7 ways to upcycle in beading

Posted by Julia Gerlach
on Thursday, June 26, 2014

The past few years have seen a lot of emphasis on conservation – "reduce, reuse, and recycle" has become a well-known refrain. I was recently looking through our archive of reader Tips and found several that can help you become a beading conservationist. Here are 7 of my favorites:

• Don't toss those scraps: Save short pieces of beading wire to make cute earrings.

• Don't needle me: Tote beading needles safely with old hair curlers. 

• Take two and bead till morning: Use an old pill bottle for handy thread storage.

• No more use for CDs? Transport your current beading project in an old CD carrier.

• Clamp down on waste: Use mini clothespins to hold beads in place temporarily.

• Get carded: Bookmark your favorite projects with upcycled subscription cards.

• Nothing to sneeze at: Keep your work space tidy with a leftover tissue box.

As you can see, beaders have been concerned about recycling for a long time. Do you have any favorite upcycling tips? Share them below!

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