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27/10/2014

Tips on Storing Beads and Beading Accessories


Thanks to a growing popularity in jewellery making and beadwork, more people are discovering the rich variety of beads available from all over the world. From the tiniest 'seed beads' through to larger, more ornate versions, beads come in a huge selection of types and sizes. But storing them safely in a way that is easy to access and prevents them from becoming lost can be tricky. So how can you bring a little organisation into your jewellery storage and bead collection?

Bead storage boxes

The simplest way to safely store your beads is by using storage boxes that are specifically designed to house loose beads. The cheapest alternative for someone just starting out on their beading hobby is to pop down to the local fishing tackle shop and buy a couple of boxes designed to house fishing flies. These plastic boxes have compartments that are perfectly suited for keeping a selection of beads separate from one another - particularly useful if you don't want to spend hours sorting out one colour from another!

However, specially designed bead storage boxes are perhaps a better option, as they have been created with the beading enthusiast in mind. These organisers are made up of different sized compartments and drawers, allowing larger beads to be housed in more appropriately sized sections. They also come with scoops and tweezers, making handling small beads in particular much easier.

Seed beads normally come in their own plastic tubes, which can be re-used once the beads have been incorporated into jewellery. These are perfect for storing small beads safely and securely and can even be bought wholesale if you have a lot of beads to sort out and store. Small plastic 'snap-bags' that have a top that can be re-sealed are also ideal for sorting out a bead collection, allowing you to instantly see what is in each bag and even labelling individual bags that contain specific beads.

Don't forget your other equipment

Specially designed bead cases have the advantage in that they have an acid-free, sticky surface upon which loose beads can be placed without rolling away. This gives you the opportunity to design a beading pattern before threading, saving time during the design stage. Some of these even have magnets attached to hold your needle, meaning no more hunting around carefully for a lost needle on the floor. These additional features make bead cases ideal for use both at home and when travelling.

The most important thing to consider when picking out the best jewellery storage is what you want to achieve. If you are a serious bead fanatic, you may be looking for a system that allows you to instantly see what you have in front of you and select the appropriate bead quickly and easily. But don't forget that you also need to consider how you want to store your beading equipment. Bead looms take up a lot of space, so a large fishing tackle box with a spacious area underneath concertina-type drawers will be ideal. Small items such as needles and pins need to be stored safely, and valuable tools also need their own storage space. Whatever your requirements, there are plenty of options available that will suit almost any budget, allowing you to keep your beads safe, free from damage and easily accessible.

Thanks to a growing popularity in jewellery making and beadwork, more people are discovering the rich variety of beads available from all over the world. From the tiniest 'seed beads' through to larger, more ornate versions, beads come in a huge selection of types and sizes. But storing them safely in a way that is easy to access and prevents them from becoming lost can be tricky. So how can you bring a little organisation into your jewellery storage and bead collection?

Bead storage boxes

The simplest way to safely store your beads is by using storage boxes that are specifically designed to house loose beads. The cheapest alternative for someone just starting out on their beading hobby is to pop down to the local fishing tackle shop and buy a couple of boxes designed to house fishing flies. These plastic boxes have compartments that are perfectly suited for keeping a selection of beads separate from one another - particularly useful if you don't want to spend hours sorting out one colour from another!

However, specially designed bead storage boxes are perhaps a better option, as they have been created with the beading enthusiast in mind. These organisers are made up of different sized compartments and drawers, allowing larger beads to be housed in more appropriately sized sections. They also come with scoops and tweezers, making handling small beads in particular much easier.

Seed beads normally come in their own plastic tubes, which can be re-used once the beads have been incorporated into jewellery. These are perfect for storing small beads safely and securely and can even be bought wholesale if you have a lot of beads to sort out and store. Small plastic 'snap-bags' that have a top that can be re-sealed are also ideal for sorting out a bead collection, allowing you to instantly see what is in each bag and even labelling individual bags that contain specific beads.

Don't forget your other equipment

Specially designed bead cases have the advantage in that they have an acid-free, sticky surface upon which loose beads can be placed without rolling away. This gives you the opportunity to design a beading pattern before threading, saving time during the design stage. Some of these even have magnets attached to hold your needle, meaning no more hunting around carefully for a lost needle on the floor. These additional features make bead cases ideal for use both at home and when travelling.

The most important thing to consider when picking out the best jewellery storage is what you want to achieve. If you are a serious bead fanatic, you may be looking for a system that allows you to instantly see what you have in front of you and select the appropriate bead quickly and easily. But don't forget that you also need to consider how you want to store your beading equipment. Bead looms take up a lot of space, so a large fishing tackle box with a spacious area underneath concertina-type drawers will be ideal. Small items such as needles and pins need to be stored safely, and valuable tools also need their own storage space. Whatever your requirements, there are plenty of options available that will suit almost any budget, allowing you to keep your beads safe, free from damage and easily accessible.

 


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