How to Store It Series! Today: Beads & Jewelry Making Supplies!

Hi Friends! I recently mentioned that I was going to do a craft/art room organization series with you in lieu of a craft room tour this year. I will have all of these videos (along with other storage videos and craft room tours) on this YouTube playlist. I decided to kick of the series with how I store my beads and jewelry making supplies. I might have a lot more, or a lot less than you have but I think this video will give you many options on how to store your stash:

Here is a list of some of the items I showed you:

  • The red and clear cubes are by Ultamate Stacker
  • The test tubes and holder are from Shot Wizard but I got the other ones in the basket from Sam’s Club, they often have them around valentines day for party favors, just empty the gumballs and use the containers for beads!
  • The yellow box is from Harbor Freight.
  • The clear tackle box I use for wire is by Martha Stewart but Plano make a similar one.
  • The tic-tack boxes came filled with low quality beads from Joanns for about $6 but I have seen the boxes empty on Oriental Trading and Wal Mart for $4 empty.
  • The white cardboard box that I have my findings in is by Making Memories but they are out of business, maybe you could use a jewelry box or chocolate box as a similar solution.
  • The clear containers stacked up with paper beads and other odds and ends in are from the Dollar Tree, they are really durable and have useful sized compartments. They seem to always have them in stock too.

I have had many of the things I use for storage for years but if you are creative I’m sure you can find similar storage items around your home or you will hopefully have a good idea what you may want to purchase to make your storage dreams come true LOL! ūüėÄ I know I don’t have the most elegant craft room (it’s a corner of my basement for goodness sake!) but I enjoy it so much because it is cheerful and organized. I hope to help you make a fun place to create too. Let me know if you have and questions and stay tuned for more craft storage and organization videos all month long! Oh, and for those of you wondering how I made out at jury duty I was only picked for 1 case and it should only take a few days in February. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Talkin’ ’bout beads!

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk¬†Wednesday¬†folks! I have to report that the Easter Bunny was very good to me this year (imagine that, 36 years old and the Easter Bunny still leaves a basket for me at my parents house, I must have been really good this¬†year…no wait, that CAN”T be it LOL!) I got a basket full of beads and 2 more Ultimate Stackers to start filling! With new beads comes sorting and that is what I have been up to:

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I also have to send out a lovely hug and thank you to Ginny who saw my WOYWW post last week about my new-to-me sewing machine that did not come with any accessories and low and behold she had spare parts for that model and she sent them to me, for free! She is such a  sweetie and a talented artist as well. Thanks so much Ginny!

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So as I was sorting (and beading) I got tot thinking about my¬†upcoming¬†craft fair and remembered all of the questions people had about selling at craft fairs last winter so I decided to answer them in a video blog…I’m thinking about doing a video blog every week and talk about random crafty stuff, what do you think?

I held some of my current projects up to the camera but it is hard to see in a video so here are some photos of this weeks projects so far, basic stringing but it great for showcasing unique beads!

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Well that’s it for me, I still have all of those boxes of beads to put away LOL! I get so distracted by them…I’ll just make a few little pretties before I pack them all up, famous last words right? They will probably still be on my desk¬†next¬†week! If you want to see more crafty desks hop over to Julia’s blog for more WOYWW fun and til next time happy crafting!

My Bead Cores Arrived!

Howdy folks! It was a banner mail day for me on¬†Friday¬† The bead cores I ordered from ebay arrived (1000 for $4 and free shipping!) and I got a new torch. The torch I got for Christmas stopped igniting and I wrote to the company Diamond Tech who make the Fireworks torch and they offered to send me a replacement free of charge if I sent them back the broken one. ¬†I had my new torch a¬†week¬†after I mailed them my broken one. Wow! I was so¬†relived¬†and impressed with¬†that company. I wanted to mention it because we¬†don’t¬†hear about when a company does good often enough. Here are some beads I used the new bead cores on:

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I had a hard time deciding what size to get but after much deliberation I picked the smaller ones and I’m glad I did because he others would have been way too big. As it was I had to use nylon pliers to press the cores into the beads. I actually cracked 2! I will put another coating of bead release on my Pandora mandrel next time to make the hole a wee bit bigger and they will be perfect!

