What are the different types of seed beads?
Generally, seed beads are divided into the following main types – Japanese Cylinder Beads, Japanese Seed Beads and Czech Seed Beads. You can find cheap seed beads manufactured in China but it’s often worth spending a little extra to buy the best quality beads which come from Japan and the Czech Republic.
What are 2 cut seed beads?
Two-cut (2x) beads are short glass tubes cut with a hexagonal cut surface. They are produced in the same manner as traditional seed beads, but after cutting they are fine tumbled and heat polished to get rid of any sharp edges from the cutting.
What is a Charlotte cut seed bead?
Charlotte Cut Beads are round seed beads with one single cut side. This one cut offers high reflective qualities. These beads are particularly popular for detailed embroidery and Native American beadwork. They are available in 11/0, 13/0, & 15/0 sizes.
What is the difference between Toho and Miyuki seed beads?
There is a big difference between Seed Beads from Miyuki and seed beads from Toho. Miyuki seed beads are far more indifferent than Toho beads. The seed beads of Miyuki are round, just like Toho beads, but some are a bit larger than the rest of the pack. Toho seed beads are mostly the same round seed beads.
What are Preciosa seed beads?
PRECIOSA Rocailles are the most used type of glass seed beads. They were created in Venice, Italy in the 15th century. These beads have been produced industrially in Bohemia since the 18th century.
What are cut beads?
Known as “Cuts” or “Charlotte” beads, these fine beads have tiny facets which cause them to sparkle, thereby giving cut bead work its distinctive beauty. Used on fans, gourds, medallions, barrettes, belts, buckles, dresses, leggings, aprons and more.
What are Japanese seed beads?
Japanese Seed Beads
They are made using state of the art machinery to give totally consistent shape and size. They have oversized holes, thin walls and are light weight, giving a beautifully uniform finish to bead weaving and bead embroidery designs.
What are glass E beads?
“E” beads are glass seed beads that measure 5 and 6 (often written 5/0 and 6/0, or just called sizes 5 and 6). Unlike other seed beads, their circumference is not perfectly smooth and round. Like many seed beads, “E” beads are usually made in the Czech Republic.
How big is a size 11 seed bead?
Seedbeads – Japanese seedbeads – Miyuki
|Bead size (aught)||Beads Per Inch||Bead Size|
|6/0 metal bead||3mm|
What size cord do I need for seed beads?
0.25mm (0.10”) wire is extremely thin and good for stringing or weaving with seed beads, freshwater pearls and small semi-precious stones. 0.30mm (0.012”) and 0.33mm (0.013”) wire is very thin and good for crystals, seed beads and beads with smaller holes.