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Picking up Fallen Beads
At one time or another, we all drop our little bitty beads and see them karoom all over the room. I have pulled up the carpet in the basement to make it easy to sweep up beads on the linoleum floor. A broom will gather up some of the beads on carpet, but not all. Wide packing or maskene tape works well for this purpose. The beads will stick to the tape when you lift it from the carpet.
Christi Paulton, Beki Gray and Annette both stretch a stocking across the nozzle of a vacuum. They then suck up the beads and place the hose over a container. Once the hose is in place, they turn off the vacuum and watch the beads fall into the container. Mary Gray from Seattle adds that she uses a rubber band to secure the nylon to the outside of the wand, leaving a little slack in the toe of the nylon in case there are more beads than she had imagined. Suzanne Thorp says the advantage to this method is the lack of sticky residue left on the beads by using tape.
Trish's favorite method is to have a dear one say 'just relax and ship your wine while I pick up the beads for you'. In the real world, however, she and Laura Hicks both use a small hand held vacuum so the beads can go directly into the small cup and then get emptied. Diane and Jane also use this method and say they keep a vacuum just for this purpose. They wash the cup between uses to try to cut down the dirt that also gets scooped up.
Carlos Haun writes "I use a gadget called a "Fluppie". I think I got it at Restoration Hardware a couple years ago. Waiters and waitresses use them to get crumbs off tablecloths. It looks like a little box, about 5 inches long, 2 in. high, and 3 in. deep. It has a horizontal rotating brush inside it. You rub it over the beads, and the bristles on the brush, pick up the beads and keep them inside the plastic box. It's very easy to open up the box and dump the beads back where they belong. It is not an electrical gizmo, just hand-powered by rubbing it back and forth on the carpet or floor."
And last, but certainly not least, Michelle uses her small daughter's desire to help. While Mom happily beads away with no interruptions, her daughter happily picks up the beads
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