Crystal Bead Storage
5 August 2010
Author: Dale Nicholson
Since I have quite a diverse stash of crystals, I was looking for that perfect crystal bead storage box that would help me sort everything out. Well, I am happy to say that these crystal clear storage containers did the job for me. Every piece in my collection fit nicely and orderly. The twin containers allowed me to pair the crystal color and the AB version of each color together. This makes the process of planning a design so much easier – at the same time, you can see the color choices and can quickly assess how many pieces you have on hand.
These small but versatile crystal clear containers come in two dominant shapes. The small is tall and skinny and the large is fatter (more like the conventional flip top styles available on the market). The little slide top is great for filling up with beads, although it does take some getting used to - sometimes you need to hold it open if pouring out crystals. Both of these nice container shapes fit neatly in an outer storage box. The best feature for me is that this outer box has an interlocking rim on the top. This allows the outer box to stack and stay together clearly.
Here’s a quick guide to what size fits best in what container – I have given the approximate quantities for bicone crystal beads as a good reference:
4MM Bicone Beads
Small Twin – max qty: about 50 pieces
Small Single – max qty: about 130 pieces
Large Twin – max qty: about 136 pieces
Large Single – max qty: about 270 pieces
6MM Bicone Beads
Small Single – max qty: about 32 pieces
Large Twin – max qty: about 30 pieces
Large Single – max qty: about 70 pieces
8MM Bicone Beads
Large Twin – max qty: about 12 pieces
Large Single – max qty: about 26 pieces
I like to store my crystal beads in color by size and also by style. When you start this sorting out task, you quickly see how deep your color stash is in your favorite color. This is like a fun color game, as first you pair up monochromatic colors, but if you find you have extra of one odd color, then you need to pair if with a slightly dissimilar color so that you can easily identify it. The odd color combos that might come together in this exercise are a nice change and allow you to “think out of the box” (excuse the pun) and explore new color options. If you look upon this “task” as an opportunity to get behind another side of your hobby, then you will always find a benefit in keeping organized!
As with any hobby, crystal bead storage and organization are important, and the process can actually inspire you with new ideas and combinations!