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Rainbow Flourite Button
100 Silver Log Bead Spacers
Yellow & Green Faceted Carnelian Lantern
80 Earthy Lake Superior Agate Rondell
Huge Deep Purple Agate Focal Donut
Blue Agate Focal Flower - 48 mm
Midnight Blue Pyrite Lapis Button
Diamond-Cut Sky-Blue Fire Agate
Huge Deep-Blue Agate Donut Bead - 50mm
Gleaming Red Carnelian Donut Bead - 48mm
Sensuous Deep Red Coral Nuggets
Unusual Black Coral Chip
Majestic Pineapple Citrine Nugget
Pastel Leave Troll - 14mm
Blank Charm Bangles - for Troll
Flexible Blank Charm Bracelets - for Troll

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How to Store Beads

Eventually every beader is faced with the dilemma of how to store their beads. Everyone has their own way depending on quantity and availability. Some beaders use a fishing tackle box, plastic shoe boxes, wood or plastic utensil trays from Wal-Mart or Tesco – others, clear sliding drawers designed for nuts and bolts, plastic pencil cases, or plastic drawer storage bins. All these compartments are the ideal size for storing beads, findings, and tools. Sturdy and portable, they allow you see project options at a glance.

Inside these draws you need to separate different types and sizes of beads. For loose beads, tubes are good with a label or photo around. Zippy or sealable plastic bags are great for strands - plus they have the advantage of a large opening to get a scoop or counter inside to retrieve loose beads. These bags can be brought from freezer and stationary stores. If you store your beads in little draws you may still need to put them in plastic bags too - in case the whole cabinet gets accidentally kicked over. Another way is to build narrow shelves for baby food jars. You can even screw the top of the lid to the top of the shelf so they always go back neatly. For small loose beads you can use 35mm film containers, candy tins, aspirin bottles, and paint cans for larger beads.

One beader has eight spice racks that turn, brought at yard sales for $2 each. Plus 16 glass jars with lids for her seed beads. Each jar has several shades of the same color. She just turns the rack to find the color she’s looking for and the type of bead. Another beader uses Tic Tac containers when she travels. They are small enough for all the different colors she needs and they never spill. She also stores beads in margarine containers because they are flat and she can pile them on top of one another. Other people use empty travel-size baby-wipe containers to transport their beads. These are lightweight, the right depth to hold tubes of beads, and they fit easily into a purse. With a little imagination, you will find many every-day containers ideal for beads. Transparent or partly-transparent draws are good for seeing what’s inside.

However, as your collection grows you will need a more and more containers. We use plastic draws that are stacked together and labeled on the front with a photograph and a description of the beads inside - each measures about 8 x 8 x 18 inches. These are ideal for us and sometimes we stack them ten boxes high, almost 6-feet up. Each draw has a specific type or size of bead. Some are categorized by the kind of stone and color, as well as size. All jades are together, as are pearl, turquoise, and agates. They are also arranged in alphabetical order, and in Hong Kong we have an Excel data base so we can search which draw your beads are in.

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Please Help Our Bead Book!

Thanks for everyone who submitted ideas last month, much appreciated, you will be sent your discount voucher soon! This is a reminder to anyone who didn't have time to reply. We are working on a MrBead book telling you how to make money selling beaded jewellery. We would appreciate any ideas you have on content. Like bead questions you have or whatever you would like included. Especially the biggest bead problems you have? Please type in the box below and click submit.

In appreciation we will send you a voucher code for $8 or £5 off anything in our store, plus a free copy of the book, expected to be published early 2010. To submit ideas click here

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