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A Definitive Seed Beads Guide

A Definitive Guide to Seed Beads

Seed beads are as essential to making jewellery as is an engine to making a car.
When it comes to seed beads, there seems to be some confusion and the usual questions gets asked regarding the size and needle to use with seed beads. Then we have different names types, manufacturers and country of origin which further confuses people.
Here you’ll find the most definitive seed beads sizing and information guide.

Some of the terms you’ll hear and people will often inter-change are seed beads ( generic), Czech seed beads, Miyuki Delica, Rocailles, Treasure, AikoToho tree, Dyna-mites, Ming Tree etc.

All of the above are referred to as seed beads in generic terms with the obvious reference to the fact that they are tiny and all look like seeds.

History

The original or vintage seed beads were made in Bohemia when it was a part of Austr0-Hangarian empire which became Czechoslovakia and yet again the republic split into two independent country the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Bohemian tradition of cutting glass and seeds beads is still alive but slowly dying out due to costs and the entrance of competitors.  Czech republic still offers the most variety and the quality is still unparalleled only to be surpassed by Japan in terms of consistency and uniformity of the beads. Lots of people credit Murano in Italy is the birth place of seed beads but this claim cannot be verified  – Murano did have a rich tradition of glass beads & glass making e.g murano, millefiori beads etc. Germany & France also had some presence earlier during during the last century but that tradition almost died. France had specialised in faceted metal beads and similar seed beads but that tradition is lost as well only to be picked by Miyuki from Japan when they started producing their Delica  seed beads.

Among other competitors to enter this market Japan produces the most uniform, high quality seed beads. Seed beads produced in India & China are of inferior quality but a lot cheaper – beads from these countries are not always uniform in shape and can have dye issues where colour from the beads is transferred to clothes. Most of the seed beads sold in retail markets is imported from China & Taiwan or India – unless explicitly stated that the beads have been imported from Czech republic or manufactured by Miyuki from Japan.

Japanese Seed Beads

The Japanese seed beads are perhaps the best quality seed beads in the market today and are mainly manufactured by three big companies – Matsuno, Toho and Miyuki.  Toho and Miyuki has a very strong brand name and often their seeds beads are sold as Toho seed beads and Miyuki seed beads respectively.  Since the quality in terms of the shape of the seed beads is high, you’ll get their beads to be symmetric, uniform and the consistency is always there. With this quality and consistency, comes higher prices as well. A word of caution, the beading size will differ from the rest of the seed beads e.g Japanese seed beads seems to be taller and the hole is also wider compared to its diameter.

Czech Seed Beads

The major seed bead supplier from the Czech republic is Preciosa and even though over the years, the Czech market may have lost some market share to other competitors mainly the Japanese seed beads manufactures at the high end and Indian/Chinese manufacturers at the lower end,  it still remain a sentimental favourite among many beading designers. Czech seed beads are pretty much the original pioneers in this industry and still offer  the natural softer and more natural round shapes, compared to the more precision-cut Japanese beads. Its more vintage, traditional and offers more shapes and is still a pioneer in offering more versatility as well as more colours. Most artists prefer the authentic Czech beads in embroidery, clothing and other handicrafts due to the natural look and feel of the Czech seed beads – the fact the hole is slightly bigger and you can pass threading multiple time is also an added advantage.

Indian & Chinese Seed  Beads

Seed beads manufactured in both China & India are very similar in make & feel and often the difference in not visible to a naked eye. However, these are cheaper versions and consistency might be lacking but some Chinese manufactures are known for producing high quality seed beads.  These seeds beads may not be suitable in a Peyote, brick stitch, look work or even some high end fashion designs or clothing due to their unevenness and the fact that the uniformity of the beads is missing.  These are ideal for necklaces, bracelets where this unevenness may actually add some contrast but threading these seed beads might also be frustrating & difficult at times as the holes may not be uniform either.

Seed Beads Types

There are too many types and it will be difficult to mention all of them as the seed beads styles keep on evolving but I’ll touch on the main types.


Round Seed Beads: 
These are the most common embroidery, jewellery making beads and I do not know of any  jewellery making supplies or a beads shop that does not have these beads. You can find the below types of round seed beads

Clear:  Round beads which are transparent or clear in colour – probably the most commonly used seed beads.

Opaque:  Opaque seed beads are solid colour coated beads. Miyuki uses galvanised Duracoat technology to create them. To determine if these are solid enough you can hold them to light and see if light passes through them or not. A properly formed opaque seed beads will not allow light to pass through.
Lustre: Lustre seed beads are again coated seed beads to give it the extra shine. Regular coated or lustre beads will last and retain their colour. Colours will normally not rub off, fade or change due to wear & tear or UV light. Some died or special lustre beads like gold etc might fade and are not that durable. Most of the renowned and reputable companies will not have any discolouration or fading problems.

