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Whenever I see a picture of something I'd like to "re-create," I cut the picture out and place it in an extra photo album (three photos per page type) for safe keeping until I can get to it. I also use them for the free project ideas I pick up at my local craft stores. That way, I don't have little pieces of paper floating around the house or in my trays of tools, findings, etc. (I also put my tips and tricks sheets in there.)

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I keep a chunk of regular wax around not just for keeping my thread from fraying, but heat it up just right, thread the wax like a bead, and it's a great bead-stopper! Just make sure it's cooled off enough not to melt to your needle!

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Cut thread on an angle for easier threading. This will make it easier to thread through small needle eyes, as well as prevent it from fraying.

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Save lids and caps with unusual sizes and textures and use as molds for clay projects. Cut uniform shapes or press the textured side of the lid into clay to create unusual patterns.

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Instead of a knotting tool I use a bead-tipped straight pin. After inserting the pin through the knot I push the end into a small piece of soft wood, gives great control and tight knots.

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When struggling with a needle that's too snug to get through a bead easily, grab the needle with a deflated balloon and pull. The balloon allows you to grab the needle without slipping.

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When multiple projects are taking over your work station, it's possible you'll run out of bead trays for the different colors and types of beads you are using all at once. This is the time to pull out the deviled egg tray you usually save for special occasions. It's the perfect size for holding beads and has an average of 12 additional compartments.

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Use a sponge roller for your needle and thread to transport a project. Snap the roller shut to hold the thread in place so it doesn't tangle.

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Keep your sterling silver components tarnish-free with moisture absorbers. Simply save the tiny silica gel packets, found in handbags and shoe boxes, and place them into the air-tight plastic bag with your sterling silver items. Just remember to keep the silica gel packets away from children and pets, as the contents are harmful if ingested. Tape or glue a yardstick to the bottom edge of your work table. This creates a lip to catch rolling beads and provides a permanent measuring tool right at your fingertips.

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Adding 5 to 6 drops of ammonia to liver of sulfur in water helps to dissolve the liver of sulfur evenly and give you a broader range of oxidized colors.

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I design very large chunky jewellery so storage becomes a challenge. I have found that the Dollar Stores® hooks for clothing that hang on doors. They come single or multiple. These work really well and be sure to use on both sides of a door.

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My daughter and grand babies have allergies that require shots and her allergist has started saving the cases the needles come in for me. They're approximately 1' deep and 5' square, and perfect! I put all the stuff I may make into something in them, to decide on the end design later. And when I'm in the middle of beading they will hold different opened packs of findings, focals, beads, chains, even small tools! Her allergist loves it because they aren't just being thrown away, and I love the ease. I have over 100 now, and use them more than any other tool.

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Use a 2-inch piece of tubing to help guide your needle through a thick beading base. Simply slide the tubing over the exposed needle (sharp end) and use it to power-grip the needle through the project. Take care not to twist your wrist while doing this, or you could bend or snap your needle.

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If you love the look of layered necklaces, but have a hard time experimenting with this latest trend, you are not alone. Try wearing multiple individual pendants, such as graphic pendants, art deco, large bead dangles, and multiple chains in a layered and overlapping arrangement for an eclectic, tailored look.

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This is from my friend Barb, who does jewelry appraisals: Never use rubber bands (or any rubber) near silver or silver plating. The chemicals in the rubber will actually burn through the silver (or SP) and leave nasty black marks--permanently ruining the piece.

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Tiny crimp covers are slippery. To control them, try making a long loop of fine thread, wrap the loop around some fingers and use your index finger and thumb to pinch the thread tightly up against the crimp cover, which you have draped over the front end of the loop. Maintain the tension. Now push the cover over the crimp and close it. If the fit is too tight to withdraw the thread holding the cover, just trim it closely and leave it there.

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On the go with your beads? While portable bead totes are great for the car, they can make for cumbersome airline carry-on luggage. For a travel-size alternative, recycle a portable CD case to tote your beads. They stuff into even the smallest spaces, are easy to grab and provide a stable work surface. Remove the plastic inserts and cut two pieces of cardboard to fit inside the front and back cover pockets. Cut two pieces of thin foam to fit inside the case and press a into the bottom piece of foam. Fill the dish with beads and zip the case closed. The top piece of foam will fit tightly against the bead dish so your traveling beads will stay in place. When you're ready to work, the open case will provide a small but sturdy work surface.

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After spilling more than a few saucers of unstrung beads, I began using a new Saran Wrap product to cover my bowls when they're not in use. Quick Covers are plastic lids that look like small shower caps. They keep the beads in and the dust and cats out.

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To store multiple small items and small amounts, I use plastic bobbin boxes that I buy at the fabric store. I cut a piece of thin foam rubber to fit in the lid to keep the beads from getting mixed, if the box is tipped. They're small and don't take up much room.

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I create hairpins and to make sure all my items for each hairpin is in a secure area before making, I use my old prescription bottles I got from the pharmacy. I use recycle paper put the customer names on the bottle and all items needed for their hairpin order and secure the top on it. Then when it's time for that customer, I open the prescription bottle put the items on the mat and create my beautiful hairpins and when they're done put them back into the bottle. When I go to package them up I will not confuse them with another customers hairpins; great way to recycle and keep things in order. Hope that helps you with what to do with those plastic containers from the pharmacy.

