|I love using clear elastic but have often thrown the whole jumbled mess away because I couldn't find the end and it seemed stuck together. Well my new supply was in danger of heading down the same path, until I gave it some thought. Using my "string thing" I threaded the end through a plastic drinking straw (which I purchased after reading a tip about storing a bobbin with its corresponding thread spool--didn't work for me). I put the wrapped elastic, threaded throught the straw, in a zip lock bag with the straw sticking out a little. Now I can just pull out what I need and safely store the bag in my elastis treasure box.