Two-tone: Two tone seed beads are an amalgamation of two colours interwined into a single bead. You can use a number of colours to mix and match to produce any two tone seed beads. Two tone beads are now available in different shapes & pretty much all different combinations.

Silver lined:  Silver lined beads are usually transparent or a clear outer layer but inside the hole there is a silver lining and it is the presence of this silver lining which reflects and is the shinny part. To enhance the reflectiveness, hole is usually square shape as it helps with the reflectiveness. The inside silver lining is very much like a mirror and behaves in a similar fashion.

Plain: Plain or clear seed beads are the exact same thing. Please refer to clear seed beads.

Colour seed beads: Coloured seed beads can come in any shape or form and hundreds of different colours. It would be an impossible to list all the colours as colours are often mixed together to create new colours and shades.

AB or Aurora Borelis:  Also referred simply as ‘AB’ , ‘AB Coated’, Rainbow or Aurora Borelis seed beads.  It is another way of coating the seed beads similar to an opaque seed bead but the main difference is that coating is done in such a way that the colour looks different from different angles ( iridescent). The coating is typically applied to an opaque or a transparent bead. The coating will contain many hues and mostly these come in darker colours where the effect is more vivid.

Bronze Lined: Toho, Preciosa and all major seed beads manufacture have these in stock.  These are similar to silver lined seed beads with the obvious difference that a bronze enamel/coating is applied to the inner hole which gives it the bronze / brown look.

Copper Lined: Similar to bronze lined as the technique is the same. Coating is applied to the inside of the clear bead to give it the effect of a reddish colour or copper look.

Colour Lined: Taking the technique applied to bronze and copper lined beads, it is extended to different colours and you have hundreds of different colour lined seed beads.

Delica: One of the most commonly used seed beads are these cylinder beads also known as Delica beads which are manufactured by Miyuki.  Other leading Japanese manufacturer is Toho which produces “Treasure and Aiko”. As stated previously the Japanese cylinder seed beads are the highest quality beads when it comes to uniformity, quality control since these are produced by state of the art machinery using the latest CAD programming, moulding techniques and sharp laser cutting. With this high quality comes slightly high prices but these beads are lighter than normal non-Japanese seed beads so if you are buying by weight, expect to get more beads for your money. These beads also have other characteristics which make them kind of unique – the holes in these beads are larger compared to the diameter and are considered over-sized which makes them ideal for scrapping, embroidery and a number of other projects. Mill Hill is relatively an unknown American supplier of cylinder seed beads and made an entry into this market via their magnifica brand –  it has been reported that their cylinder beads are actually manufactured by Toho beads company in Japan.

Frosted transparent:  Frosted & Matte are interchangeable terms and often refers to a dull colour due to a lack of shine, it looks a bit frosty.  It does have a polished surface which gives it a frosted look. These are solid colours seed beads and therefore no light can pass through. A number of techniques and youtube videos are available to illustrate the frosting process and already there are a few chemicals available in the market which can matte or frost your beads.

Galvanized: Galvanized seed beads are coated with a metal like substance. Miyuki uses Duracoat to galvanize its beads. The coating is shinny and after its application the beed looks like a metal bead rather than a glass bead. The coating will come off on the more cheaper and inferior qualities of seed beads. An alcohol/bleach  test can be performed on the actual bead overnight to see its proper effects. Exposure to sunlight may also cause a bit of wearing off particularly in the Australian summer.

Luster: Luster beads are also known as Opaque, transparent or opal beads. These beads look transparent have a definite shine and can be coloured into most colours. It is suppose to be a permanent colour and these are known to retain colour over time with the normal wear & tear.

Matte: Please refer to “Froster Transparent” section

Picasso: I think the idea behind these seed beads by Miyuki was a representation of an artistic work similar to Picasso.  These were introduced as part of the Miyuki collection & has spatter paint across them giving them a very artistic flair as well as an earthy look.  They could resemble gemstones but one thing is for certain tat each bead is unique and there is no symmetry between two beads other than the shape it represents. It uses the Miyuki patented technology “Duracoat” which is thicker and stronger than the normal coating.

Roccailles: Pretty much any round seed bead today is interchangeably referred to as a rocailles  ( pronounced as roh kai). However, historically the rocailles were round in shape but mostly silver lined with square holes. Toho has gone back a bit in the past and introduced new roccailles with square holes as demanded by customers due to their easiness in placing in different design works. Preciosa also uses round hole Ornela rocailles and are considered very highly for their quality.

Silver, gold or metal-lined: Very similar to any other lined seed beads – basically the only difference is the colour. The metal lining inside the hole of the seed beads for more durability and threading than for aesthetic reasons. Often the lining is silver, gold or copper.

Transparent: Round beads which are transparent or clear in colour – probably the most commonly used seed beads.

