If you don't have a beading tray or you need an extra one for a friend or a class, here is a quick and cheap fix. Raid the kitchen for a cookie sheet - the kind with sides all round. Place a small hand towel or kitchen towel that will cover the bottom of the pan. This will keep tools from scratching up the pan surface and will hold your beads in place while you work. For a better or more permanent work surface, cut a piece of velvet, suede or rubber shelf lining to fit the bottom and secure it with double-stick tape. If you decide to secure the lining to the bottom of the tray, you should cut the lining large enough to go up the sides of the tray also. That way any tiny beads etc. will not have an open seam along the bottom of the tray to hide in. While you are in the kitchen, grab a couple of those plastic ice cube trays. They are great to hold your beads in the separate compartments. Each ice cube tray has 10 to 14 compartments. One tray will hold a lot of different beads for you to work with. What, no ice cube trays? I bet you have eggs! Just put the eggs in a bowl or pan and steal the egg tray. There, now you have 12 to 18 bead cups in a handy carry tray. Also measuring spoons, the kind that have a flat tapered front edge, make great bead scoops. And you have several sizes, too. When you are done for the day or taking a break you can cover the top of your tray with clear plastic kitchen wrap.