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Store little silica bags or tubes from medicine bottles, shoes etc. in with your sterling silver to retard tarnishing.

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When threading a small needle for beading seed beads, the one thing that I find works is to take a small drop of clear fingernail polish and dab it on the end of the thread. Then take your forefinger and thumb removing the excess polish and making a fine point tip on the thread.

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In most bead stores, the beads are strung on strings in rows or hanging on hooks connected to horizontal slat boards. I purchased some of these slat boards from a home improvement store along with the hanging hardware and mounted them onto my wall above my workstation. Now I can hang my beads, just like they are hung in a store. They are highly visible, which is a lifesaver when you are looking for a specific color or shaped bead in a hurry.

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Store all projects in process in gallon Ziploc® zipper bags; include instructions, beads, as well as bead trays with 6 snap off lids for the beads you are working with. Tools (scissors, measuring tape, needles, etc.) go in another Ziploc bag. Drop Ziploc bags into a canvas carrier and you're ready to go!

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You can stain white plastic focals and pendants with a container of just brewed black tea. Let it cool to warm so the plastic doesn't melt and soak it for 2-3 hours.

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If you spill beads, stretch a knee high nylon across the opening of a vacuum hose and secure the nylon with either tape or a rubber band so that there is a little bit hanging loose that will suck up into the vacuum hose end . Then "vacuum" up the beads. Hold the vacuum over a dish when you turn it off and all the beads that were sucked up into the nylon will fall into the dish. Really makes it easy to pick up the beads!

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When following a detailed pattern, you're always looking at the pattern, then looking at your beadwork over and over and can lose your place easily. Try using a magnifier ruler to follow each row of your pattern. Then lay out your beads in a painter's pallet tray, and going from left to right follow the pattern, pick up each bead as the pattern requires and lay it out in a row on your pad. Do several rows this way. Then set your pattern down and peyote those 2 rows up really quickly.

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My mother had an old spice rack that spins. I use it for my clasps and such.

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Take a foot of 20# Fireline®, loop in middle, go through crimp bead, put Powercord® through the loop, then pull back through the crimp bead. Take out Fireline®. Crimp bead.

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Before knotting silk thread, tie 1 end around a doorknob. Thread up over top of door, down under bottom, over top again and tie end to a brick that is just barely above the ground but not touching. Let stretch over night. Use double thickness when knotting.

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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.

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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.

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I use the small plastic cups with peel-off lids, like applesauce cups, to sort beads for projects and to give away when teaching a beading class. A local pizza place puts salad dressing in small clear or opaque cups with clear lids that are great to organize pony beads by color for classes for kids. I use 2x4-inch dense black foam that came from a shipping container and stick my T-pins in the end of the rectangular foam for storage. Then I place my thick paper earring cards on the foam to punch the holes for the earwires without bending the cards. My sister encouraged me to get a small bookcase with several shelves to store my 40 or more 12-compartment storage containers on their sides, labeling each container by color or type of beads in that container.

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For stringing on artificial sinew, I do not cut the end until I am finished, but leave it attached to the large spool. It is an automatic bead keeper, and I never have to worry about the beads falling off.

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When looming beads, a sharp needle tip can split the threads and tangle. Use the needle eye first so you never split your threads. Or try dulling the needle tip by gently filing it so it doesn't do this.

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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.

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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.

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I use SNAPS for quasi-permanent bead keepers. (I needed lots for some project ideas and examples to test/compare) Run beading line up thru a hole, straight across and down thru the opposite hole--then SNAP the other piece on. The snap should be at the very end of the line because, as you can imagine, it will bend/kink it too much to use.

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Mouse in the house helper. Most of you have probably figured this out, but I'm just getting started. My favorite tools are now a large mouse pad with a picture that inspires me when I bead. When I'm more serious, I have an old pad with no fabric cover. I flip it over and work directly off the black neoprene.

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I shop thrifty stores for bargains. Look for jewelry grab bags--they are lots of fun. I found a wire sign holder and use it for a jewelry display--I love it. Be creative and keep on looking. Plus don't forget garage sale time is upon us and keep your eyes open for bargains.
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