Translucent: A cross between transparent and opaque seed beads.  If you put them against a light, the light will pass through.
Treasure

Aiko: Aiko beads are manufactured by Toho (Japan) and these are manufactured to the most stringest standard compared to other seeds beads by Toho.  Aiko beads are available in an unbelieveable 1000 different colours and are the same size as delica and treasure beads.

Mill Hill Magnifica: Mill Hill is an American company which made an entry into the seed beads market through their “Magnifica” brand. It is a division of Wichelt Imports based in Wisconsin.

Dichroic: There are no dichroic seed beads available in the market at the writing of this article but what some individual have done is something totally amazing by creating dichroic seed beads  to an amazing affect by coating dichroic glass over cylinder seed beads. Since these are specialised beads and created by individual artists, expect to pay some good money for them.

Berry Beads:   Berry beads, Farfalle, Peanut shape beads refer to the same  – these beads look like a peanut shape seed bead or two beads joined together. Berry beads were introduced by Miyuki.

Bugle:  Bugle beads are from the seed beads family but can be classified as beads on their own. Bugle beads are long and thin like a tube shape which are cut into different length, size and colours. These can be cut, plain, twisted or hex and just like seed beads depend on their country of origin and will vary according to quality & pricing. Bugle beads can be used for any beaded jewellery projects, but also can be used in a number of other purposes like clothing, cards, craft, embroidery, leather – the longer bugle beads are great for lampshade fringe and dangling earrings.

Charlotte cut beads:  These beads are the most sought after seed beads and difficult to find and source.  These are technically also difficult to produce with any consistency in terms of shape and form as these are very small beads like any other seed beads and make matters more complicated & difficult, these are faceted as well to give it that extra shine and sparkle. You’ll find a lot of Charlotte cut beads as polished beads one one side of the faceted side.  A typical Charlotte cut beads has only a single side which is faceted but there are also Charlotte beads with two or three polished faceted sides on a Charlotte bead often referred to as two cut or three cut beads respectively.
The default size for Charlottes is 13/0 but are also available in 6/0, 8/0, 15/0 sizes.

Corolla beads: Czech seed beads in the shape of a four-leaf clover (PRECIOSA Corollas) are made by cutting glass tubes with a straight or super-twisted surface. Corolla seed beads come in four different sizes as well in twisted shapes.

Cube: as the name indicates seed beads also come in cube shape. Normally the cube seed beads come in limited sizes ( 3) but bead manufacturers are adding more sizes as the demand grows.

Cylinder:  One of the most commonly used seed beads are these cylinder beads also known as Delica beads which are manufactured by Miyuki.  Other leading Japanese manufacturer is Toho which produces “Treasure and Aiko”. As stated previously the Japanese cylinder seed beads are the highest quality beads when it comes to uniformity, quality control since these are produced by state of the art machinery using the latest CAD programming, moulding techniques and sharp laser cutting. With this high quality comes slightly high prices but these beads are lighter than normal non-Japanese seed beads so if you are buying by weight, expect to get more beads for your money. These beads also have other characteristics which make them kind of unique – the holes in these beads are larger compared to the diameter and are considered over-sized which makes them ideal for scrapping, embroidery and a number of other projects. Mill Hill is relatively an unknown American supplier of cylinder seed beads and made an entry into this market via their magnifica brand –  it has been reported that their cylinder beads are actually manufactured by Toho beads company in Japan.

Drop:  As the name indicates, the drop beads looks like a normal drop bead and the hole is drilled into the top/side of the seed beads rather than the center.  You’ll find that these are also used as fringe beads and often called as fringe or tassel seed beads.

Farfalle:
  Farfalle beads, Berry beads, Peanut shape beads refer to the same  – these beads look like a peanut shape seed bead or two beads joined together. Farfalle beads were introduced by Matsuno.

Fringe:  Fringe beads are the same as a drop bead ( see drop beads).

Hexagon or Hex: These are faceted beads with six sides as suggested by the name “Hex’.  These are amazing seed beads due to their tiny size and the difficulty of creating facets when working with such small sizes. Hex beads are mostly made by the Japanese manufacturers and also are known for a radiant shimmer.

Magatama (Drops): Magatama beads are very similar to drop beads but resemble a water drop more closely than a normal oblong drop. Magamata takes the meaning from its literal word in Japanese meaning “curved bead”. Magamata seed beads are manufactured by both Miyuki & Toho in Japan. Normally magamata seed beads are larger and broader than a drop seed bead.

Macco Beads: Macco seed beads are like the normal tube beads but are super thin & thus suitable for embroidery or clothing. Macco beads are mostly manufactured by Preciosa and are available in three sizes.

