How to Prevent Beads from Spilling
- Bead mats:
I recently discovered these precious gems. A bead mat is just what the name implies—a mat for beading. Bead mats come in several sizes and feel similar to felt, but are thicker and more durable. These particular bead mats are washable. To use bead mats, just place them on your table, and they help catch any runaway bead from rolling away.
- Bead trays:
Now that you have your bead mats to work on, you also need to contain your beads. That’s where bead trays come in handy. Any type of container will work—I like these porcelain dishes because they have weight to them, are durable, are easy to clean, have a lot of different places for beads, and look nice on your beading table. However, you can choose to recycle any type of container. I sometimes use lunch meat containers to carry my beads around in—of course I wash them first!
- Beading boards:
Using a beading board is just another way to prevent your beads from spilling. Beading boards have compartments built in to hold beads and are very useful in designing your jewelry before stringing. Beading boards come in all shapes and sizes; this particular one is one of the more basic types of beading boards.
- Bead stoppers:
Bead stoppers do just what the name implies—stop beads from falling off. These little guys are extremely useful in stringing, especially when working with multiple strands. Just pinch the two rings back, attach your strung jewelry, and close. As you can see, it won’t come off. That is…until you really try.
- Tape (a cheaper alternative to bead stoppers):
A beader should always have tape on hand. I use tape for so many things. Before I splurged a couple bucks on my bead stoppers (I mean literally only a couple bucks), I used tape to prevent my beads from falling off my string. I also occasionally use tape to hold down my work on the table.