Apr 19, 2014
I got an interesting question from one of my Craftsy students and thought I would share it with you. The question was about tips on how to build bead stash.
There are a couple things that I wished I knew then what I know now.... I'll share these tips with you.
1. Buy the best quality beads that you can. Even if it means you cannot buy as much as you would like. I bought loads of beads that I could not use as my technique and tastes improved and changed. The beads just wouldn't respond appropriately. I need very consistently shaped and colored beads that won't wear or fade. I ultimately gave away nearly all of those beads to a local school.
2. Invest in a really nice clasp. The time you invest in your work and beads shouldn't end with a $2.00 clasp that is made with 'pop' or 'base' metal. You can also substitute silver, gold or gold filled with bronze, brass or pewter for cost savings. You can even make a beaded clasp.
3. When I decide on a new color that I just can't live without, I will buy the seed beads in size 15/0, 11/0, and 8/0 - (sometimes a 6/0 too.) If available, I will also get a Delica or Aiko cylinder bead to match. This doesn't mean I will use all these beads at once, though I may, it just gives me options of sizes. I also buy two tubes or bags at once. That way I have enough to do the project plus some left over. The left over becomes part of my stash. The next color I buy, I like it to 'go with' or compliment what I have already. It begins to grow. As I build the stash, I start looking for 'holes' in my color choices. Just recently, I noticed I was weak in rosy purples and cool greens so I went shopping!
5. Do keep your beads away from exposure to sunlight. If you have a slightly faded tube of beads compared to the new purchase, I just dump them together and mix it. It just gives it a slight mix of shades and doesn't waste your beads.
I hope these tips help you in building your own personal bead treasure stash.
Happy Beading! Nancy