Macrame Beads: As the name indicates these are seed beads with large hole where a thicker threads can be use – these beads are ideal for macrame type of work. Usually you’ll be use wooden beads for macrame but seed beads are increasingly used for macrame as well.

Oblong: These are commonly known as Preciosa oblongs as these are almost exclusive to them. These beads come in two sizes 5 X 3.5mm and 10 X 3.5mm and according to Preciosa these are unique offering from them and are slightly different from the normal oblongs in that these have more rounded shape.  The oblongs are also available in bevelled  round edge

Peanut Shape Beads:  Peanut shape beads, Farfalle beads, and Berry beads refer to the same  – these beads look like a peanut shape seed bead or two beads joined together. Peanut shape beads beads were introduced by Preciosa.

Square (cube):  Having a square shape beads means you can have a larger hole which is ideal for threading thin leather as well. Preciosa has introduced diamon shape holes ( still square or cube beads) which has even better control. They offer both the conventional square (cube) as well as twisted square beads.

Star:  Very similar to Corolla seed beads by Preciosa but it has six round petals for ming a star instead of the four sides in a Corolla.

SuperUnos: SuperUnos are a diamond shape seed bead with a widened middle and a bit of a taper towards the end. The hole is a reasonable 0.8mm and comes in a variety of colour. The same colour pallet as SuperDuo and Rulla seed beads. A number of manufacturers are producing SuperUnos and SuperDuos seed beads

SuperDuos: Are very much similar to SuperUnos but the obvious difference is that they have two holes.
Tila Beads:
Three Cut Beads
Triangle
True Cut
Two Cut

Picture Type Description
Column 0 Value Column 1 Value Column 2 Value

Seed Beads Sizing Chart

Bead Aught SizeDiameter (mm)Hole Size (mm)Beads Per InchBeads Per HankBeads Per GramAdditional Notes
1/0 or 1º6.5
2/0 or 2º6
3/0 or 3º5.5
4/0 or 4º5
5/0 or 5º4.5
6/0 or 6º3.310210015
7/0 or 7º2.911
8/0 or 8º2.513288038
9/0 or 9º2.2153156
10/0 or 10º2.0163540
11/0 or 11º1.8194080110
12/0 or 12º1.7204440190
13/0 or 13º1.5224980
14/0 or 14º
1.4245580255
15/0 or 15º
1.3255800290
16/0 or 16º
1.26720900
18/0 or 18º
1.1
20/0 or 20º
1.0
22/0 or 22º
0.9
24/0 or 24º0.8

Miyuki Seed Beads Sizing Chart

Delica® 11/0
1.6
1.60.8
Delica 8/03.01.5
Hex 2-Cut 11/0

2.00.8
Twisted Bugle6X20.8
Twisted Bugle12X20.8
Fringe4X3.40.8
Mini Fringe3.3X2.80.8
Long Magatama7X41.4
Rocaille #151.50.7
Triangle #551.8
Square3.5-3.71.5

* Size is approximate outside diameter.
* Unit of measurement is millimeter.

Type Section Size HoleSize Shape PDF
Round
Rocailles (R.R.)

15/0 Extra Small
丸特小ビーズ 1.5 0.7 R.R. 15/0 See Sample Card
Round
Rocailles (R.R.)

11/0
丸小ビーズ
丸小ビーズ
2.0 0.8 R.R. 11/0 See Sample Card
Round Rocailles (R.R.) 
8/0
丸大ビーズ
丸大ビーズ
3.0 1.1 R.R. 8/0 See Sample Card
Round Rocailles (R.R.)
6/0 Extra Large
特大ビーズ 4.0 1.5 R.R. 6/0 See Sample Card
Round Rocailles (R.R.) 
5/0 E Beads
Eビーズ 5.0 2.0 R.R. 5/0 See Sample Card
Round Rocailles (R.R.)
1/0
EEビーズ 6.5 2.9 R.R. 1/0 none
Hexagon
11/0(2Cut)
六角ビーズ(小) 2.0 0.8 Hexagon 11/0 See Sample Card
Hexagon
8/0 (2Cut)
六角ビーズ(大) 3.0 1.1 Hexagon 8/0 See Sample Card
Bugle Beads
3mm
竹ビーズ 1.5 0.7 Bugle 3mm See Sample Card
Bugle Beads
6mm
竹ビーズ 1.7 0.8 Bugle 6mm
Bugle Beads
12mm
竹ビーズ 2.4 1.1 Bugle 12mm
Long Bugle Beads
30mm
竹ビーズ 2.5 1.2 Long Bugle 30mm
Drop Beads 
2.8mm(DP)
ドロップビーズ 2.8 See Sample Card
Drop Beads 
3.4mm(DP)(F)
3.4 0.8 Drop Beads 3.4mm See Sample Card
Long Drop Beads 3.4mm(LDP)
ドロップビーズ 3*5.5 Drop Beads 3.4mm See Sample Card
Magatama Beads
3mm(MA)
マガ玉ビーズ 3.0 See Sample Card
Magatama Beads
4mm(MA)
4.0 1.3 Magatama Beads 4mm
Magatama Beads
5mm(MA)
5.0
Long
Magatama Beads

