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    Im looking for little plastic compartment boxes available online, suitable to store my beads in. Does anyone know any good places to purchase these at reasonable prices?

    Also how does everyone else store their beads?

  • #2
    why don't you save money by making some boxes out of hardboard or useless plastic bottles. then paint them or draw pictures on them.
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    • #3
      I've bought loads of them from Hobbycraft for £1.50 each
      www.silverrainbowjewellery.co.uk

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      • #4
        http://www.craftsuperstore.co.uk/

        Boxes are fab - you can get a 2 layer 30 compartment one for a tenner, really nice strong plastic.

        (cheap boxes are just that, I have snapped hinges, broken sides etc on my cheaper ones)
        www.beadlab.com

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        • #5
          I use fairly expensive storage, a combination of Really Useful boxes in various sizes and also Craft Mates, also in various sizes, which I buy on eBay. I prefer the strong plastic as it doesn't break and stacks well.
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          • #6
            really useful box co. do a brilliant multi drawer container with small drawers the drawers are big enough to keep the tubes of seed beads in the tubes so you know what colour code you need if you run out near the end of a project, (as if I would do a thing like that ...... again!)

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            • #7
              Mother in law bought some food storage pots, 1.5in x 3in they are round, which is bad, but the lids fit well, which is good, a very good size, wont last forever, but at about 20 for £1, cheap enough to throw away

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              • #8
                I use mainly craft mates caddies (the jumbo size ideally), simply because I love being able to open just one compartment at a time. I know a lot of people who swear by the craft kit company sets though (and I can see how appealing they are).
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                • #9
                  I just bought this yesterday as I felt I needed to improve the way I store everything. At the moment a lot of my stuff sits in plastic bags on my living room floor I bought the 44 drawer one.
                  Although it looks big in the picture it is quite small and compact.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by snowgoose View Post
                    Also how does everyone else store their beads?
                    Don't get me started lol, I have bead stashes all over the place!

                    One tip I got was to use ice cube trays and these really do work for me as i use lots of the same type of small beads but in different colours and I need to find them quickly. I then store them on top of each other in clear lunch boxes that I got in the Co-op so in effect I have 48 different types of beads in a lunch box
                    Last edited by jenig12; 22-11-2008, 10:46 AM.

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                    • #11
                      These click-topped boxes would be good: when you open them, a few beads roll out into the lid, you can leave them on their back while you're picking out beads.

                      If you have a printer you can make them any size from old Christmas Cards etc:
                      http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=19129

                      (Some self-assembly required)

                      When buying hard, plastic multi-bin containers for little things like beads, I often find it cheaper to buy one full of screws from a pound-shop or garage and re-house or discard the contents!

                      I also tend to buy yoghurt and jam based on how useful the container will be when I've finished: those little jars that they give you jam in at breakfast in hotels are great!
                      If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

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                      • #12
                        I have a few of these, each one has 5 trays, each of the trays has 5 compartments, each of which can be opened separately so that you can't spill any by accident!

                        http://www.clickoncrafts.co.uk/paper...rcraft-storage

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Louise88 View Post
                          I have a few of these, each one has 5 trays, each of the trays has 5 compartments, each of which can be opened separately so that you can't spill any by accident!

                          http://www.clickoncrafts.co.uk/paper...rcraft-storage

                          That reminds me of the pill dispensers my folks use which may be much smaller, it's hard to tell, but are certainly cheaper - especially on eBay:
                          http://www.groovycart.co.uk/cart.php?c=220&p=5442
                          If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RhinosoRoss View Post
                            That reminds me of the pill dispensers my folks use which may be much smaller, it's hard to tell, but are certainly cheaper - especially on eBay:
                            http://www.groovycart.co.uk/cart.php?c=220&p=5442
                            It is like a pill box! (you could probably get them from the pound shop)

                            I'd say the papermania ones, each compartment in cm would be L5 x W3 x D4, there are six this size and the middle one is twice the width



                            hope this gives you a better idea of the size
                            Last edited by Louise88; 22-11-2008, 08:56 PM.
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