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In response to an answer on ''Ask the Experts'' for the person whose hand gets tired. There are also fingerless gloves which can help hand circulation, especially for people with arthritis. I believe in stores these gloves are called Ergonomic gloves.

- Anonymous


I have a suggestion to make wire loops more even. I slip a cone (item H20-2256FN) over one side of my round-nose pliers (it fits perfectly). I mark the cone with my wire cutters, then I make all my loops at that mark. It works well. Maybe you can make a cone set with markings on it. I don't think anyone suggested this before.

- Hazel


To make a simple inexpensive earring display, use a wire trash can. Turn it upside down and place it on a Lazy Susan. It's great for displaying earrings and turns easily for selection.

- Kristina


Making a Tool Holder: Go to a Dollar Store® and get 2 octagon picnic tables for plants, a bag of 1-foot dowels, and upholstery tacks.

Take off all legs from the octagons. Stand octagons on edge. Place one tack on each lower corner for stability, one up one side of the octagon to hold the tool handles, and one at the top to place the tool on. Total of 5 tacks on each octagon.

Assemble using the dowels between the octagons and the tacks to secure. So you have on-edge octagon, dowel, on-edge octagon.

Now you have a 1-food tool holder for less than $5 and the 6 - 8-inch ones for sale online are $10+. Tools are light and don't require using maple, pine, or other strong woods.

I used 2-sided sticky foam to attach a small plastic glass to the side of mine to hold fingernail files, markers, tweezers, etc.

- Lynne


When threading needles, instead of bringing the thread to the needle, hold the very tip of the thread between thumb and forefinger and lower the eye of the needle onto the thread. I find this technique much less frustrating.

- Denise


I use the plastic boxes that business cards come in to store and they stack well.

- Janis


A great item to use to display or store your hook style earrings is the plastic mesh used by crafters. It can stand alone in a plate holder and they come in many colors.

- Marla


I use a pair of magnets to hold the ends of projects. It works great, and is portable too!

- Paula


The Bead Buddies® with the plastic grips--I found that the slick plastic was hard to hold onto even with the little bumps on them. So I used a nail file and filed off the bumps and glued on VELCRO®, cut to size.

- Sydney


Take a travel size Tylenol® bottle and use it to store your needles in. You can also make it pretty by doing peyote stitch around it.

- Betty


To display earrings to sell; take a picture frame (any size) without backing or glass. Cut 3 pieces of coated wire or just wire and attach across frame in back--wide enough apart to hang 3 rows of earrings. We put earrings on the little black cards with holes you can buy--they hang beautifully over the wire and look great.

- Denise


Left over or unique one-of-a-kind beads are right at home when used as charms on a chain bracelet. The best part is many can be found at thrift shops or yard sales. But by far, my favorite spot is my local flea market. You can also use earrings.

- Latrice


Loop-closing pliers work great on closing the stardust crimp covers!

- Beth


Lost a button? Have a shirt that reveals a little too much but safety pins look weird or are too hard to pin?

Use any flat-back crystal, pearl or focal bead with a tie tac finding! Now you have an easy to place, stylish "button" anytime you need it!

- Karen


I use cake pans (9x13 or 8x8) to put my beads in while I'm beading. I line them with felt or tea towels to keep the beads from rolling around. You can scrunch up the towel into sections to keep bead groups separate.

- Joan


Use nuts and bolts hardware storage boxes - the kind with drawers - to store finished goods ready for sale. Put a removable label with your inventory number on each drawer. File pieces alphanumerically. No more frustrated searches for an item when you have sold it on the web!

- Mary


When designing a necklace, I hold a few beads aside for matching or coordinating earrings. No more using up all the beads in the necklace with nothing left to make earrings!

- Mary


I use baby food jars to put my beads and other small things in. I remove the labels and glue from the jars. You can place the jars on a shelf, I stack one on the other, very easy to see what's in the jars. This works great for me, hope it works for you too.

- Debra


I use old screw and nail containers to organize all my findings. I also buy small clear plastic containers from the Dollar Store® to organize my beads and wire and other small things. For my assortment of feathers I use an old science fair board to tape the plastic bags onto, so they are displayed nicely and easy to reach.

- Kathleen


When doing mass production of earrings (i.e., 24 pairs for a cheerleading squad), I put all the beads on each headpin and line then up "assembly line" style. I place a rubber earnut to hold the beads in place until I go back to form the loop and attach it to the earwire. There is no reason you couldn't do this for any pair you're making; doesn't have to be for a large number. I find them easier to use than beadclips.

- Karen

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