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Being "over" 70 years of age and having arthritis, I very frequently drop/spill beads. Sometimes an entire container. I have a manual lightweight carpet sweeper. I keep the retaining compartment clean and use it for nothing else but getting up my spills. It is easy to use and store. Handle was made bendable by the manufacturer so I do not have to bend over! Best investment I have made to be used as part of my beading tools. This way I seldom have beads get into the powered vacuum cleaner, which makes my daughter happy too! I also use a "reacher" (made for us elderly and handicapped) to pick up small drops/spills as soon as they happen. Thanks for all the assistance you have provided.

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Since I am only starting out, the only jewelry I actually sell are my cancer-awareness items. However, I do design and make other jewelry, including matching/coordinating sets (seriously, how many beads can I love at one time?). My pierced ear holes can be hyper-sensitive, but one day, I could not figure out why I was having excessive trouble putting in one of my recently made earrings. Finally, I looked at the ear wire with my reading glasses AND a magnifying glass. Sure enough, there was a microscopic "drop" on the end, big enough to irritate my ear hole and prevent me from getting the wire through. So I took my metal nail file and a reamer to it, smoothing it off carefully. Perfect fit, no irritation! Now I file any item I make that is supposed to be a piercing. This may be common sense to experienced jewelry makers, but I'm far from that just yet! :)

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A new letter opener, usually rectangular or square, is a great bead thread cutter, as well as being useful for other threads. Scissors are great, but using this style of letter opener lets you get close to the work, and when I embroider, I often use it without having to flip my work over, so I can cut threads close to the work, without having to see it.

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Whenever I am working, I use a silicone baking sheet. I have one for working with glue, as it peels right off and saves your working table. The other is fantastic for ensuring your pieces don't go flying while you are beading or wiring. Saves tons of time from looking for your parts on the floor!

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Many of my orders from Fire Mountain Gems arrive in flat Priority Mail boxes that are about 9 x 12 inches. A bead mat fits in nicely and any unfinished project that needs to be put on hold can be stacked and stored neatly.

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My dog's moist food comes in little plastic white trays. I (obviously!) wash them out and reuse them to hold current bead projects. They're also perfect for paints and powders. The octagonal shape of them even allows me to poor the tiniest seed beads back in the bag.

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Cigar boxes to hold plastic templates and cash box. Broccoli elastics that hold lots of things in place. Christmas ornament hooks for displaying. Painter's canvas drop cloth for a tablecloth. Soup can tins to hold my scissors and tools. Toothpicks to spread glue. White plastic takeout containers with clear lids for sand and quill storage.

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You can keep your creations in cellophane bags, or take photos of them, so you can visualize your progress.

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I use antique pipe stands to hold hand tools, such as pliers and cutters. Originally intended to hold a variety of smoking pipes, some of these stands also have boxes incorporated that initially held tobacco. These keep tools organized and close at hand.

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I use "parts cabinets" to sort all my jewelry making supplies. The labels from Fire Mountain are easy to trim, leaving the item # and the name and size beads etc., these fit the individual drawers. Makes things easy to sort and find.

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I use a 3-tier shoe tree for displaying necklaces. Slip the necklace over one or two shoe holders and you can hang matching bracelets too. The best part is each of the 3 tiers rotates. And the tower takes up vertical space on my display table, leaving room for other items.

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I use display inserts and little plastic vials w/lids (H20-2404PK) to hold my beads. Several of these will fit in each section of my sectioned bead box. I organize by color so this keeps the beads separated nicely.

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I use Tic Tac and pill bottles to store beads. The Tic Tac holders have the convenient hole in the top and are great for smaller beads.

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I store my beads in clear plastic bags, either 2x3 or smaller, inside clear plastic shoe boxes. I have 12 boxes labeled according to type such as Czech, Swarovski, pearl/MOP, wood, silver, gold, nameable gemstones, black/white/hematite, etc. On the bags I label: size, cost, bead name and then I figure price per bead and write that on the label as well. I also keep the Fire Mountain label so I can order again.

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I use lids from plastic containers such as yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. to place my beads in while I am making my bracelets or necklaces. They are small enough to fit several on my desk, even if I have many different types in one project.

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I use the clear plastic boxes that Swarovski crystals come in to store my pierced earrings until I am ready to sell them.

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Use your crimping pliers to close metal crimp covers. It closes them completely without misshaping them.

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Here is a simple way to display earrings for a show or at home. Use a staple gun to attach a piece of screening to the open section of a frame. Then just hook your earrings through the openings of the screen. Plain or fancy frames, whichever you prefer, they both look great!

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I like to work with lace, silk and other delicate fabrics on my bead embroidery projects. To prevent fraying and lumps, I use double-sided tape on the back side of my Lacy's Stiff Stuff™ or Ultra Suede. I fold the lace or delicate fabric carefully to the back side of my Stiff Stuff or suede against the double-sided tape. Without bumps and frays I can finish my work.

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It's tempting to have a matched set of jewelry-making tools. But, I like the fact that the handles on my most-used tools are all different. When I had an all blue set I had to stop concentrating on my project to identify the wanted tool by its shape and function. Now when it's time for me to change from chain-nose (red handles) to round-nose (zebra-striped handles) pliers I only need a quick glance at my work surface to identify what I need next.
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