Seed Beads are, as one might expect, the size of seeds. See our list of
Most bead sites will have a links list where you could find additional vendors,
have long lists of bead sellers, and you query on the Internet at a search engine such as http://www.google.com Just remember that the words 'bead' and 'beading' are used in more than bead art. It can be helpful to query using more words (e.g. "seed beads") to narrow the search results.
See our list of Bead Sellers. Most bead sites will have a links list where you could find additional vendors, Bead Magazines have long lists of bead sellers, and you query on the Internet at a search engine such as http://www.google.com Just remember that the words 'bead' and 'beading' are used in more than bead art. It can be helpful to query using more words (e.g. "seed beads") to narrow the search results.
BEADS per Package
A typical package of seed beads (currently) can range from 5 to 40 grams, although a vendor may offer tubes, boxes, or packets of smaller or greater size, which may be just the amount you need. The number of beads per gram will greatly depend on the type of bead measured. Check the bead seller's catalog or Bead Glossary for the gram weight of their containers. There is nothing wrong with the container size varying from seller to seller; just look for the weight, or approximate bead estimate, to be clearly marked.
All of these charts are approximate: Check your bead seller's calculations, which should be specific to the beads they offer.
Remember also that you will need to cull the occasional mis-shaped bead or those with an off-center opening, particularly if you are loom- or needle- weaving. You won't find that peccadillo with the precise Delica or Toho beads, but one need not interpret these characteristics of other seed beads as flaws, only understand that bead artists commonly purchase a little more than a suggested bead count, expecting some bead personality that may need to be sorted. You may wish to keep and use the culled beads because opportunities for celebrating bead idiosyncrasies arise in free-form peyote, beaded dolls, and of course, bead embroidery.
Hmmmmm...So you don't think you'd ever buy a 1/2 kilo or kilo? Most of us started with a small 20- or 40-gram pack of seed beads. Before you know it, we were buying a half-dozen or more tubes of beads at a time, with fistfuls of pearl hanks and quantity lots of cabochons not far behind. Ideas and projects kept growning...then, we discovered THE BEAD SHOWS! Row upon row of tables heaped with wonderous beads like a Treasure...Oh! How the heart quickens! Maybe we'll just tuck those kilo to pound conversions away for a rainy day. Or you can always look them up on a converter site like http://www.convert-me.com/en/
Seed Bead Hanks
Like seed beads, bugle beads are sold by 12 string (or fewer) hanks, by tube, by box or by bag marked by gram weight. If you are following a pattern, and the size of beads suggested, the Artist's bead count will no doubt be accurate. Otherwise, making up a sample can offer an useful estimate, make note of your findings in your Bead Journal for future works.
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