The History of Seed Beads has been well documented in many excellent publications around the world and if this is of interest they are well worth pursuing.
Suffice to say that seed beads have been manufactured for many, many years in several countries, especially in Europe.
The technology used today in Japan produces a more regular sized bead thereby reducing the need to sort through the bead sizes and shapes before starting a project, resulting in less wastage.
The beads have a good hole size making easy threading and normally can take many fine threads through the same bead (as is needed in most designs) without making the finished article too stiff.
These are stocked in four sizes ranging from size 15/o (the smallest) to Size 6/o (the largest) with the most popular size for the rocailles being Size 11/o (approx. 1.9mm in diameter).
The "Delica" seed bead is the newest of our range and are available in a myriad of colours with different finishes.
Miyuki Delica Beads
The 11/0 "Delica" Bead produced by Miyuki is very different to the similar sized 11/0 seed bead (rocailles).
It is a square end cylinder bead with a large hole rather that the pumpkin round of the seed bead which gives the bead worker several distinct advantages for their design.
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Miyuki Seed Beads Size 15/o
or Petite Beads as they are sometimes known, are Seed Beads that are given this distinction due to the small outside size.
The size that we stock is Size 15/o (approx. 1.5mm in diameter) and these literal "grains of sand" also come in a myriad of colours and different finishes that match the "Delica" and larger Seed Beads
Miyuki Seed Beads size 11/0
The size 11/0 is approximately 1.9mm diameter x 1.7mm long.
It is the most popular size with bead weavers and clothing designers alike.
Miyuki's manufacturing techniques also ensure that the beads are regular in the outer sizes and have a generous hole size.
The seed beads are of excellent quality in many colours, coatings and finishes.
Miyuki Seed Beads size 8/0
The size 8/0 is approximately 3.0mm diameter x 2.6mm long.
Used mainly for that chunky project or end/dividing pieces in fine beadwork.
The quality and finish of these beads are on a par with the size 11/0