My previous storage method- spice racks just wasn’t working anymore. The spice racks were great for hanks of Czech beads. They are, however, heavy and large when you have 150+ jars.
|A spice rack full of Czech seed beads|
I will always believe glass containers are the best as they are more transparent than plastic. Plastic baggies were not an answer. I really dislike the plastic tubes many of my beads are sold in so those were ruled out.
I thought I found the answer in 4 dram glass vials. These are a generous size for 10 grams of Delicas. You can get these at bargain prices on e-bay if you wait for an auction. The glass vials did not work out because the tops came loose when the plastic storage boxes they were stored in were moved. Not every top came loose, it was always just 1 and not the same top every time nor every time I moved the storage box. Nonetheless, it was clear this was not going to work out.
|Storage New and Newest|
More choices followed. I considered those tic-tac style boxes because you can store them on their side and it makes viewing the colors easy. However, I read that the tops are not always tight and that is why I gave up on the vials. As I sometimes travel with my beads I did not want “stacking” jars. Each container had to have a lid. I opted for Darice Bead Storage Jars labeled as Clear “EZ” View with Screw Top Lids. I bought sets of larger jars measuring 47 mm (2 inch) high for my Czech beads and 21 mm high jars for my Delicas. The 21 mm jar holds about 10 grams of Delicas.
|Lots of Czech Beads|
|More Czech Beads|
One final note, I create labels for inside each container with Bead Style (e.g. Delica) Color Name, Size, Source, Identifying Number (if applicable) and cost.
|Just another photo of the same Czech Beads|