PDA

View Full Version : Jewelry makers, do you have a lap desk?


springdream
04-17-2004, 09:22 PM
I'm having a hard time finding one and I realized that it would be a great help to me to have. If you have one that works well for jewelry making so your beads don't roll off, you have enough room to put your tools down too (I have 3 majors that I use) can you please tell me where you found it. I was thinking of making one, but I'm not sure that I'd been creative enough to do so.

TIA!

DonnaBee
04-17-2004, 10:09 PM
I would love to have one as well. To me, the perfect one would be cushioned under it with something adjustable, like a bean bag fill?

springdream
04-17-2004, 10:11 PM
Exactly! That's what I was hoping to find :) I used to have one when I was a kid, but I don't remember where I found it, the top was slick and stuff would roll off anyway, so I'd have to "modify" it anyway.

DonnaBee
04-17-2004, 10:38 PM
I did a search on ebay of "lap desk" and here is one that came up:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=20497&item=2395568467&rd=1

I also noticed that they are making comfortable lap desks for use with laptop computors.

Also, antique writing desks look good, because the top flips up and you can have stuff in the compartment. (These don't seem to have the underneath cushion though, and I would want that.)

Also, I would like one a little bigger I think.

DonnaBee
04-17-2004, 10:42 PM
Here is a search for "lap desk"

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?cgiurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2F&krd=1&from=R8&MfcISAPICommand=GetResult&ht=1&SortProperty=MetaEndSort&query=lap+desk

My ideal lap desk for beading would be large, with the storage compartment, and with the bean fill cushion. And some sort of ledge on top edges (at least the bottom edge.

I would just put my bead board on the top.

DonnaBee
04-17-2004, 10:42 PM
Yes, I have been wanting one! lol :D

springdream
04-17-2004, 10:43 PM
I saw that one too. I think I was looking for a mix between that one and this one here:

http://www.blessedbeads.com/LappTopper.htm

I think I might just have to make my own. I've been searching online for an hour now and I'm really not finding what I'm picturing. I like that this one has an interesting pad thing on top that looks like it would work well for not having your beads all over the place. That drives me bonkers.

springdream
04-17-2004, 10:46 PM
I know this one wouldn't be ideal for beading, but look how cool!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2238932489&category=969&sspagename=STRK%3AMEBWA%3AIT&rd=1

TheBlueBetween
04-17-2004, 11:03 PM
I have one of those breakfast in bed trays lined with some fleecy material and it works great. Padded underneath would be great, but until you mentioned it, I hadn't thought of the need. It would be an extra.

DonnaBee
04-17-2004, 11:19 PM
I never saw that one from Blessed Beads before, I would like that one!

ringslingin
04-17-2004, 11:32 PM
Michaels has them, its' basically like a beadsmith board tacked on the lap desk, but with a drawer inside to store your stuff.

I think they are in the 10-20 dollar range. I can't get Michaels.com to come up, I tried!

If yall can't shop online, let me know, I can pick one up for you (I live at Michaels). :)

Denise

DonnaBee
04-18-2004, 12:08 AM
I found it Denise!

http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=bd0036&channelid=

Thanks for this tip, I will have a look at them at my Michael's. I didn't know anyone even made these!

ringslingin
04-18-2004, 01:19 AM
I found it Denise!

http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=bd0036&channelid=

Thanks for this tip, I will have a look at them at my Michael's. I didn't know anyone even made these!


Yes you did! Sorry I couldn't find it for you, the site was down. That's the thingamajig I saw. I'd get one myself, but my cats like to catopolt (sp?) into my lap...disaster waiting to happen!

Denise

P.S. did you see where the description said "Use For....Snacking"? I'd kill someone! Snacking over my beads, are you? OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!

!ngridh
04-18-2004, 02:40 AM
I know Shipwreck has them.

farkel
04-18-2004, 06:48 AM
I like having a tray while I watch t.v. and bead. Right now I'm using the old "cookie sheets/dinner trays and tea towels" standby. The only reason the cookie sheets are my choice right now is that I usually have more than one project going at once (no ADD or OCD at my house) and I can leave everything on the tray and switch when I want to. I just stack them up out of the way when not in use. My husband found some inexpensive fiberglass dinner trays at the dollar store, ok but not as large as my cookie sheets. I put them on my lap with a soft pillow for height. I'd love to have a really nice lap tray but I'd need more than one: peyote, jewelry, bead cleaning and etc......

Have a great Sunday morning ;)
Fran

debkauz
04-18-2004, 09:52 AM
Oh, man. A friend just sent me a link to a site that had them on sale for 19.95. I will go back and see if I can find it. It looked great!

Deb

Charlee
04-18-2004, 10:31 AM
I've always found the lap desks to be too small. Probably because I'm used to doing the big tray on a pillow thing, like Fran (I think?). I keep most of my beads & such in wee baggies in flat fishing tackle boxes, like this (http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/descpage-S360.html), so I tote one along to the living room or, more often, take the beads I'm using out of the box and plop the bags on the tray. That's if I'm just stringing something I've already worked out the design on. There was a buy recently on these (http://beaddancing.com/Blanket.html) in one of my bulk buy groups. I thought they were cool, tho I didn't order one.

Charlee

springdream
04-18-2004, 11:05 AM
I might have to take a look at that one at Michael's. Ive never used one of those tray things, I just let things come to me and hope it fits into a necklace :p

I have the storage all hooked up already. I'm a storage freak. I have 3 big tackle boxes. I was just saying to a friend that I love this last storage box that I got at Walmart. It looks just about like this one:

beclectic
04-18-2004, 11:15 AM
<snip> There was a buy recently on these (http://beaddancing.com/Blanket.html) in one of my bulk buy groups. I thought they were cool, tho I didn't order one.

Charlee

I really like those. I could use a couple of the large ones. I'm sorry I missed out on the bulk buy. :crying:

I keep most of my finished jewelry (necklaces & bracelets) in rolls, the kind with the snap loop. It is a very economical and easy to transport way of storing and it doesn't take up much room.

DonnaBee
04-18-2004, 02:07 PM
I know Shipwreck has them.

Hey thanks Ingrid! I am off to see if they are in my catalog!

P.S. did you see where the description said "Use For....Snacking"? I'd kill someone! Snacking over my beads, are you? OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!

Denise, lol, yes I did see that.

I just realized I have a new ideal regarding all this. I want three. Because I usually have about three projects going at once. I would like to have three, with three bead boards, set up at all times, then I could pick which I felt like working on, and take it to where I feel like sitting. (Couch, outside, bed even.) That's my ideal! :)

sassybird
04-18-2004, 02:26 PM
I use a bed tray that has solid sides. There is plenty of room to lay my tools, and with a bit of velcro I can put down little boxes to hold accent beads and such too. You can find these at second hand stores for a few dollars sometimes. They make a great work surface. I sit on the couch with one that fits nicely over my legs and stand just above my lap.

MadameKali
04-19-2004, 09:18 PM
a bead tray/lap desk/ etc would be nice, but I think I would just need something simple. I don't mind to have my beads in little baggies, and my links in a super-coo' little thing that Denise sent me, but when a maille piece starts getting long, it's nice to have something to rest it on so that it doesn't get heavy.

I have seen the cushiony kind at bookstores, actually. We had them all the time at Books A Million. The tops were covered in fabric, too.