Tammy Honaman has a great article on how to Organize Your Seed Beads which tend to be the most challenging type of bead to organize, as well as gives us an inside look into how she reorganized her studio and beads in the "Big Cleanup." But there are so many other types of beads and mixed media items to be organized and stored in my studio since I’m a "mixed-media" artist (that label justifies keeping everything) I seem to need to go even further!
I'm a huge fan of everything by Plano® Creative Options™. I don't know if it's their cute factor or total functionality that first got me, but I'm hooked. I love to use the bead tower for traveling, trade shows, teaching and demos.
Color AND Size
It seems as though no matter how many little containers I own, I find myself still searching for that Holy Grail of perfect organizational solutions. As I continue to find solutions for my stash, I’ll share. What have you tried? What do you prefer?
|We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the article "Do You Organize by Color, Size or Shape?," as featured in an email newsletter. Please keep in mind that the comments expressed below are those of our customers and do not reflect the views of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.|
"This is a suggestion, not a question, on Kristal Wicks article concerning storage. She asked what we did about the subject. I have bought many commercial containers, but I also use empty med. bottles--prescription and OTC. I use my large fish oil bottles down to the 24 tablet aspirin bottles. I keep these bottles in a cardboard box--with the lid flaps taken off for easier access. I use labels on these bottles because they are not clear for easy viewing."
"My favorite way to Organize My Beads is buying the organizing draws for nuts and bolts at Home Depot® they are great for the bigger beads I also love fishing boxes because of all the boxes for keeping everything separated I also like the other beads boxes that have lots of spaces in them. Thanks for the organization tips."
"Great article on organizing from Kristal. I always enjoy her articles, and would love to see more of them!"
"Good article since I am using most of what is suggested already. However, there is one thing that the organization does not speak of is wire. I do a lot of jewelry with wire and as of now they are in 3 plastic shoe containers. I have another box that holds all my stringing material, etc. In addition, I have picked up polymer clay for canes and bead confection and am presently trying to organize my unbaked canes, my unopened and my open clays and tools. So far, the clays are in a glass container with airlock seal cover since I have no idea in what kind of plastic container to put them in or what type of paper to wrap my open clays. Any suggestion?"
"I just read your article on organization. I'm relieved to know I'm not the only one constantly re-organizing. One thing I found helpful was to install pegboard on one wall in my design area. I hang as much as I can on the pegs be it strings of beads. stringing material. I find it helpful to see what I have when I'm figuring out my "creations." I figured if it works in the store, why not in my studio?"
"Loved this article!!!! Did not know Plano had these great storage containers and that Fire Mountain Gems had them for sale. I had to make a travel system for myself to carry on a flight to go in my purse and I used a small Plano one compartment waterproof container (3440) for my supplies. I found it in the fishing department at Walmart. I cut a bead mat to fit and velcroed a piece of Rubbermaid® shelf liner to the back of it to the dimension of the recessed lid. Several tubes of beads, my needles, thread conditioner and a bead scooper fit inside the main compartment very well. I used a dental floss container to hold my FireLine® and to cut it. This kit went through security and I was able to bead during my flights and layovers. I also had a portable OttLight® that was no bigger than a ladies compact that I packed separately. Always learn something from your articles!!"
"Hi! I was so satisfied after reading the article! I, too, have a variety of beads and was pleased that I'm like the author of the article. Not because of my beading success, but because of the ability to organize my beads in a way akin to hers! I thought there was something wrong with how I organized my stash of beads, but I feel MUCH better now! I'm a rookie in the craft, so I was interested in reading the article. I enjoyed reading it; thought it was well written and appealing. Thanks for addressing the issue and giving me some more info. (and examples) that I hadn't thought of till now. Keep up the good work! Nothing is too simple when a person such as myself is just starting out. Sincerely,"
"I have used many different methods of storage, my very favorite is the Lock and Lock. Mostly sold for kitchen storage. I also have several metal or plastic cases that have up to 60 drawers per case. They can be wall hung if table top space is limited. I have them designated for different types of supplies, i.e. one holds shell/coral/mother of pearl, etc. Another holds assorted findings separated by material type, copper/brass,etc. My beads are stored in the Plano boxes and then in an office paper sorter/storage case. It has 24 openings that the boxes fit perfectly! I separate the beads by type and label the ends as to which, so I can see them at a glance. I will have to purchase another one of the sorter/storage cases, soon as a place to store all the new beads that I want to purchase. One way I use the Lock and Lock is for different projects ... Just gather all the components from all the various storage containers and label it and they sit on my beading desk top shelf, until I get to work on them, knowing that all that is needed is in the box and I know I can work without having to look for a particular finding, etc. I have two old computer desks in my studio as well as a jewelers bench. The beading bench is a double wide size and has a shelf above as well as two shelves below and to the right. It was purchased many years ago when computers were much larger. I am so happy with my studio, though not large it does contain most of my mixed media treasures. Thanks for sharing your ideas,"
"I just read the article by Kristal Wick about organizing your beads. A friend suggested that I use an under-the-bed shoe organizer. It's fabulous. I put my beads into small Ziploc bags and then put the bags into compartments by color. Thank you for your amazing products and resources."
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