I have a beading pet peeve: I dislike rolling beads falling from my design table to the floor.
Beads and other small craft items may roll and move away from you when you are attempting to handle them. This is an annoying fact; beads roll, beads drop. Here are eight ideas to stop beads from moving. Perhaps one solution listed will work nicely for your needs.
Rolling Bead Solutions
1. Use a “sticky mat” A sticky mat is a gel-like, somewhat “sticky” surface that clings to beads readily. This surface type is also sold to hold cell phones in place when placed on a car dashboard. I personally have not used such a mat but, I assume that they would work for stopping the roll of beads. Gathering dust on the surface would be my main concern for loss of traction.
2. Use a design board A design board has a few designated compartment sections for beads however, it generally does not have a lip around it to stop beads from falling off the base into the table or floor. They are relatively inexpensive however, and come in a variety of sizes.
3. Use a felt mat I often use a square piece of felt at the base of my work area. I place it closest to me, and up against my design board. For the most part it works…until a bead bounces off of that area. Sometimes too, when I retrieve a bead, I gather fibers as well.
4. Use a box lid, or cookie sheet Anything under your hands or main work surface will act as a “catch-all” container. The key to working within a restricted area is habit. You will catch falling beads as long as you work in the realms of your containment areas. This suggestion is really low-cost, if you recycle.
5. Use a bead tray My bead tray has a flat surface with a lip, and one corner has a hole with a stopper lid. Small beads can be dumped out from the designated end and back into a container or package. It serves well to stop rolling beads but, it is best used for seed beads. Larger beads get stuck, this tray is also quite small to work over.
6. Use a drop cloth This is probably my next technique to try. I read that using Velcro strips and an apron, you can create a “drop zone” easily. Attach sewn Velcro strips to an apron end, and one strip to the underside of your work table. Wear the apron and connect the Velcro ends to the table and use the apron material to catch the falling beads. I guess I better sew myself an apron!
7. Use a low pile carpet square Place a low pile carpet square sample under your table or chair. Often times I vacuum up stray beads from my carpet area. Clearing up a few beads at a time from carpet below can add up quickly. If you use a Dust Buster or small canister portable vacuum, you can more readily empty out the contents of beads collected from a small area of carpet after each bead session. Provided there is no dirt, it serves a quick bead clean-up.
8. Use sticky tape lint brush A sticky tape rolling lint brush may work for collecting your small lightweight beads or buttons on your work surface. Try tapping it against rolling beads and stop them in their tracks. It also works well to collect threads and picking up needles from a slick surface.
Let me know if you have tried or are using any of these suggested methods to solve your bead rolling problems. If you have additional suggestions to aid in this common problem crafters and artists face, please share your comments with us. Club Creative Studio appreciates your feedback. I hope that I have helped you solve a problem by Sharing a Creative Solution.