Jewelry Display Rack
I use a rack that is for storing spools of sewing thread that I affix to my closet wall. That way I can easily store and see hundreds of beaded necklaces and bracelets easily without them getting tangled.
Bead Cabinet Storage
For keeping beads organized, I use a storage cabinet that is supposed to be for nuts and bolts. It is located in the automotive department. It keeps everything organized nice and neat, and it transports very nicely.
I made a bean bag tray to use while beading in bed or watching TV. It sits nicely on your lap or whatever as the beans help to form a cushion that fits anything. It has helped a lot for not spilling, which is everyone's dread.
When setting up your work area, ''wallpaper'' your walls with elements that will help you get organized and provide design inspiration. Use bead sample cards, paint swatches and hand-painted pegboards in inspiring colors. And stencil wall borders in...
To store my beads, I use prescription bottles. They are available in different sizes and they are transparent. I line them up on a tray so that I can see them when I need the beads.
Organizing Your Workstation
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...
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...
Dowel Bracelet Display
To work on, store and display bracelets, using a 1-1/4" diameter four-foot standard wood dowel supported on the wall horizontally by two brass coat hooks.
A hard wood baseball bat makes a great bracelet mandrel.
Corky Bead Storage
A small, framed corkboard is a great way to store strands and clear zip bags of beads by style, color or spectrum. Use push pins to hold bead strands and baggies in place.
Ease Eye Strain
At the end of each small project, close your eyes for a few seconds, do simple stretching exercises, get up and place your design on display. It will make a positive difference at the end of a long beading session.
Organizing your Organizers
I use plastic organizer boxes that are 7x10-inches with several compartments. If you carry a wide assortment of various beads, you can organize your beads within simply by carefully peeling the Fire Mountain label off the plastic bag they are...
Bead Storage Jars
I reuse the Gerber® plastic baby food containers. They are square which allows them to stack easily. They are clear and have a lid.
First of all, I am only three weeks into beading and wow! The bead box system I finally settled in with had 58 boxes contained in the carry box. I do ALPHA beads so things have to be lined up. I raided my kitchen cabinets for the step shelves for...
A foam mouse pad with a gel wrist rest makes long-term beading more comfortable. Plus, the beads and needles stay where you put them.
Recycle and Reuse Spools
Save your spent wire and cording spools so that you can re-use them to wind other cord, ribbon, or wire on them. This is especially good for transporting portable projects.
Store projects needing repair and keep materials for a future project together in soft plastic pencil cases. The cases are sturdy enough to withstand needle punctures and large enough to hold most materials needed for the project. The clear panel...
Beadwork Pattern Display
Use top-loading clear sheet protectors in a binder to store your flat bead work in progress. The binder can also be used to transport finished, flat beadwork.
Exercise Your Fingers
To loosen up stiff fingers and hands, a pinkie ball, hacky-sack ball or similar squeeze toy can be squeezed to exercise the hand between projects. It will help strengthen and relax the wrist and fingers.
An old TV tray covered with a rubber drawer liner with the edges taped down with 2X stick carpet tape is ideal for keeping small items in place and works great as a portable work area.