A couple of weeks ago I bought some plastic divided boxes from the Dollar Tree, they are a usual item they carry and they are perfect for storing my handmade beads! I put half of my bead cores in one with my hand-made glass¬†beads…

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And the rest in a box with handmade clay beads…

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I’d say the boxes are roughly 8″x10″ and they stack too! Well that’s all for today. We have an early indoor league softball game this morning so I have to boogie! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: I was going to make beads today…

…but I guess I’ll just sort some instead:
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Nifty, huh? I have been picking away at sorting beads throughout the Christmas break. I needed something to store small pots of beads since whenever I would open said pots they would fly hither and thither around my craft room, hence, I never used them! Then I remembered that I had bought plastic test tubes a¬†couple of years back for party favors (and they were so cute I could not part with them) and they would be perfect for storing these beads. The rubber stoppers on the end are secure yet easy to remove so I can get to my beads without spilling them but if I knock a closed vial on the floor the stoppers will stay put. These are not real test tubes, they are test tube shooters (ya know for liquor shots…so I’m told…) and they are pennies a¬†piece¬† I think the tubes are 6 cents and the stoppers are 2 cents each, I got a set of 50 tubes and the holder for $18 at Shot Wizard.

So here is my very sad, neglected, abandoned work table today:

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Why am I not making beads you ask? Because one of my little ones is sick with a stomach ache and nasty cough, I will be taking her to the doctor in a few minutes to make sure nothing serious is wrong, I worry about pneumonia whenever there is a rattly cough…and she has had the cough since Friday. Poor dear. ūüė¶

Wanna see more crafty workdesks? Check out What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday at The Stamping Ground. It is a fun peek into the mes…er, studios of other artists and it might even make you want to go make something! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Free Embellishment Storage!

This embellishment cube has 48 containers for beads and embellishments and the best thing is that I made it for free!

 

Let me clarify, I used a 5 cent glue stick. Also I used a craft knife I already had and some paper from an American Crafts pack a friend gave me, so nearly free ūüôā My brother-in-law works at¬†a paper mill and the electrical tape they use comes in these little round containers (pretty wasteful if you as me but not if you pass them along to a crafter!) I should have taken step-by-step photos as I made it but I thought of it too late. Below you can see the box the containers come in:

 

I took the box and cut one side off each then glued 4 of the cut boxes together. I turned each one so there would be an open row of containers on each side because I thought it looked nice but you can set it up however you like.

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I realize that you might not be able to get these awesome tape containers and boxes BUT you can still make something similar.¬†You can buy¬†a¬†10 pack of mini¬†square or round food containers¬† at the dollar store. If you buy 4 packs that would give you 40 containers to put in your cardboard shelf (4 column of 10 containers.) You can make custom boxes from cardboard and tape, it is really sturdy and if you cover it with pattern paper it is beautiful. I’m telling you, most of my storage in my craft room is made from cardboard (or foamcore) tape and hot glue. It’s good stuff, not to mention nearly free!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Jewelery Making Basics {Video}

You Tube viewer asked me if I would film a video of my bead stash and storage. I decided to add a brief¬†overview of jewelery making tools and supplies so if you are just starting out (or need a refresher) you could learn a thing about the tools and supplies of jewelery making. Grab a ‘cuppa’ and have a watch ūüėÄ

If you are looking for the bead storage tower I have you can get it at JoAnn.com, it is on sale too!

 Here is a review of the tools you need to get started, sometimes you can find a kit with all the tools you need, also shop around because prices vary!

3 in one pliers with round nose ends ($4-$8).

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A bead board ($4-$10) or a towel with a measuring tape.

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Your choice of beads, stringing wire or thread, findings etc.

Not neccessary but I recommend flush cut pliers (I got a good pair for $4 at Wal-Mart), crimp pliers (there are about $16 so I used a 50% off coupon at ACmoore to buy mine).

You can store your beads on the packages they come in, fish & tackle¬†boxes, tool boxes, butter tubs, test tubes, film canisters,¬†Tupperware¬†and other recycled containers. I must say I love the fish & tackle boxes the best! It is nice to have portable storage so¬†you can¬†lug your bead stash into the¬†living room so you can bead while you¬†watch TV and hang out with the family. I can load all of my boxes into a large plastic tote and haul it upstairs whenever I like, or I can gather all of the supplies I might need on my bead board (that is if I already have an idea what I want to¬†make, in most cases I don’t and I just play with the beads until inspiration¬†strikes!) and just bring that, that is why¬†the little cubbies on the board are so handy.

I hope I inspired you to do some beading today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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