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How do you measure out saffron?

Is there a way to get use measuring spoons to measure saffron? I've used saffron many times before but usually just guess at it. I'm thinking about trying a recipe for a saffron semifreddo that looks like I might have to be more precise, and it calls for a 1/4 teaspoon of saffron. I might be dumb, but how do you 'spoon' out something that comes in threads? Is there a good way to estimate?

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