Seed Bead Sizes

 

SEED BEADS SIZES AND INFORMATION

SEED BEADS ARE MEASURED IN AUGHTS, THE AUGHTS SYSTEM OF CLASSIFYING SEEDIES IS WIDEL USED TODAY. BELOW IS A TABLE TO HELP UNDERSTAND SEED BEADS BETTER. THE AUGHTS RANGE FROM 1 TO 24, THE LARGEST SIZE OF A SEED BEAD IS 1 AUGHT AND THE SMALLEST IS 24 AUGHTS, ABOUT THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF SAND. SEED BEADS SIZE 5/6 AUGHTS ARE MOST COMMONLY CALLED 'PONY BEADS'  RATHER THAN SEED BEADS, THE 3/4 ARE CALLED TRADE BEADS AND 1/2  AND ANYTHING BIGGER ARE REFERRED TO AS CROW BEADS. MOST SEED BEAD WORKS ARE DONE USING 6 TO 15 AUGHTS BEADS, 6,8 AND 11 ARE MOST COMMONLY USED IN BEAD KNITTING. THE EXTREMLY SMALL CLASS OF SEEDIES WHICH IS ANYTHING SMALLER THAN A 15 AUGHTS ARE CONSIDERED ANTIQUES TODAY AND NO LONGER USED IN EVERYDAY BEADING PROJECTS. THE SMALLER BEADS ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO USE SO A BEADING NEEDLE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. MIYUKI DELICAS SIZE 11/0 ARE MORE COMMONLY USED IN WEAVING, PEYOTE STITCH AND BRICK STITCH PROJECTS.

BEAD TYPE SIZE IN MM HOLE SIZE IN MM MAZ SIZE WIRE TO USE IN GAUGE
1/0 6.5    
2/0

6

   
3/0 5.5    
4/0 5    
5/0 4.5    
6/0 4 - 4.3    
7/0 3.4 - 4    
8/0 2.5 - 3.1     
9/0 2.2 - 2.7    
10/0 2.0 - 2.3    
11/0 1.8 - 2.1    

11/0

(delica)

1.7 0.64 22

11/0

(dyna-mites)

1.8 0.64 22

11/0 

(precisa czech)

1.8 1.0 18

11/0

(hex 2 cut)

1.8 0.65 22
12/0 1.7 - 1.9    
13/0 1.5 - 1.7    
14/0 1.4 - 1.6    
15/0 1.3 -1.4    

15/0

(rocaille)

1.3 0.5 24
16/0 1.25 - 1.35    
17/0 1.2    
18/0 1.15 - 1.20    
20/0 1.0 - 1.17    
22/0 1.02    
24/0 0.091    
BUGLE   0.82 21
FRINGE   0.82 21
SQUARE 3.5-3.7 1.5 16
TRIANGLE 4 1.6 16

THE HIGHER THE NUMBER THE SMALLER THE BEAD SIZE.

USUALLY SOLD BY GRAM WEIGHT OR AT TIMES BY HANK ( A HANK IS UNIT BUNDLES OF SEED BEADS OR BUGLE BEADS)

 

VERSIONS OF CYLINDER SEED BEADS

THE TOP THREE  ARE THE HIGHEST QUALITY BEADS IN PRODUCTION TODAY 

DELICAS - ARE MADE BY MIYUKI.DELICAS COME IN 4 SIZES  15/0 11/0 10/0 AND 8/0

TREASURES - IS THE BRAND OF CYLINDRICAL BEADS MADE BY TOHO 

AIKO - IS A PRECISE CUT BEAD MADE BY TOHO WHICH IS RATHER NEW TO THE BEADING WORLD AND WAS INTRODUCED IN 2005 IT NOW COMES IN HUNDREDS OF COLOURS. 

MILL HILL - IS ANOTHER COMPANY ALSO MAKING CYLINDER SEED BEADS (WHICH ARE ACTUALL MANUFACTURED BY TOHO)

PRECIOSA - ALSO PRODUCE A DELICA AND UNICA TUBE BEAD

 

OTHER STYLES AND SHAPES OF SEED BEADS :

BERRY BEADS

MADE BY MIYUKI ANOTHER NEWISH BEAD TO THE MARKET. BERRY BEADS ARE PEANUT IN SHAPE AND SIMILAR TO THE TOHO BEADS

COROLIA BEADS

CAN COME IN TWISTED LENGTHS, THE COROLIA SEED BEAD IS A PRECIOSA BEAD IN SHAPE AND HAS A APPEARANCE OF A 4 PETALLED FLOWER WITH A ROUND MIDDLE HOLE.