4x7mm(LMA)
トライアングルビーズ 4×7 1.4 Triangle Beads 5/0 See Sample Card
Triangle Beads
10/0 (TR)
トライアングルビーズ 2.5 0.9 Triangle Beads 10/0 See Sample Card
Triangle Beads 
8/0(TR)
3.0 1.1 Triangle Beads 8/0 See Sample Card
Triangle Beads
5/0(TR)
5.0 1.8 Triangle Beads 5/0
Sharp
Triangle Beads
10/0(TR)
シャープトライアングルビーズ 2.1 0.8 See Sample Card
Sharp
Triangle Beads
8/0(TR)
2.6 1.0
Sharp
Triangle Beads
5/0(TR)
4.2 1.3
Square Beads1.8×1.8×1.8
(SB)
スクエアビーズ 1.8x
1.8x
1.8
See Sample Card
Square Beads
3×3×3(SB)
3x3x3 1.3 See Sample Card
Square Beads
4×4×4(SB)
4x4x4 1.4 Square Beads
Twist Beads
Bugle 2.0 x 6mm (TW)
ツイストビーズ(TW) 2.0 0.8 Twist Bugle Beads See Sample Card
Twist Beads
Bugle 2.0 x 9mm (TW)
ツイストビーズ(TW) 2.0 0.8 Twist Bugle Beads
Twist Beads
Bugle 2.0 x 12mm (TW)
ツイストビーズ(TW) 2.0 0.8 Twist Bugle Beads
Twist Beads
Bugle 2.7 x 12mm (TW)
ツイストビーズ(TW) 2.7 1.1 Twist Bugle Beads
Twist Beads
Bugle 3.4 x 12mm (TW)
ツイストビーズ(TW) 3.4 1.1 Twist Bugle Beads
Twist Beads
Bugle 2.7 x 20mm (TW)
ツイストビーズ(TW) 2.7 1.1 Twist Bugle Beads
Twist Beads
Bugle 3.4 x 20mm (TW)
ツイストビーズ(TW) 3.4 1.2 Twist Bugle Beads
Twist Beads
2Cut 10/0(TW)
ツイストビーズ(TW) 2.2 0.9 Twist Cut Beads See Sample Card
Macrame Beads 
(MAC)
マクラメビーズ 7.0 3.0 Macrame Beads See Sample Card
Delica Beads 
(S) 
Round 15/0(DBS)
delica beads 1.3 0.65 Delica Cut See Sample Card
Delica Beads
(S) 
Cut 15/0(DBSC)
delica beads 1.3 0.65 Delica
Delica Beads 
Round 11/0(DB)
delica beads 1.6 0.8 Delica See Sample Card
Delica Beads
Cut 11/0(DBC)
delica beads 1.6 0.8 Delica Cut
Delica Beads
(M) 

Round 10/0(DBM)
delica beads 2.2 1.0 Delica M See Sample Card
Delica Beads
(M) 

Cut
10/0(DBMC)
delica beads 2.2 1.0 Delica M Cut
Delica Beads (L)
Round 8/0 (DBL)
delica beads 3.0 1.5 Delica L See Sample Card
Delica Beads (L)
Cut 8/0 (DBLC)
delica beads 3.0 1.45 Delica L Cut
3Cut Beads 
10/0
3 cut beads 2.0 – 2.2 0.7 3Cut See Sample Card
TILA™BEADS TILA beads 5×5
x1.9
0.75

0.85
3Cut See Sample Card
Half TILA™BEADS Half tila 5×2.3×1.9 0.8 See Sample Card
Berry Beads 3カットビーズ 2.5×4.5 3Cut See Sample Card

Matsuno Seed Beads Sizing Chart

Bead Type Size/Quantity

Round Hole Rocailes = RR

round_hole

15/0=1.5mm 135,000pcs
12/0=1.9mm 44,000pcs
10/0=2.3mm 30,000pcs
9/0=2.6mm 20,000pcs
8/0=3.0mm 14,000pcs
6/0=3.6mm 7,000pcs

Square Hole Rocailes = SR

1

11/0=2.0mm 43,000pcs
10/0=2.3mm 31,000pcs
9/0=2.6mm 21,000pcs
8/0=3.0mm 16,000pcs
6/0=3.6mm 7,500pcs

(Hexagon)Two-Cut = 2CUT

2

15/0=1.5mm 17,000pcs
11/0=2.1mm 44,000pcs
10/0=2.3mm 33,000pcs
9/0=2.6mm 22,000pcs
8/0=3.0mm 16,000pcs
6/0=3.6mm 7,500pcs

