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On sorting buttons by size.

We currently have our buttons roughly sorted by size (and some by color) into a mix of plastic bags and containers, but I'd like to organize them so I have less to sort through when I need a specific number and size of buttons for a project.

I have two divided trays (think of a floss box, only larger) to use and think sorting by nearest eighth-inch (into 1/4" and smaller, 5/16" & 3/8", 7/16" & 1/2", 9/16" & 5/8", 11/16" & 3/4", 13/16" & 7/8", 15/16" & 1") would be nice, but the tool I'd use to help sort, a Staedtler circle template (the top item on this page), is in Colorado and I'm not.

I am wondering whether it'd be more efficient in the long run to replace it or do simply draw a template in Illustrator and print it.

edited to add: I put a .gif copy of the template I drew up in my LJ photo space at http://pics.livejournal.com/oddharmonic/pic/0002ahyx/ .

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with_this_sigh
Feb. 12th, 2005 01:10 am (UTC)
trying the template wouldn't hurt. then if it doesn't work replace it?
oddharmonic
Feb. 12th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I figure it can't hurt to try, plus I can use the practice in Illustrator.

Then again, I'm always looking for a reason to go touch office supplies and giggle like a kid in a candy store. (:
with_this_sigh
Feb. 12th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
:) :) office supplies make me happy in a really strange way. hope it all works out :)

send hugs to laurel for me?
oddharmonic
Feb. 13th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
I wound up making a template in Photoshop and sorted several sandwich-size bags of neutral-colored buttons tonight. Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of them! I have to find the otherdivided tray, too. I'm having fun, even if it'll be awhile before I can appreciate having the buttons sorted by size.

I adore office supplies but I'm trying to budget, so I'm glad the homemade template worked.

Consider her hugged for you. (She just went to bed since she fell asleep before dinner and I let her nap because she was so grumpy. Now she's doing pretty good although she usually protests bedtime.)
with_this_sigh
Feb. 13th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
try maybe a larger floss box?
laurel is beautiful.
hope more pics come soon. I love reading your posts about what goes on in the world of melissa, vogon and laurel. Always funny, eben if not indendened to be . take care
sara
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