CUBE BEADS

PRODUCED BY TOHO THESE CUBE BEADS ARE AVAILABLE IN 3 SIZES 

DROP BEADS ( FRINGE BEADS)

AVAILABLE IN FOUR SIZES AND ARE DROP SHAPED 

FARFAILLE BEADS

MEANING BUTERFLY DUE TO ITS DOUBLE DROP SHAPE BEAD MADE BY PRECIOSA

HEX CUT BEADS 

6 SIDED FACETED BEAD

MACCO BEADS

MACCO BEADS HAVE VERY THIN WALLS . SIMILAR TO A BUGLE BEAD BUT SHORTER

PEANUT BEADS

ORIGINALLY MADE BY MATSUNO BUT NOW PRODUCED BY TOHO HENCE THE NAME THESE BEADS ARE PEANUT SHAPED WHICH LOOK LIKE TWO DROP BEADS TOGETHER

MACRAME BEADS 

ROUND BEADS DESIGNED TO HAVE LARGE HOLES TO ACCOMADE THICKER CORDS

OBLONG BEADS

A ELONGATED SLIGHTLY FLAT SQUARE OR CUBE SHAPE MADE BY PRECIOSA

MAGATAMA BEADS

MADE BY TOHO AND MYUKI THESE ARE DROPS WITH A OFF CENTRE HOLE. THESE BEADS ARE BIGGER THAN THE NORMAL DROP BEADS 

ROCAILLE BEADS ( ROH KAI BEADS )

REFERS TO ALL ROUND SEED BEADS WIDELY USED IN SEED BEADING PROJECTS TODAY NORMALLY ROUND HOLED BUT TOHO HAS INTRODUCED THE TRADITION SQUARE HOLE BEAD

STAR BEADS

PRECISA MADE WHICH HAS 6 PETALS WHICH FORMS A STAR SHAPE WITH A CENTRAL HOLE 

TILA BEADS

A MYUKI PRODUCT WHICH IS A FLAT BEAD WITH TWO HOLE WHICH IS SQUARE IN SHAPE 

SPIRAL BEAD

PRODUCED BY PRECIOSA AND MATSUNO LIKE A TUBULAR BEAD BUT THE TWIST IS MORE OF A SPIRAL 

SQUARE BEADS 

SQUARE IN SHAPE WITH LARGE HOLES COMMONLY MADE BY PRECIOSA ALSO AVAIALBLE TWISTED LENGTHS

2 CUT BEADS

2 CUTS TO PRODUCE A REFLECTIVE SURFACE, EXTRA SPARKLE AND SHINE

3 CUT BEADS 

3 CUTS TO PRODUCE EVEN MORE OF A REFLECTIVE SURFACE MEANING MORE SPARKLE MORE SHINE 

TRIANGLE BEADS

MYUKI PRODUCED THESE TRIANGLE BEADS THAT HAVE TRIANGLE HOLES FOR MORE ACCURATE SITTING ON THE STRINGING MATERIAL USED . PRECIOSA ALSO MAKE THEYRE OWN TRIANGLE BEAD BUT MORE OF A TWISTED DESIGN.

CHARLOTTE CUT BEADS 

MOST COMMONLY AVAILABLE IN 15 OR 13 AUGHTS SEEDIES, THESE SEED BEADS HAVE PART OF THE SUFACE CUT OR FACETED TO PRODUCE A MORE SHINY SURFACE. SIZE 11 AUGHTS CHARLOTTES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE BUT VERY HARD TO SOURCE. CHARLOTTE IS A TERM FOR A SINGLE FACETED BEAD BUT CAN ALSO BE USED WHEN 2 OR 3 FACETS ARE ADDED TO CREATE MORE SPARKLE AND SHINE TO THE SURFACE. CHARLOTTES WITH 2 OR 3 CUTS ARE ALSO WIDELY KNOWN AS '2 CUT' OR '3 CUT' SEED BEADS.

 BUGLE BEADS

THESE BEADS ARE LONGER THAN THEY ARE THICK BUGLE BEADS THIN, LONG  TUBULAR IN SHAPE AND MAYBE TWISTED OR STRAIGHT. CANCOME IN PLAIN, 2 CUT OR HEX CUT. THEY CAN RANGE FROM 1/2" TO 2" IN LENGTH 

 

 

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