65: Stud Earring Storage

The box, sans shipping information.

The box, sans shipping information.

In preparation for an upcoming show, Jennifer asked me to prepare for her another storage box for her carded laser-cut stud earrings. We tend to recycle packaging when we can, so our previous storage for carded studs was made out of a repurposed business card shipping box.  It was a great size, but the dividers we used were just thin cardstock packaging from some forgotten product.  The spacing between dividers was guesstimated, and over time, the flimsy dividers have bent, resulting in a less-than-stellar stud box that still gets the job done.

This old example is falling apart.  Time for some sturdier material!

This old example is falling apart. Time for some sturdier material!

I used some cardboard packaging from acrylic blank deliveries to cut out some dividers. They were spaced evenly and set in place using an 8″ notched cardboard spacer in the back, meant to fit tightly to the box’s inner width. A second spacer in the front was used to keep loose product from getting in the way of the lid flap. In the half-width business card box (compared to the size of the previous example shown) there was only room for four compartments for studs, so the extra space is used to hold some of the more one-of-a-kind studs.

Cutting in progress!

Cutting in progress!

This might look great, but it's slightly too tall.

This might look great, but it’s slightly too tall.

The first attempt fit perfectly in length and width, and fit snugly inside the box, meaning that no adhesive was required. Unfortunately, I measured the height wrong, so the lid wouldn’t close! A second cut remedied this issue, and we now have a nice half-length stud jewelry storage box to keep some of Jennifer’s more curious offerings, particularly her brushed silver designs like the cupcake stud earrings and the silver lining stud earrings.

The final design fits snugly inside.

The final design fits snugly inside.

A little extra space is left on the end for miscellaneous OOAK studs.

A little extra space is left on the end for miscellaneous OOAK studs.

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