- SEED BEADS CZECH
SEED BEADS CZECH
We carry sizes 1, 3, 5, 20mm and 30mm, as well as Micro Bugles.
Czech bugle beads are 2.7mm in diameter, and are thicker than most of the Japanese bugles we offer. The Czech bugles have very sharp ends. The Japanese ones do not. There is noticeably variability in the size of Czech bugles from bead to bead. The Japanese bugles are very consistent in size.
Micro bugles are similar in size to Liquid Silver beads -- 1x2mm.
What I especially like about these beads is the randomness of the "flash" that comes from the random placement of single facets. This works great on clothing or on large bead-woven areas made up of all charlottes.
These Czech pressed glass beads have 2 holes. They are sold on 50-bead strands.
These streamlined Czechmate beads are constructed to work seamlessly together, providing endless options for new creations.
With their uniform dimensions, equidistant hole spacing, large hole diameter, and the strong yet soft-edge style, these beads are designed as "buidling blocks".
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.
These very tiny size 8/0 teardrops (apprx 3.0mm) come in several colors. These are sold on a hank. There is a wide range of variability in how the hanks get tied up, based on the variability in weights of different finishes. While hanks weigh between 80-120 grams, they all have approximately 4800 beads on them.
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SIZE COMPARISON CHART
The size of a bead is Very Loosely meant to convey the number of beads per inch. Thus, 11/0 roughly means there are 11 beads per inch. You will, however, see that Japanese 11/0's tend to be a little larger than Czech 11/0's, and that the size of a bead with a lot of effects on it will be noticeably larger than a bead without effects. For example, the basic transparent 11/0 will be noticeably smaller than the metallic iris 11/0.
Japanese 11/0 seed beads are manufactured by three different companies -- Miyuki, Matsuno and Toho. The shape of the bead varies slightly, depending on which company manufactured it.
|Seed Bead Size||Image||Approximate Length of 15 beads|
laid in a row*
|15/0||15 beads=apprx. 14mm|
|14/0||15 beads=apprx. 15mm|
|13/0||15 beads=apprx. 16mm|
|12/0||15 beads=apprx. 17mm|
|11/0||15 beads=apprx. 19mm|
|10/0||15 beads=apprx. 25mm|
|9/0||15 beads=apprx. 27mm|
|8/0||15 beads=apprx. 33mm|
|6/0||15 beads=apprx. 43mm|
|4/0||15 beads=apprx. 58mm|
|1/0||15 beads=apprx. 72mm|
*NOTE: Different beads have different finishes and effects, which may or
may not add to the actual size of a bead. For example, an 11/0 metallic
lustre hot pink is very close to a size 10/0 bead, while an 11/0 topaz transparent
bead would be a clear size 11/0.
|Czech Bugle Beads Images||Apprx. Sizes|
|#1 - 2mm or 3/32"|
|#2 - 4mm or 3/16"|
|#3 - 7mm or 1/4"|
|#4 - 9mm or 3/8"|
|#5 - 11mm or 7/16"|
|20mm or 3/4"|
|25mm or 15/16"|
|30mm or 1 3/16"|
|35mm or 1 5/16"|
For bugle beads, Japanese use a different numbering system to denote sizes:
Size #1 = 3mm
Size #2 = 6mm
Size #3 = 9mm
E-beads in the 5/0 - 6/0 size are often referred to as E-beads, while other sizes of seed beads are not. This is probably to differentiate these from perfectly round beads -- which are not often available in sizes smaller than 2-3mm. If a pattern calls for an "E-bead", with no other delineation, it usually wants a size 5/0 or 6/0 seedbead.
On-Line Printable Graph Paper.
You can print images of graph paper for various bead weaving stitches.