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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

One of the biggest challenges for beaders is where to store all those beads that seem to multiply on their own. Beadphoria has tried various techniques over the years. Here are some that have worked best.

Strands of beads on the Beadphoria studio wall using a tention wire and clips.

Strands of beads on the Beadphoria studio wall using a tention wire and clips.

1. Tension wire with alligator clips. This is a great solution to keep strands of beads separated. You can also see your beads at a glance. These are available in either the bathroom or window covering section of your local hardware or supercenter store.

2. Tool storage boxes. Multiple drawer boxes that are used to store small pieces of hardware are useful for keeping findings organized. Line the drawers with anti-tarnish pads to keep sterling silver pieces looking like new.

3. Fishing tackle boxes.  Soft sided ones often come with 4-6 storage boxes that are used to keep hooks and bobbers in order. Some beaders like the boxes that have removable dividers, so they can store different sizes of beads together. The only drawback is that tiny beads can sometimes slip under the dividers.

4. Old wooden printer’s trays. Found usually at antique stores and flea markets, these trays/drawers originally held blocks of letters for printing presses. The small spaces are just right for beads.

Please share with us your ideas for storing beads by commenting below.

If you have any questions about beading, or bead storage, feel free to contact me directly at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com . Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of www.Beadphoria.com .