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Beadbakery
« on: September 03, 2006 09:28:40 AM »

I need help!!

I have an embarassing huge collection of beads, which I know to some reading this are cursing me for complaining about such a thing but it's truely become a problem.  I have brought tackle boxes in the begining, and then hanging closet organizers which worked for the last year or so but now I have a broken closet rail and beads everywhere.  My boyfriend and I are looking to move but I think he might be reconsidering if i don't think of a new system for the beads!! ( and if he steps on one more I think he's going to loose it!!)

Here's the question: What do people use to store thier beads in?

I saw magnetic rodes in Ikea that are ment to hold those small rond tins with glass in the lid, the only problem is not only the expense of how many I would need but also the wieght of all of them on the wall,

I'm at a complete loss!!
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jenna rose
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2006 10:58:36 AM »

have you seen this thread? http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118326.0

her solution for all of her beads is pretty awesome.  definitely something i'd like to get sometime.
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2006 11:19:34 AM »

I did see that but I live in Toronto so to ship something like that across the border would be a nightmare.  I want something that I can pick up locally

Thanks
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carlierae26
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2006 11:07:14 PM »

use those hardware thingy with the small drawers

http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml?CATID=74126&PRODID=70412
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padray
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2006 11:52:55 PM »

^ Those are very useful!  I would suggest putting your beads in one of those after the move, unless, the drawers have lids that really snap in place.  You don't want to pick up the whole thing and have your carefully sorted beads mix up during the move.

If you have a lot of the same kind of beads, as in you don't need a thousand little containers to sort these beads, you could always just use cheap containers with lids. Shoebox size would stack well. Or even a real shoebox.

Or if you do need to sort these, by color or type, you could always save (and ask friends to save, too) altoid tins and other small containers of that type. These could then be stored inside your larger boxes or cabinets or dresser.  I used to go through altoids like...well, candy Wink so I had a lot of tins and used those for a very long time.  I still have some of my favorite beads in some.  I've also done the very cheap route, small snack bags, of the zip-sandwich-bag style that I bought at the dollar store.

Hope this helps!
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Beadbakery
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2006 11:40:49 AM »

Thanks for all the suggestions.  I have gone to a couple storage stores but I"m still at a loss b/c I want to have them visible or easy to see (helps stay inspired) so we're think about incorporating them into the decor of our place somehow...maybe... who knows.

I'll keep searching and in the meantime I'll just have to live with it
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2006 11:46:10 AM »

I  use  fishing tackle boxes. they are clear dna have  little dividers taht  you place where  you want them so your spaces are   as big or as little as you need them.
not  sure  you could  find them  in toronto tho....... I get mine at walmart.
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2006 11:51:32 AM »

The big hardware containers with the clear-front drawers work well, and to move them, I would recommend wrapping the whole thing several times with Saran Wrap or another clingy plastic wrap - it's a common trick for moving things with drawers or moving shelves that still have things on them. 
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2006 11:19:58 PM »

you said you wanted to incorporate it into your decor and that is what i did. my dad is a real "handy" type so he made me like 25 small shadowboxes. i filled them with beads, put the back on tight, and hung it on my wall. it looks cool when the boxes are full. and if you dont have enough to fill them, then its a great excuse to go buy more. i did mine by "pretty" "spunky aka plastic" and buttons. pretty is basically not plastic and not buttons. haha hope i helped!
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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2006 11:26:26 AM »

I do know that you can get similar metal tins at sporting goods stores. Cheap too. In the camping section is where I found the ones I use. They are for fish hook storage. Ya know,so when ya open the tackle box they fall all out everywhere.
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« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2006 08:56:06 AM »

I use a couple of the Akro-Mills portable craft organisers:

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http://www.shoplet.com/office/db/AKM06118.html

I like them especially because they have large compartments in the bottom half and smaller ones in the lid (top) half. Plus, with handles, you can store them flat or on their sides - and the dividers stop stuff from escaping from one compartment to another. And, for sanity's sake I also keep beads separate by putting them in those little craft ziplock baggies...

I currently have two of the Akro-Mills (catalogue #6118)- one for large/lampwork beads (bottom) and findings (top) and another for seed beads (6's and 8's on the bottom and 10s/11s/15s in the top). Plus a Tupperware container for thread, needles etc..

My bead collection isn't too big, but the containers are cheap-ish (I got mine from Orchard Hardware Supplies for about $20 each), so you can buy several and organise them by size/colour etc...I like them much better that the normal Art Bins because you can see instantly whats in them by looking at the top layer - which is transparent - rather than having to slide out each Art Bin drawer, trying to find what you're looking for.

Anyway, hope this helps - and Merry Xmas all!!
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2006 08:57:22 AM »

My problem has been solved!!

For Christmas I got 500 metal tins with glass lids and sheet metal.  I'm in the process of cuting and gluing magnets on the bottom of each tin so that my they will stick to the metal.  My boyfriend is going to cut it into wide stripes and anchor it the wall when we move and all my beads will be on display and hopefully result in great home decor and inspriation to bead

Thanks to everyone who gave great suggestions
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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2007 02:50:00 PM »

If you have wall space a old friend of mine actually mounted a peg board from waist height up- she made sure there was space between the board and wall (using 2x4s?) and put hooks in the pegs. She then hung her bags/strands etc on the pegs.

EDIT: aha. Looks like you found your solution! Congrats!
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