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    Default How do you store your metals?

    I have silver stock in wires, tubes, and sheets. Tubes and sheets are not a problem, but wires are a pain because I keep all different sizes and shapes in original plastic bags with tags on it at one box. Checking all of those packages all the time to find the right one is a pain. I need better solution.

    How do you keep your metal stock in the studio for the fast access?
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    Can't answer your question as I am in the same boat as you for organising my wire - waiting to hear what other people say too.
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    My purchased wire I keep bagged in an expanding file. Each size in its own partition, labelled.

    Slightly less useful with short lengths I've drawn - they tend to slip under the partitions.

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    I'm not alone
    Peter, files are interesting idea, thanks.
    As for short lengths, I don't have that problem yet, but will soon
    Another problem will small finding, finished and unfinished. It will save so much time (I guess) when making components ones for certain "collection line", then to have them ready for assembling.

    PS. I just took a look at plastic CD covers. Need to try...
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    I hang mine on the wall on hooks with a sticker on the wall saying the size. Easy for me though as I work in a wooden construction.

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    I took old CD covers (not slim ones), took apart and removed inside disc holder part. It would be an ideal to leave it for wire, but in our humid climate I need to keep wires in plastic bag in addition to the box. For gold wire it would be easier.

    Only big gauge like 12g did not fit. The rest goes just well. Need to finish wire library print the labels on the side and put on the shelf. Problem solved!
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    I write the size on the edge of a piece of masking tape in fine permanent marker, snip the tape off and then double it over one end of the wire so it sticks to itself and the wire. Use the wire up from the other side so the label stays on until the bitter end.

    Usually then just pop it back in the plastic bag it came in.

    Susie

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    Hm, decisions to make now. I think I have both a spare file holder and some cd cases - think I'll play around with them both. Thanks for the suggestions.
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    Goodness you lot are organised.

    I just have a drawer for wire (in bags by size with big sharpie writing to identify) and a drawer for sheet and tube. And a very small drawer for gold.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by susieq View Post
    I write the size on the edge of a piece of masking tape in fine permanent marker, snip the tape off and then double it over one end of the wire so it sticks to itself and the wire. Use the wire up from the other side so the label stays on until the bitter end.
    Susie, I keep forgetting to do that, and yesterday I needed to measure thin gauge wires because I misplaced them in the wrong packages. Thanks for reminding.
    Lana.

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