One of the hardest parts of being a bead artist is finding a good storage system that works for you. I'm more of the 'it's cheap and on-hand' kind of organizer. Most of my beads are stored in those clear plastic containers. I have them divided by colors. I have a box for each color of findings: brass, copper and gunmetal/silver. I have two boxes with art beads from my favorite artists. I have seed beads in those clear shoebox size containers. They are wrapped in rubber bands according to their color or if they are in small baggies, they are bagged together by color.
Stringing materials go in a handy adjustable tray organizer that I found in the housewares section at Walmart. I think it was for silverware.
My stash of clay is stored in these metal file drawers that I picked up for a few dollars at the goodwill a long time ago.
I store my canes and mixed colors on metal in/out boxes that I picked up at Office Max. They stack up and save space. Sheesh, you'd think I would have straightened out the rows for the photo at least!
You've seen trays and dishes stuffed in every corner of my studio. Above is one of my favorites. These are ceramic "egg cartons" that I found at Hobby Lobby in the spring/Easter displays. They are perfect for works-in-progress or to catch extra beads that need to be put away.
Now Jess is way cheaper and craftier than me. He just recycled the salt container into a pencil/tool jar by cutting off the lid.
Do you have a crafty/out-of-ordinary storage idea that you use for your beads or art supplies?Okay, now for the grand prize to celebrate my studio tour and open house!
One lucky person is going to win one of my bead grab bags. These are filled with $50 worth of beads!
How do you enter?
One entry: make a comment on one of the Studio Tour posts to enter in the grand drawing.
Three bonus entries: you can earn an entry for spreading the word about my tour on your blog, facebook page or twitter. Just leave a comment to let me know you did.
When? You have until tomorrow at Midnight. On Friday morning I will announce the winner!
Thanks for joining me today. I hope I provided some inspiration, I know I enjoyed each comment and feel inspired too!
The next winner from the 3pm post will be announced in just a few minutes.