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Czech  11/0 seed beads are available by the hank (usually 35-50grams).     A hank is usually about 12 strands.     There are approximately 4400-4800 11/0 seed beads on a hank. There is a wide variation, however, in how the Czech bead factory workers tie up their beads into a hank, and then tie up hanks into a half-kilo.

 

 

BY FINISH

OPAQUE / OPAQUE AB

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TRANSPARENT / TRANSPARENT AB

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IRIS / RAINBOW

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METALLIC / METALLIC IRIS / SUPRA METALLIC

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LUSTER / GLOW

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COLOR LINED

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CEYLON / PEARL / SUPRA PEARL

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STRIPED

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SILVER LINED ROCAILLES

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TRANSLUCENT (GREASY) / OPALESCENT

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WHITE HEARTS

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MATTE / MATTE RAINBOW / MATTE AB

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MIXES

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HEX CUTS / CUTS

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Transparent beads are clear and tinted, and you can see through them.  Light is visible through the beads.

An AB (aurora borealis) finish is a rainbow effect on one side of the glass bead.

Opaque beads are a solid color.  

Silver-Lined beads have a shiny silver color-lining of a transparent bead.   The bead may be crystal, or any other transparent color.

Color Lined beads have a color lining of an transparent bead.   The colors vary, including special color effects.   The transparent bead may be crystal, or any other transparent color.

Matte (or Frosted) beads have an etched look to them.  

Semi-matte beads have a mixed glossy/matte finish to them.   They are a little brighter than regular matte finish beads.

 

Metallic and Metallic Iris beads have a metallized finish.   Sometimes, this finish rubs off.   Use a clear fixative like Krylon spray.   A Supra Metallic finish is a dull, not quite matte finish, but is very, very durable.

An Iris finish is a multicolor effect, which creates a rainbow type effect all around each bead, but also causes a range of color hues and tones within any mix.

A luster finishes creates an irridescent shine around the bead.

Ceylon beads have a pearlized finish.   Sometimes the pearlized finish has been dyed to attain a particular color.   A supra finish is a dull pearlized finish, almost matte, that is very, very durable.