(Hexagon)Two-Cut Bugles = 2CUT B

3

3.0mm(Φ2.1mm) 28,000pcs
4.5mm(Φ2.1mm) 18,000pcs
6.0mm(Φ2.1mm) 13,000pcs
9.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 7,000pcs
12.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 5,000pcs

Round Hole Bugles = RB

4

15/0:3.0mm(Φ1.5mm) 65,000pcs
3.0mm(Φ2.0mm) 24,000pcs
4.5mm(Φ2.0mm) 16,000pcs
6.0mm(Φ2.0mm) 11,000pcs
9.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 7,000pcs
12.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 5,000pcs

Square Hole Bugles = SB

5

3.0mm(Φ2.0mm) 27,000pcs
4.5mm(Φ2.0mm) 17,000pcs
6.0mm(Φ2.0mm) 12,000pcs
9.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 7,000pcs
12.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 5,000pcs

Cut – Off Beads = CUT OFF

cutoff_beads

11/0=2.0mm 44,000pcs
10/0=2.2mm 31,000pcs
9/0=2.6mm 21,000pcs
8/0=3.0mm 16,000pcs
6/0=3.6mm 7,500pcs

Twist Bugles Beads = TW

twist_beads

2.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 38,000pcs
3.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 24,000pcs
4.5mm(Φ2.3mm) 16,000pcs
6.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 11,000pcs
9.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 7,000pcs
12.0mm(Φ2.3mm) 5,000pcs

Drop = DR

dr

3.4mm 10,000pcs

Peanut = P

p_peanut

S(2×4mm) 15,450pcs
L(3×6mm) 4,300pcs

Spiral = SP

sp_spiral

6.0mm 16,000pcs
9.0mm 11,000pcs
12.0mm 8,000pcs

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Aromatherapy Diffuser Necklace

Aromatherapy Diffuser Necklace with Essential Oils

Aromatherapy diffuser necklace is called ‘Aromatherapy” as each necklaces usually contains a lava bead inside the locket which can be oiled with your preferred perfumed oils. You can buy multiple lava beads and change the bead inside the locket to enjoy different perfumes and aromas.

The demand for these necklaces is going strong as soon as these hit Australia late last year in 2017 and with new design necklaces added on a daily basis, we are offering a generous 50% off with your choice of the number of lava beads and essential oil pads. With new elegant styles, designs and affordability, one can assume that the demand will stay longer. The feedback we have received and the reviews left by our customers, that these receive more than the usual compliments. Coupled with the fact that you can use a number of different essential oils and perfumes and you are only limited by the number of diffuser pad you order.

So why not order this as a perfect gift – it will fit all occasions and add those special ‘scents’ for your loved ones. This is one of those gifts which is practical, stylish and will leave your loved ones truly in love with their new diffuser necklace. So get a list of your friends and loved ones and choose a necklace which will suit their personality the closest. We have a huge collection of different styles and you’ll definitely be able to match to your list of friends.

Since we are a jewellery design studio busy with creating wonderful jewellery and gift ideas with keeping your budget in mind, we are flexible in catering to your needs. Most retail shops will send the gift wrapped necklace as they receive from their suppliers but we custom fit the necklace to your instructions by adjusting the length. The length can be customised to 5 or 6 different length or any lengths you desire as we keep the chains and can cut it for you at no extra cost. You can order as many lava beads as you like and order extra diffuser pads.

Lava is porous and allows for oils to absorb and diffuse for several hours. Drop one-two drops of oil on the bead or put the oil on your fingers and rub it in the bead. You can reapply oils as often as you prefer and any oil that you like. It is advise able to apply a single type of essential oil on a bead – unless you know the art of mixing essential oils and creating a new perfume.

There are a number of kits which you can buy in the market which comes with a chain, a locket, lava beads in different colours & shapes, and essential oils. Since the aromatherapy diffuser necklaces come in different shapes, you can find matching lava beads or pads for the diffuser oils.

Lava beads as the name indicates are made from the molten rock ( real lava). Lava beads are also becoming very popular and are a perfect match for diffuser necklace due to their porous sponge like quality which is very good in absorbing oils and retaining the fragrance. One of the great qualities of lava beads is that these are very light weight and ideal for use in bulky jewellery and very easy to die them into different colours or cut them into different shapes as these are very soft to work with and a simple kitchen knife will do the trick.

Aromatherapy Diffuser Necklace can come in a number of different styles limited only to the innovation and styles of a designer but below are some of the nice one I could find courtesy of Invogue Design Studio in Melbourne.

