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Common Problems in Storing Beading Materials

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Storing materials for beading projects is not a problem when the materials are in small quantities. However, beading enthusiasts who've collected vast amounts of beading materials may find it difficult to properly sort their collection. Individuals who have been making beaded projects for a long time typically need multiple containers for storing their materials.

These days, there are a lot of storage containers that beading enthusiasts can choose from. Even regular household items such as empty jars can be used to store beads and findings. However, in choosing the right storage container for beading materials, a lot of factors must be taken into consideration.

Moisture, room temperature, and humidity must be considered because these factors can affect beads that are made from sensitive materials such as wood and plastic. The beads' size should also be considered in choosing the right container. For instance, a regular storage container may not be ideal for storing larger beads, since only a small amount of beads would fit into the container.

If you're having some trouble properly storing your beading materials, or if you're simply looking for ways to store your beading materials, here are some tips that you may find helpful.

One good idea for organizing beading materials is to use separate containers for beads and findings. If you own a wide range of beads, you can also opt to use one container for each bead type. Findings can also be sorted according to their function. By properly sorting your beads and findings, you'll be able to easily locate the beads as you need them.

Once you have various storage containers for beads and findings, you can stack the containers and store them away. To make your materials even more organized, you can also use labels for the containers. This way, you'll be able to get the materials you need without going through the whole stack of containers.

Another problem that some beading enthusiasts encounter is properly storing stringed beads. Simply storing strings of beads in a container may result in knotted strings of beads. An excellent way to store strings of beads is to hang them on wall hooks; this will prevent the strings from getting tangled.

Pliers and cutters should also be stored in places with minimal exposure to moisture and air, since these elements can cause the tools to rust and become dull.

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3 Comments to Common Problems in Storing Beading Materials

  1. Nancy
    January 18, 2012 8:19 am

    I have multiple containers, totes and other things that I use to store my beads and findings. The most helpful thing is my “go” box. I have a hard plastic case that my other smaller bead containers fit in. It has all the items for a specific project. When I want to work on the project I just grab the “go” box and have everything I need. If I’m going to a craft event I can just grab the “go” and know that everything I need is already packed up. When the project is finished I return all the left over beads to their permanent home.

  2. Roberta
    January 19, 2012 12:02 am

    Slam dnuikn like Shaquille O’Neal, if he wrote informative articles.

  3. Theresa
    January 21, 2012 2:57 am

    Geez, that’s unebliveable. Kudos and such.

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