Q. What basics am I going to need?Space & Work Surface: An area that gives you at least 6 to 8 feet will do for starters. Having a space that includes a blank area of wall would be great.
Maybe you have an old, unused desk that you could relocate to this area. No desk? How about an old wooden door?
Or, two half-size file cabinets. File cabinets give you lots of storage space and provide support for a door or table.
A folding table or hard surface table will also work for your first workspace.
Chair: A good, comfortable chair is a definite must! One with rollers is a plus, and it has to be comfortable because you are going to spend a lot of time sitting in it while working. Take your time and sit in each before making the decision on which is the most comfortable for you.
Flooring: Now if you have carpet on your floor, give some serious thought about obtaining some type of rubber mat to go under your work area. Why? Mainly for protection against loose pieces of wire that somehow always manage to find their way to the floor. Also, you are working with gemstones or cameos and having a mat gives a cushion against damage if you accidentally drop anything.
Lighting: Yes, good lighting is a definite must! Of course natural light is wonderful, but the sun doesn't always cooperate. Overhead fluorescent lighting is fine, if it doesn't put you in your own shadow.
Two of those arm-type lamps, one clamped on each side of your table, will give you plenty of illumination.
You might also want a helping hand with a built in magnifier to assist with your projects.
Optional, work surface on your work surface: A protective mat on your working surface can be invaluable. Now this can be whatever you like; some folks use a folded hand towel, others purchase a 'beaders mat' a One suggestion might be a woven rubber, shelf liner cut the whole width of your working area.
This stuff is great because beads and stones don't bounce around on it, wires don't fly off to the floor and everything stays put. Plus, as it can be cut it to any size desired, or even cut into squares to take with you when I travel to shows.
Storage: You will need some type of storage system to organize and keep all of your supplies.
A suggestion might be a small plastic, roll-away unit with drawers used to store Christmas ornaments. Jump rings and findings are easily kept in plastic organizers within the units' drawers, as well as directions and tools. This type of storage unit is great when you are starting out and only need a few supplies, and it can easily be moved anywhere.
As mentioned above, other people have found storage opportunities by utilizing previously unused furniture like a desk or hutch already in their home. A beader friend uses lots of empty prescription bottles that she has all of us save for her.
Those filing cabinets come in handy! Your wire can be sorted out into hanging file folders and labeled by size and gauge in one cabinet and plastic storage cases full of beads and findings on the other side, in the second cabinet. You can label the pull out drawers as to what is inside them, like cabochons, beads and findings.
Music and/or television: Of course we all have our own different types of 'music to work by'. Whether you have a small, portable CD player/radio combination or an MP3 player, you will probably enjoy being able to go into your own creative zone by listening to your favorite music while you work.
Some people like having a small television too, as they watch instructional DVDs while working on projects that are new to them.