Beads just love to fly all over the room and hide under the bed and the dressers, don’t they? They love to roll onto the hardwood floors so you stab your heel with them while you try to walk to bed in the dark. |
Anyone who’s stepped on one can tell you: it’s not a pretty sight. And anyone with young children can tell you how tempting it really is for toddlers to throw big containers full of beads all over the floor. Goodbye the rest of the afternoon. What are you options? That’s just how beads are, right? Not exactly.
With the right storage options for your beads, you need never suffer bruised heels or crazed toddlers. Here’s a few ideas to get you started, whether you’re an experienced bead collector looking to upgrade, or a brand-newbie just starting out in bead business.
Tackle Box: Bet you never thought of this. Tackle boxes, while designed and normally only used for fishing, rather than as a storage option for beads, actually make excellent bead storage. The box is designed to contain lots of small items like hooks and string, so it’ll have plenty of compartments—rather like a large plastic jewellery box—that you can use to organize not only your beads, but all the other things you’ll need whenever you start to feel the need to bead. Check out your local sporting goods or fishing store for various types and sizes of these boxes. Watch out, though: the containers inside tackle boxes often do not have individual lids, so overturning the tackle box will completely undo any careful organising you’ve done. It’s recommended to keep beads in their original packages, or use plastic bags to keep the beads in, and just use the tackle box as an organiser.
Cereal Box: You may have seen this one at your local elementary school. They’re normally used for storing magazines, but they can also make an excellent bead storage option. Just cut off the top of the box, and a small wedge on the side. This is great for storing papers or invoices, and the cereal box can be repurposed to make small fake wrists where you can display bracelets or anklets you’ve made.
Food Container: If you’re done with your cookie box and you’re looking for new ways to recycle, try using that cookie tray to store different kinds of bead supplies, or to store finished necklaces or bracelets by type or colour. Food containers come in many shapes and sizes, and can be repurposed in all sorts of ways to make them useful as a storage option for beads.
Any one of these storage ideas is perfect for the aspiring DIY beader, or for the newbie beader looking for some interesting new storage options for their beads. But these are by no means the only ways out there to store you beads: experiment with things around your home as organisers, and see what works best for you. Your particular needs, and why you choose to bead in the first place, will largely determine what storage options work best for you.
Jewellery makers need to consider where they will put all their pieces in between projects. This article discusses the various storage options for beads, which are available from Cooksongold and other good suppliers.
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