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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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To store beads, findings, etc. and recycle, I save baby food containers (plastic with tops). They can be stored in a shoe organizer three high and three wide. Saves money and makes your beading much more organized.

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Keep on hand different colors of nail polish to touch up stripped color on wire, to color crimp beads, all kinds of "whoops!" times. You'll be happy to know this tip, if you don't already! I have black, cherry red, silver, gold, copper, aqua, these days, the skies are the limit!

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Make a beading tray from a lap desk. Get one with a lip on it so your beads don't roll off. Cut pieces of non-slip drawer liner and Velux® or suede to fit. Embellish the edge of the tray with bead fringe.

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Jewelry that is strung using crimps should have a small loop that allows the clasp a little bit of movement in order to keep the wire from breaking or fraying from use under tension. To keep the loops of your beading wire even and large enough, insert one side of your round-nosed pliers into the loop while pulling the wire tight and crimping it down.

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Here's the solution to inconsistent sizes and shapes in cultured freshwater pearls. Using a hole puncher, make two rows of 10 holes on a piece of cardstock. Apply masking tape to the backside of the cardstock, with the sticky side appearing through the holes. The tape is sticky enough to hold the pearls in place, but not enough to leave a residue. Compare the pearls from every angle to find the closest match.

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If you enjoy stringing on beading wire for its strength and flexibility, but want a more professionally finished look than a plain crimp bead, add and to your design. Crimp covers help to disguise the crimp with a rounded cover bead to make it look more like an actual bead, and wire guardians help to hide the wire and protect it from wearing on clasps and findings.

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When working with very tiny beads, place beads on a flat surface such as a plate. To quickly pick up, wet your finger and press down on beads so that they stick to your finger and easily thread beads by sticking end of line through beads stuck to your finger. This works best when using something semi-stiff for stringing, such as wire or monofilament.

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For making necklaces for hand mobility-impaired folks, the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads is great for lightweight necklaces. Simply knot the ends and it is ready to pull over the head--no clasp needed.

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Don't have flush wire cutters? A pair of fingernail clippers does just as well and can get in really close to beads.

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To prevent loops from opening, use half-hard wire and slightly over close your loops to create extra tension at the opening. If that still isn't enough security for you, try making a double-wrapped loop.

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When stringing beads onto Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire, place a rubber earring-stopper or Bead Stopper™ on one end to keep your beads from falling off while you're designing. Now, you can design with ease, and not worry about losing your design when you pick up your strand!

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I like to see all my beads, so I use clear glass to store them. I buy vases, candle holders and glasses at thrift shops and garage sales. My friends also help by giving me their unwanted (but still very pretty) glass.

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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.

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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.

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For cheap and creative earring display, simply use a wire mesh wastebasket turned upside down. This works exceptionally well for hook earrings and if you look in the right places you can find rubber coated wire mesh bins in neat colors.

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New product idea: Little soy sauce dipping bowls work much better than beading trays for working with seed beads. The curve of the side of the bowl is perfect for catching a bead on a needle, and using individual bowls makes putting beads away very quick and easy.

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I started small and kept changing for the increase. I found the wheeled carts with shallow covered boxes (drawers) they make for scrap booking are fantastic! I have a couple thousand jewelry size zip lock bags in each ''drawer.'' But category, color, size, for beads, gems, pearl, shell, findings everything. It's not as ''professional'' as tiny plastic containers, but extremely more affordable.

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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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In a pinch, use the back of a computer mouse pad to help with beading strands. It will help keep the beads where they are supposed to be.

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How to avoid the un-centered loop ... When you rotate your wrists as you pull the wire, you undo the right angle you are trying to create. Try pushing your wrist down slightly to counteract the natural tendency to pull up while twisting wire loops, because you don't want to move the bend up at all.

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Instead of using tape to hold my wire - I use the wire ties that you get from the supermarket. The ones in the produce section to hold bags of fruit. You can press them on and they hold great and because they are covered they will not mark your wire. Using tape sometimes leaves a mess on your wire.

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

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Use a paint pallet that has small cups in it when working on a project with many beads. If you need to stop, you can put Glad Press n Seal over and press down over the entire top of the paint holder and fold over the edge to keep all beads in their cups. Stores and transports well. Resume by carefully pulling off the wrap.

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Use a to enlarge and smooth bead holes, if necessary when using ice pick bails.

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A "bobbin saver" rubber ring is a great holder for Nymo® bobbins. Nymo® is the same size as sewing bobbins.

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Always make sure your supply box for your beads is nice and tight in case of little babies!!!

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I use the plastic peanut butter jars to hold beads and also the jars that grated cheese comes in. I find that these jars are big enough to hold large amounts of beads and also cards of various chain so that they are all in one place.

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To create consistent wire-wrapped loops, mark a spot on the jaw of your round-nose pliers and use it as your guide every time you make a wire-wrapped loop. A permanent marker works great, and it eventually wears off of the metal.

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I reuse the teal tissue that comes packaged in my orders to stuff gift bags and boxes.
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