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The Colourful World of Kashmiri Beads

Kashmiri beads also known as “Lac” , “Bollywood” , “Maruti” beads or “Srinagar” beads are pretty much the most colourful and artistic beads you’ll ever come across. These are old beads and manufactured locally but have burst into the beading scene no more than 5 years ago and taken the beading world by storm.  Also, throw into mix very similar beads which I recently came across from Indonesia and I simply call them Indonesian beads. (more…)

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The Mysterious World of Seed Beads

Seed beads are wonderful little companion in any beading or jewellery making projects. If you are an amateur or a season jewellery maker, you already have a complete seeds beads collection.  Australia beads offer a vast selection of seed beads already packed in small packs at very affordable prices. Seed beads can be categorised into further sub-categories but in essence these are those little beads which can be used in a stunning array of strings or as filler beads to enhance the theme and effect of any jewellery.

You would have heard many names in the trade and I’ll try to explain basically what they are and how to roughly use them but I leave their use to your creative designs, and to your individual flairs.

Rocailes Beads: Also known by its more technical or brand name of Preciosa Ornela. Since these beads are very small they are machine cut and are consistent in its size and are usually associated with high quality. Their origins are from Italty but since 18th century have been mass produced in Bohemia with latest innovation in technology, most are no precision cut achieved with a laser gun giving the consistency often demanded by embroidery makers and jewellery makers alike. These are often confused with Czech seed beads which are similar in some ways but are not quite the same.

By |2017-12-06T05:11:02+00:00November 30th, 2015|Design, Promotions, Style|0 Comments

Metal Beads Have Been Around For Years

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etal beads are as old as first metal/iron ore was discovered and carved into objects – before gold and other precious metals were used for making jewellery and jewellery making supplies, plain iron was used to make symbolic, cultural and later fashion jewellery. Most common metal beads in used today are ferrous based, aluminium, brass and copper to just name a few.

Metal beads are an essential when designing jewellery, whether it is metal based, a combo set, mixed with gemstones or other glass beads etc. Latest metal beads, like sterling silver beads or nickle based beads are exquisite and offer a variety of new designs, shapes and ideas. Gone are the days when metal beads used to be dense or bulky and weigh a ton – latest metals beads are lightweight (aluminium beads), can be made hollow and mixed with other light weight metals to make an alloy which can easily be bend and worked with.

In this article I’ll try to go over the different metal beads and what they are, what all the terms like alloy, gold plated, bali beads, hill tribe silver, tibetan, Napalese silver, real silver, gold beads, copper, pewter, aluminium beads mean? How best to choose your metal beads and what tarnish quickly over time and how to take care of your metal beads.

Stay tuned as I’ll go over each type of metal bead, its composition, metal make up, its characteristic etc.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Making Jewellery Tools

Jewellery projects may seem a bit daunting and intimidating or time consuming and may put off many people from getting into creating & designing their own jewellery. There are a number of advantages in creating your own jewellery as oppose to buying them off – first and foremost is the satisfaction you get by designing and completing a jewellery piece and satisfy your artistic inclinations. You get to custom design and chop & change what feels right or suit your personality, dress or occasion. You have the added satisfaction of using the choice findings & components to suit your taste and budget. Who knows you may hit the piece that other people would like to own and ask you to design a similar one for them.

The alternative is you by pass the designing stage and sourcing of the jewellery making components, tools and findings and buy something which looks appealing and catches your attention straight away. However, the purpose of this article is to invest in the necessary tools and findings to be able to create your own jewellery for a long time to come.

So lets dig in straight to the nitty & gritty of jewellery and see what’s a must to start your own project.The obvious immediate requirement & a necessity staring you in your face is “Tools” – a must have before you can even spell  jewellery.
There are many tools specialised and generic tools that depending on your budget you can invest in but let’s keep this thread for the beginner to intermediate level and introduce more advance tools later on. You’ll hear many terms in the article but don’t let it intimidate you – what’s more important is that you know what each tools does which will be explained later on.
Ok here it goes you’ll need:

  • Bent Nose Pliers
  • A Crimping Pliers
  • A Flat Nose Pliers
  • A Long Nose Pliers
  • A Round Nose Pliers
  • A Side Wire Cutter Pliers
  • A Split Ring Opener Pliers
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A great source of Sterling Silver beads & findings

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ustralia Beads has got one of the most extensive collection of sterling silver beads in Australia – this collection is not just limited to beads but also includes sterling silver findings, parts, jewellery making items and those hard to find little bits & pieces. All the sterling silver items have been imported from Indonesia and are famously knows as Bali silver beads. What is amazing about these beads is that they truly represent the most intricate artwork, reflecting the skills of the artisans who take hours to create these elegant and most exquisite beads. Carving these sterling silver beads and findings is an arduous and tedious process and once you see the detail in these beads, you come to appreciate the skills and the craftmanship of these artists.

