I have some fun little tips for beaders on the go. I've tried darn near every gadget, container and vessel to come up with my faves, so here are a few Kristal Wick's pics:
|I love toolsets. They come in a nice flat zipped-up pouch and travel well. If you have your own set of tools, a small cosmetic or pencil pouch works very well for packing up and toting tools. Holiday tins from the craft stores make great traveling tool organizers too, and you can get them after the holidays pretty inexpensively.|
Bliz Bagz Organizers
|A battery-operated clip-on light is also a must in your travel stash. I bring a couple along, they fold up so small and when I bead with a buddy, we never seem to have enough light!
One of my students gave me the best travel gift on the planet (in my humble opinion). It's a mini silicone measuring cup and my pinch-n-pour savior! Fill it full of beads; use what you need then pinch it slightly to pour beads back into their container when you're done. The silicone cupcake bakers work also. You can find these goodies at kitchen stores. They stack and squish nicely (perfect for your suitcase or purse).
Earrings are great grab-and-go projects. Instead of dragging entire bags of components around, I use trays with compartments. Put the components for a pair of earrings into each compartment, assembly-line style: toss 2 earwires, 2 headpins and beads for 2 earrings into each compartment. Put a lid on the tray or stack another tray on top and fill it up. When you get to your destination you can blast through making these earrings in lightning speed or hand a tray to your BFF and you can both crank out earrings together!
I hope you enjoy some of these ideas for gal pals and guys-on-the-go! Got any travel tips for me? I'd love to hear them!
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