huh? If I don’t keep my jewelry out in front of my face, I often forget what I have and wear the same stuff over and over again. But really, digging something out of this tangled mess is too much effort for this lazy girl.

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You know those ceramic egg carton–looking jewelry dividers? This isn’t one. However, I thought toilet paper rolls cut into inch–wide chunks might just give me some organization to my jewels. I was desperate.

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OK, it works. But it’s obviously cardboard. I tried to cover the rolls in paper mache, but it took entirely too long to glue on the strips. Instead, I pulled out all my gross colors of polymer clay and covered each roll. I knew how many I needed since I had test fit them in my tray.

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I am not a huge polymer clay fan. Something about the baked texture gives me the squicks. I usually paint it anyway, so it doesn’t matter what color I use underneath. After baking each ring for about 15 minutes, I base coated each with gesso, followed by a coat of cream colored craft paint, and finished with a satin finish.

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I was going for a porcelain–looking ring, but maybe it looks more like handmade ceramic. Regardless, the rings work to organize my jewelry (and they don’t look like cardboard rolls).

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I’ve actually been wearing my jewelry instead of hiding it away in a cramped jewelry box or in a jumbled pile on my dresser.

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How do you keep your jewelry organized?

Thanks,

Aimee