Unfortunately the prices of sterling silver has sky rocketed in the last couple of years – I think it has tripled in last year alone. Our older stuff which we got at cheap prices is still being sold at prices from 2010 but all the new stuff bought in the last few months and all future sterling silver products will be a bit more expensive – very unfortunate but hopefully the price of silver will drop in the near future.

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By |2017-12-07T05:15:12+00:00November 30th, 2015|Design, Style|0 Comments

New 2016 Accessories

Beading supplies & jewellery making tools are an essential for every serious project. We have gone to all lengths to collect all the possible jewellery making supplies and tools in one place for oyur shopping convenience.

To start you off we have an amazing collection of EYE PINS | HEADPINS | BALLPINS and will discuss later the different sizes and uses that each one of them have but have a browse through & see if there is anything to your liking.

If you are after some top quality 0.925 Serling silver beads & sterling silver findings then we have a vast collection imported mostly from Bali and you will be pleasingly surprised by the intricate collection in our inventory.

By |2017-12-04T05:40:29+00:00November 30th, 2015|Design, Jewellery Making Accessories|0 Comments

Only the best beading findings & beads

Australia beads is built its reputation over the last 20 plus years on great service, the best fashion beads, beading tools and jewellery making findings in Australia – coupled with the cheapest prices as well as top class service. Everyone claims about their cheapest prices bu we actually challenge bead buyers to search the web and shop around before comparing the bes prices on the web to our prices. Take the challenge and shop around, we are confident you’ll buy beads from us.

Now what is is that Australia beads has which differentiates us from other online or physical beading stores in Australia?  Well according to a survey done on our behalf whihc involved our customers of last 20 years, it was definitley the price!!! No brainer there but some of the othjer top answers were quality, speedy service and the vast selection of beads, findings and tools. We have not lowered our standards after being in the beading business for 20 years nor have we dropped the ball on competetiveness or our determination to be the one stop shop for beading enthusiasts and jewellery making professionals.

By |2017-12-13T00:12:50+00:00November 30th, 2015|Jewellery Making Accessories, Men, Women|0 Comments

Meeting the Talent Behind Sashiko Southwest and Lodi’s Beads

The Joys of Teaching! Meeting the Talent Behind Sashiko Southwest and Lodi’s Beads

Rrecently I was in New Mexico teaching workshops hosted by The Northern New Mexico Quilters Guild in Santa Fe and The Bead Society of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I taught my Crazy Beading class to The Bead Society of New Mexico, most who had no previous bead embroidery experience. They were a focused group of learners and enjoyed themselves not wanting to stop at our 5pm end time!

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That day I learned about two great business which I highly recommend, both whose talented founders were students in this workshop.

Joyce Martin Perz has designed new innovative sashiko patterns, but not of traditional Japanese patterns.  She has created original sashiko patterns printed on fabric with a southwestern theme! Can you imagine Prickly Pear Cactus and pottery designs worked in bugle beads or thread stitches? Oh and other patterns such as a rabbit and fish which are not southwest specific caught my eye too.  Upon further reading I learned Joyce has done her homework and the rabbit and fish are based on designs of ancient people.  Joyce is in the on the left in the front row of the group photo.

By |2017-12-14T05:20:01+00:00November 30th, 2015|Design, Jewellery Making Accessories, Men, Women|0 Comments

Novice Beaders Go the Extra Mile

Two weeks ago I taught my half day workshop Beaded Spider with Beaded Web for The River Valley Quilters in Woodbury, MN. The entire class had no or very little beading experience. Last night I presented my lecture Beyond Bling: Using Beads as Vocal Points on Quilts.  I was thrilled and delighted that half of the students brought their finished spider and web to the lecture for Show and Tell. Each spider, like it’s maker, had a distinct personality

Mary Ellen Sax created a luscious mini crazy quilt around the block. Noticed she added lace, embroidery stitches, ribbon embroidery, and fringe. She even has it on a hanger that can sit on a shelf.  What a great idea!

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New! 3D Bead Embroidery

Beads are 3D, so bead embroidery should be 3D too!

You know the saying: If you have lemons make lemonade?  Well in this case it was: Have bead embroidery UFOs, make a new quilt! I removed the beading from two completed silk quilts which I was never happy with, made a new silk backdrop and added the beading.

Turn Up the Speakers, 2012    The beading is too concentrated in one tight area, to fit a piece of hand painted silk I had purchased for the project. The speakers need space!

This second art quilt with bead embroidery, I eventually added a multi color swirled silk piece as a back drop, which made it way too busy. I was so unhappy, I did not take a photo!

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Here is my newest bead embroidery piece Recurring Dream, the latest addition to my mandala series.  Measuring 33-inches wide by 44-inches long it weights 4lbs and has been three years in the making.

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Now take a closer look. Jenny Wilder photographed Recurring Dreams to emphasize that bead embroidery is 3D!  Isn’t it beautiful?

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