What is a bead mat and how do I use it?
Bead mats were (not suprisingly) originally intended for use by beaders. However, the mats are just as useful for chainmaillers! They do a great job of keeping your rings from escaping when you dump them out and can help you weave more quickly by allowing you to scoop up rings with a jump ring held in your pliers (see image below).
Check out the video below to see how using a bead mat can help you weave more quickly: