|A couple of my favorite seed bead storage solutions for tubes of seed beads.
Back when I was still a baby beader, I ordered my seed beads
from a paper catalog. (Wow. Imagine that!) The seed beads arrived in a small
box, neatly packaged in plastic tubes. And what did I do with those tubes of
seed beads? Why, I immediately dumped them out into organizer boxes and storage
containers, and I ditched the tubes.
I must have been insane, because now, years later, I love it
when my seed beads come in those plastic tubes instead of plastic baggies. When
I was an owner of a bead shop, we ordered our seed beads in bulk, and they came
in large plastic bags - the kind that you can't reseal once you open them. I
spent many, many hours sitting at a table, measuring out ten grams of seed
beads from plastic bags to put into tubes.
||My last order of seed beads from a new company came in boxes. What am I going to do with them?
But recently, an order of seed beads I placed arrived packed
in those little square boxes, and I can't say that I was terribly impressed
with the boxes at first. Sure, they were fun for my three-year-old son to stack
while he was waiting for me to make dinner. But all of my bead-storage
solutions up until now revolved around ways to store those tubes of seed beads,
not the boxes!
I don't know why I don't like the boxes. They are just as
convenient as the tubes, and it seems that the lids of the boxes don't come off
as easily as the tubes. (Let me show you the bead soup that resides in the
bottom of pretty much every drawer where I store my seed bead tubes.) The boxes
don't roll off the table or roll around on my bead tray every time I shift
position when I'm beading. So what gives?
I think for me, personally, it's just that sense of
nostalgia that I feel when I hold a tube of seed beads in my hand. My first
seed beads were all in tubes, and most of the seed beads that I order and buy
at shows come in tubes and not boxes, so maybe it's just that I don't want to
change over to boxes at this point. The empty tubes are also more readily
available from my favorite beading supply companies, and they're not as
expensive as the boxes, so there's the convenience factor to consider when I
need to transfer a bunch of new colors from plastic bags to another seed bead-storage
What do you think? Do you prefer your seed beads in tubes or
boxes? Leave a comment and share your thoughts here on the blog!