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sassybird
08-20-2004, 03:46 PM
I have been wondering what size seed beads come in and how they range from smallest to largest. My eye sight is not as good as it used to be, so I need to work with the larger seed beads. Also is there a good source for seed beads? I want to include bead work with some embroidery on a light jacket, and prefer to use the best quality seed beads there are.

Gingerbiscuit
08-20-2004, 04:11 PM
Hi Charissa, with seed beads, the higher the number, the smaller the bead.

6's and 8's are at the larger end. 15's are at the smaller end, and you can get smaller still.

Czech beads are not as regular as Japanese, but are more "donut" in shape. Miyuki and Toho are considered to be the better Japanese beads. Japanese are more cylindrical, although the colour lined beads are more rounded like donuts.

Delica's (made by Miyuki) are extremely regular and cylindrical. They slot together beautifully.

I use all of the above, depending on the project. My favourite are colour lined
Miyuki.

hth! :)

sassybird
08-20-2004, 09:07 PM
Thanks, Lynne, who do you buy your's from? I do all of my supply purchases via snail mail. I live in the middle of no where, and even Boise doesn't have a store for professional artists much less jewelry makers that I have heard of.

beclectic
08-21-2004, 01:00 AM
Here is a site with almost every type of seed bead.

Beadwarehouse (http://www.beadwarehouse.com/seed%20bead%20index.htm)

Here is some useful information (http://www.beadwarehouse.com/seedbead%20information.htm) so you'll know what the sizes mean.

Beadwarehouse has almost every color available in Czech seed beads.

I learned to love seed beads at the LBS but I learned what is really available at this site.

Have fun!

sassybird
08-21-2004, 01:53 AM
Thanks, Barbara. I have bookmarked the site. They have some other neat things too:)

TheBlueBetween
08-21-2004, 02:31 AM
Here is some info for you:

http://www.landofodds.com/store/seedbead.htm

and

http://gaga.essortment.com/beadinginstruct_rsfm.htm

and

http://www.rings-things.com/BEADS.HTM

It's fun to watch you get hooked on these little pretties :) :clap:

sassybird
08-21-2004, 05:00 AM
It's fun to watch you get hooked on these little pretties :) :clap:

LOL I wish my husband felt the same way:D I have done a lot of trading with the folks here in the fourm to keep me involved in the work. So much of my art work has gone out in the mail that I am having to knuckled down and get more done:) You lampworkers do such beautiful work, and since my husband already has a spot picked out to stake me in the desert if I start another medium I had best stick to trading and buying when I have the money.......lol

JavaGirlBT
08-21-2004, 08:30 AM
I buy my seedbeads from www.whimbeads.com . I find that they have pretty excellent prices on their seedbeads - at least better than my LBS.

Gingerbiscuit
08-21-2004, 02:34 PM
Thanks, Lynne, who do you buy your's from? I do all of my supply purchases via snail mail. I live in the middle of no where, and even Boise doesn't have a store for professional artists much less jewelry makers that I have heard of.

I buy whenever I have the opportunity to buy in the States! Your prices and availability are so much better than here! I see you have been given some great links.