Sunday, November 16, 2008

Storing and keeping beads handy











I keep my beads in these little tins (and they are very little - keep maybe a teaspoon). I got them at Shipwreckbeads.com and they are called "Aluminum Box With 54 Mini Boxes And Lids". They have really gone up in price since I got them. I bought a set of 5 boxes (cause they were about $7.00 a piece this way) and planned to share them with others because who would ever need storage for 270 types of beads, right?! Before I could share them they were full! When I'm working on a project I move the color beads I need to the narrow white tray (got it from pampered chef-the line is called Simple Additions) and this keeps them handy for use (love these for use in my sewing room). I bought them for the kitchen and they gravitated to my sewing room. I even bought a second set at a garage sale. I saw some on ebay, here's one: http://cgi.ebay.com/Pampered-chef-simple-additions-3-piece-set-MG_W0QQitemZ110311091132QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item110311091132&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318 I don't think Pampered Chef sells them anymore. I like the mini boxes because they are small and lightweight (made from aluminum) and I can put them back in their original box to carry them making them very portable. It lets you see all the colors you have available fairly easily. I think they would be better if they were screw on lids - I frequently dump a single container over when I foget to put it back in the case or tray. Because I have fat fingers, I find it difficult to get a minibox out of the case, especially the first one. I guess I could leave one minibox out of the box to solve this problem, but apparently it doesn't bother me that much! I often don't have enough room for all the beads that I have for a particular color and so keep leftovers that don't fit in the mini boxes in tiny plastic baggies (also available at Shipwreck beads) and refill when necessary.

4 comments:

Rengin Yazitas said...

I really admired your well organized beads.
I use "bead organizers" and small shampoo bottles that I collect them from hotels where we stay during our holidays!!! They are also so handy and free:))
Best wishes from Istanbul,
Rengin

Rengin Yazitas said...

I really admired your well organized beads.
I use "bead organizers" and small shampoo bottles that I collect them from hotels where we stay during our holidays!!! They are also so handy and free:))
Best wishes from Istanbul,
Rengin

Dave Robertson said...

Hi Connie, nice ideas for bead storage! Once you get addicted enough to beads, you're gonna need some way to keep them from taking over... :-)

--Dave
at Rings & Things

cq4fun said...

I laughed when I read the line about before you could share the boxes they were full of beads. LOL! Yeah, they can take over that way. =) And no matter how many you have, you sometimes cannot find just the *perfect* shade of a color.