Again and again, I am reminded that necessity truly is the mother of invention.
I'm always on the hunt for bead storage solutions in my studio. I get a lot of my beads by disassembling old, forsaken necklaces: that means I end up with a lot of small piles of beads, and I don't usually have enough tiny bags or containers to separate them. And though the current disaster-area state of my studio would indicate otherwise, I do like to keep things organized.
A recent pizza night at my house offered a solution. I was cleaning up after chowing down on a large with pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms and green olives (mmmmm), and was washing out the half-finished containers of dipping sauce. (I am not a dipping sauce fan, but my husband, Dan, is.) These plastic containers can be recycled in my city, but as I washed them out, I thought, "Hmmm . . . they're small, they have lids, they're kind of transparent . . . perfect!" I washed them extra thoroughly to remove any residual aromas. I don't want garlic-scented beads, after all.
These wee containers are so perfect for storing small piles of beads. I can't believe I hadn't thought of it before. Besides the virtues I've already mentioned, they're also lightweight and stackable. They could be reused as small storage for all kinds of things around the house: buttons, tacks, nails and screws, game pieces, paper clips . . . you know, all those little odds and ends that dwell among the dust bunnies at the bottom of your junk drawer.
Reusing these dipping sauce containers combines two things I love, love, love: reducing waste and saving money!!
Jane Hogeterp Koopman
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