When you’ve been beading for a long, you’ve amassed quite a supply collection. Your creative space is taken over by tools, stringing supplies, findings, and, of course, jewelry supplies and beads themselves.
Organizing your resources allows you to quickly locate what you require while working. It also helps you save money. Have you ever bought something only to discover it later at home? I know I have, and it’s inconvenient to say the least.
It took me a long time (years) to come up with an organisation system for my jewelry supplies that I really appreciate. I’m going to give you some simple organising tips in the hopes that they’ll help you manage your beads and other items as well.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO ORGANIZE YOUR BEADING SUPPLIES?
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WHAT YOU’LL REQUIRE
A list of organizational jewelry supplies that you might find handy is provided below. My top picks are available in my Amazon store.
Containers that are small and clear
Multiple compartmented clear storage containers
Zipper bags that can be resealed
Rolling storage cart with drawers
1. GET YOUR BEADS IN ORDER
At home, I have a plethora of beads, maybe far too many. (Wait… Is it a real issue?) I find it easier to categorise beads by size, type, and colour in order to see what I have and use it.
So, for example, I separate my pearls into different containers based on colour and size. So I’d have a container full with 4mm pink pearls and another with 6mm, 8mm, and so on. Then I repeat the process with each variety of bead I have.
After I’ve divided all of my beads into containers, I put all of my 4mm pearls in one section and all of my 6mm pearls in another. It’s a lot easier to get what I need when I store them this way.
Only when I break apart unfinished beading projects and couldn’t be bothered to separate the beads do I combine different colours, sizes, and types of beads in the same container.
2. ORGANIZE YOUR RESULTS
I arrange the findings in a similar way as the beads.
Sort the finds by metal finish and type. For example, I keep all of my earring findings in one spot, whereas the silver and gold ear wire hooks are kept separate. The clip-on earring findings are then placed in separate containers but kept in the same drawer. When I need earring findings, I can find them all in one place.
Repeat with your additional findings, such as different styles of clasps, bead caps, and so forth.
3. KEEP TOOLS CLOSE AT HAND
When I’m beading and I have to pause what I’m doing to look for a tool, it’s quite frustrating. I normally plan ahead and gather all of the materials I’ll need before starting a jewellery creation, but there have been times when I’ve forgotten something or needed something suddenly.
Keep your most important beading tools close at hand. You don’t want to have to reach for them on a high shelf or rummage around in the back of a drawer. Place them on the front of your storage unit, or even better, on top of your crafting table.
This excellent concept for keeping jewelry supplies pliers around the edge of a recycled tin can is simple yet effective. I also like the two-toned aesthetic, which is simple to achieve with some tape and a little spray paint.
4. THE CONTENERS YOU USE ARE IMPORTANT
When it comes to organising your beads and findings, the containers you use are crucial. Clear containers with tight-fitting lids should be used.
Because you can see through it, it’s simple to figure out what’s inside. Tight-fitting lids are necessary to prevent your beads from spilling out of the container or, worse, mixing with one other if compartments are present.
If you have a little craft space or like to travel with your beads, use small containers like these. These multi-compartment storage boxes are another excellent alternative.
5. MATERIALS FOR STRINGING
Chain, ribbon, and other stringing materials might be difficult to store. If you have spools, you can put them on a Ribbon Organizer or make a DIY solution by getting a wooden dowel from the hardware shop and hanging it on two cup hooks.
Smaller pieces of chain or ribbon should be placed in compact resealable zipper bags. Hang these on hooks, place them on the same wooden dowel I stated previously, or keep them in a designated space.
These easy techniques can hopefully assist you in organising your beads and other jewellery supplies. If you’re looking for more organisation tips, check out How To Organize Your Craft Space & Kee