How do you organize your beads?
I had been on the hunt for the perfect way to store and display my beads since I was a teenager and then, I picked up this massive frame and had the idea to turn it into a cork board. I then sorted all of my beads into little plastic bags and pinned them in rows by colour. It makes it soooooo easy to find the ones I need.
The only issue is... my bead collection doubled last weekend, so now I need to find smarter ways to store different types of beads like seed beads and big beads. One idea I have is to string all of the big beads on to fishing wire and hang them somewhere. I also have a cool idea for seed beads, but I'll make a how-to for that soon...
Oooh, that's much prettier than my storage method! I actually bought one of those portable storage containers intended for photos, and I use that. It's a clear plastic case with a handle, and there's a bunch of smaller containers inside that you can take out. I sorted the beads based on how I use them when I'm making something. (So beads for more "natural" pieces, like stones and sea glass, go together, and things for "dressy" pieces, like pearls and fused glass, etc.) That way I can just grab one container out at a time and have everything I need on hand. Not as nice to look at, but it's handy when I want to bring all of my supplies with me to craft shows so I can work when it's slow. I'm actually thinking I need to buy a second one to store the finished pieces better for transport to & from shows.
i dont have beads anymore, gave the lot to my sister
Thats really pretti and organized. I need something like that ass well. Im a terrible organizer
When in doubt, organize by the rainbow I say!
@AlterEgoDesigns - I used to have carriers like that but then my collection got too big. It was handy being able to carry them around!
I was getting to that point myself, but I've been working really hard at thinning out my stash lately. I had so many that I bought just because they were pretty, but just really never fit with anything I make. I have to do another round soon, but I'm putting it off for now. As long as I can still get the containers closed, I don't have too many!
My friend just shared her bead spice rack, fantastic idea.
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