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Daily Wire Tip May 10: Organizing Beads for Easy Jewelry Making
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
May 10, 2011
Dale, how do you organize your beads? I’m now doing it by color. Do you have any suggestions?
-Ni in Columbus, Ohio
The choice is up to you, Ni! Most of the WS Faculty members and I separate our beads by color, too: either mixing individual boxes of crystals and stones into the same master container (or drawers in a hardware cabinet); or separating crystals and glass in one container, and natural stones in another. Mine are arranged like a rainbow: white/clear across the top, with one drawer being crystals, the next stones, then reds – graduating from light red through dark. The next is are pinks, then orange, browns, amber colors, yellows, greens, blues, violets and blacks. In this manner if I am working with a certain palette, it’s easy to know where those colors are. While working, I pull out each drawer that has the colors I think I want, play with them, and then put them away. In some drawers I use small “Tic-tac”-like containers, or miniature zip-loc bags, so I can separate small sizes and shapes individually. This also makes it easy to see when I am running low on a certain item.
I would like to ask our fellow wire jewelry makers, how do you prefer to store and organize your beads?
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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