Low-Cost Wire Organization

I've struggled for years with how to manage and contain all my loose wire. If you've seen how I age wire for jewelry-making, you know that I end up with lots of short lengths of wire. My previous method was to simply use clothespins to clip the wires together and store it all in a zip-top bag.  However, that wasn't effective at all as the wire often slipped from the pins as well as punctured the bag. I needed to find a new method and necessity aided my drive to make better wire organization happen. 
A quick trip to the dollar store and a few minutes of my time were all it took to wrangle all those wild wires. 

All I bought was: a three-ring binder, dividers, page protectors, and labels. It cost me all of four dollars to get my loose wire under control. 

To make sure the binder stays closed, I even made my own closure with felt and some adhesive hook-and-loop (velcro) material. 

The above pictures make the project pretty self-explanatory, but if you want a better look at my whole thought-process as well as the "Before", I did make a video on creating my own inexpensive Wire Organization
Now, I just need to figure out how best to store all the wire that's still on spools. 
Got any ideas?

4 comments:

  1. what a great idea! I never thought of a binder like this .... and I have the same bits and pieces that end up poking through bags, slipping off trays or better catapulted across the room in a mid wrap of a slightly too small piece of wire.

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  2. I like the idea - I keep mine in a container and they are all tangled! Not to mention how often my sleeves get hooked on the protruding larger gauge pieces and everything fall on the floor :)

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    1. Thanks Kathy! It work so well for me. I've actually been using it for a few months and the wire hasn't poked through yet. Yay!!

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