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How to Organize Beads



Bead Organization
by Kathy, Valley Stream, NY


I do a lot of bead work and I have a large compartment container that I have them all in. When I am working on a project and I do not want to drag the whole unit with me, I use empty tic-tac containers to transport my seed beads. You can also use the small plastic containers that the kids get from the quarter machines at the supermarket; they work great! Just thought I would pass that along!

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Nov 7, 2013

Hi to all especially Hanpawin: You sound very practical and organized just like me. There is only so much space to be had and so much $ to organize with. I loved your ideas so I thought I'd let you know a few of mine. Latest, I buy clear straight sided Salt & Pepper shakers that just by chance fit into those Keurig and Tassimo coffee pod holders. They usually hold 4 jars on each of 5 sides and spin around easily to the colours and styles of beads. Then I use the flat plastic boxes to hold my huge collection of tiny round clear containers for findings and small beads. If you have the space you can line up the pod holders on a narrow shelf within reach. That works fine but my latest idea is to have stackable MDF file shelves that secretaries use for paper mostly In/Out style. Stack them if you have a few. Mine was in at my pc desk and I got the idea that it would be more useful for beads. I put the jars top side in first so I can see the clear glass bottems of beads. My shelf has 4 shelves and each holds about 10 S&P jars with enough room for another row across the top of the first row. that makes about 75 jars per shelf unit which is good too but more shelf units would work for me. Soon. I also made one of those bead spinner bowls out of a 25 cent slightly deep wooden bowl which my husband attached to one of the coffee pod spinners that had cracked I didn't need anymore. While storing round containers on my desk is very handy for pencils, scissors, tools, etc. and I love having the desk in front of the double window I would prefer that whole wall be a built in but alas that too will come someday. Hope I've sharpened your creativity and idea buttons and ty for your ideas.


Jan 22, 2013

because I do so much beading, small containers don't work for me. I use the old style wooden cigar boxes and have my crystals sorted by colors, also my St Silver finds such as headpins, clasps, etc are also sorted in boxes. when I ran out of those, I purchsed the cheap dollar store pretty boxes and put labels on them. I have an old metal choclate tin for all my tools (after I lined it with felt) and a separate box for all my stringing materials. Makes it so much easier to pull out what I need for each project.


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Jun 7, 2012

Does anyone burn candles? I find the small and large jars work great for storage of smaller items such as beads and when stored on the shelf, give color to my craft room. I burn a lot of candles so I have a lot of things stored in the jars.


Jun 6, 2012

I am also an avid beadworker. I used all the things mentioned here and didn't find any of them satisfactory. Like one of the other commentors said, "you have to be able to see the colors of your beads". I finally searched and searched for a way to store my beads. I bought the stackable drawers, I now have 5 sets; then I decided to purchase coin collectors storage bottles. I went with these little containers because they are clear, the half dollar size holds one hank of beads, and the tops screw on so they won't pop off of the little jars. I store the jars in the plastic drawers when not in use and I put the jars upside down so I can see the colors. I have drawers for size 13 and 15, another for the 11's and another set for the cut beads and yet another set for size 9 three-cut beads. Now I can see my colors and they are easy to transport. I also use the jewelry display trays as a tray to work from. I line the bottoms with a couple of cut to size fleece pieces and on top of this I put a cut to size velux piece. My beads don't roll around on this stuff. My little jars line up along the top edge upside down so I can see the colors good. I also use those little collector spoons to "dish" out a little pile of beads to work from. If I need to transport my work with me I take another cut to size piece of velux and lay it on top of my beads on the tray then fold a hand towel and put that over the velux and finally i put three rubber bands around the tray to hold everything on it. You can get the "jars" on ebay and I purchase a hundred at a time for around $25. The jewelry trays i get from Fire Mountain Beads (.com). I also get some of my velux pieces fro them too, they call them "bead pads". You can also go to a fabric outlet store and find remnants of the velux and cut your own. I store all my extra hanks/packages of seed beads in the plastic shoe boxes according to color family. They stack up nicely on a shelf. i sure hope this helps someone else with their storage problems. I am a Native American beadworker and my speciality is m fully beaded plains style moccasins.


Jun 6, 2012

I use the small containers from KFC. (The side order containers)


Feb 25, 2011

i used the container that the baby food comes in and i have quite a collection of it and it clear and you dont have to worry what color your missing and i also write the color on it to keep track of the one im out of


Feb 20, 2011

I use tiny zip lock bags to store my beads, you save a lot of space. I buy them at Walmart 100 for $1.


Feb 20, 2011

I store all my beads in those small part holders with all the drawers, and they can be hung on the wall. I use a lot of the Plastic Kool-Aid , instant cocoa, plastic baby food, baby juice bottles(plastic) containers to store different items in. Put labels on them an I'm ready to craft.


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