I love to shop and I love shopping for unique things. My love for old things has me now shopping for containers for my beads. I first started using old tins because I bought them to cut up for bead caps, wings, pendants etc. I would pick up tins that visually appealed to me,then when it came time to cut them up I couldn't bear to do it. So I would mark them and sell them at the antique show. Then I bought a ginger tin I fell in love with, it was inexpensive and I loved the graphics. The same day we stopped at a bead shop and I put my purchases in the tin. When I got home I decided I really liked the size and put in my found objects for jewelry, and there they stayed.
I don't want just any old tin, it has to "speak" to me. Color, size,condition, graphics and price are what I consider before buying. Here are 4 I bought today on my shopping trip.
Here you can see the size compared to a spoon. I pay anywhere from $1.00 to $10.00 each depending on the above criteria. I did pay $6.00 each for 3 of the tins I got today. My favorite however, I went above my limit. It's the tin in the top right and because of it's condition and the fact that it is a tobacco tin and it's antique value, I paid 25.00.
Yes I know you can't see in them unless you open them, and I do use plastic see through containers for most all of my beads but I just love these tins and have filled them with watch parts, scrap sterling wire, special lampwork beads, and I do have a couple I use for projects. I won't be replacing my plastic bead boxes from Harbor Freight I just love those too much. But these tins are such and inspiration and look how great they look when I open a drawer.
These little silver dishes I keep on my bead tray to hold stray things I may want to use in my current project. I'm always on the lookout for little silver dishes but so far I've only found these two.
What unique ways do you store art things? I am always looking for ideas.