No matter how careful you are, no one is immune to accidents. And, drills’ tiny size makes them all too easy to drop. You never know when a child, pet or even a poorly placed cup of tea might send your drills flying. Because of this, it is never a bad idea to take steps to prevent messes before they happen. Here are a few ideas that could help you.
- MINIMIZE SCATTER
One of the worst things about spilling your beads is how far they tend to scatter. Fortunately, you can minimize the spread by underlining your work surface. Place your canvas on top of a beading pad, a piece of felt, fleece, or even a pillowcase. Anything that makes your surface a bit less smooth and flat will help keep anything you drop from bouncing all over the room. Another option is placing your canvas and drills inside a rimmed baking sheet. If you spill, you will just have to tilt the tray up and carefully pour the beads into their container.
- UPGRADE YOUR BEAD STORAGE
It’s all too easy to lose beads when you keep them in their original bags — especially if those bags are not resealable. And, even resealable bags have a bad habit of popping open at the worst possible times. Save yourself lots of frustration and hassle by investing in some nice diamond painting storage containers.
There are loads of different organizing solutions on the market, but diamond painting organizers are your best bet. Each case has individual containers to keep your colors of resin gemstones neat and organized. And, since each container features a secure, screw-on lid, you won’t have to worry about them tipping over. When it comes to preventing disasters before they happen, upgrading your bead storage is the most effective option.
- WORK WITH ONE TRAY AT A TIME
When working on a large canvas with a myriad of colors, you might be tempted to fill multiple trays with drills to keep the hues you need handy. The more trays you have out, though, the more likely you are to accidentally knock one over. To keep mishaps to a minimum, only work with one tray at a time. This is an especially wise idea if you have pets or kids who are prone to accidents and mayhem. Plus, working with one color at a time means that if you do spill, you will not have to worry about sorting colors.
- KEEP YOUR EXTRA DRILLS FROM COMPLETED KITS
While this tip won’t prevent you from losing drills, it will help ensure that you have enough to finish your project if you ever do. When you have placed your last drill on a diamond painting, don’t throw away the extra beads. Instead, place them in containers labeled with their color code. The next time your beads manage to roll under some cabinets, you will not be as concerned with finding all the lost ones if you have extras from a previous kit in storage. Instead, you can just sweep them up in your regular vacuum cleaner and use your spares to complete the project. When it comes to minimizing stress, it doesn’t get much better than that!
Diamond Art is meant to be a fun, relaxing hobby. While it’s natural to feel frustrated if you knock over your drills, there is no need to get upset. Take a few moments to calm yourself and realize that it isn’t really a big deal. Round them up using one of the methods mentioned above, and, if necessary, sort and separate them by color. Take your time and just think of it as a part of the process. Trust us — just about every diamond painter has had to deal with spilled diamonds!
Keep in mind, too, that when you purchase diamond painting kits from Diamond Art Club®, they include extra diamond drills. This means you don’t have to worry about finding every single one if you drop some on a thick carpet or into a gooey mess. In fact, should you find yourself in the midst of a level 5 disaster, make sure to check out our free accidental “Oops” insurance, where we’ll actually replace your spilled diamonds for free!