To the layman’s eye, all seed beads look the same. However, there is more than just meets the eye. We have different varieties of these beads and it would make a great deal to first understand each one of them individually for the sake of your project and purchases.
- The Czech Seed Bead
This usually comes in different shape than sizes and is slightly different from the Japanese seed bead. In fact, many have had a difficult time differentiating between the two. However, the Czech seed bead is cheaper and assumes an oval shape that is squashed as well as a hole that runs between the beads. Most importantly, this bead is usually strung on hunks.
- The Japanese Seed Bead
This seed bead comes in a wide range and is the most revered seed bead because it has precise cuts and its size is uniform. This bead has a large hole that makes it easier to pass a thread through a couple of times. Mostly, this bead is used by those that wish to off-loom when bead weaving. Some of the Japanese seed beads include; the Toho, the Myuki, and the famous Matsumo. Here is another interesting fact; people tend to confuse between the Japanese seed bead and the Japanese cylinder beads. There is a slight difference between the two as both can be used to make off loom bead projects but the cylinder beads are slightly smaller but both give a satisfactory finish.
- The Triangle and Hex Seed Bead
This seed bead comes in various sizes such as 5 to 12. This seed bead comes in either Myuki or Toho form. The former has sharp cornered triangles. These beads should not be confused for Hex cut beads. The Hex beads assume the shape of a Hexagon and are sparkly. This means that you will have to be extra careful when threading through the sharp ends. In some instances, you will hear crafters referring to these beads as two-cuts.
Seed Bead Sizes
When choosing seed beads always consider the size of the beads and note that if you wish to use more beads, you should always go for the smaller number. For instance, number 6 seed bead is much bigger than a size 11 bead. The size of the bead usually determines what part of the seed bead will go through an inch once you streamline the beads side by side.
Note that the holes should not exactly be in a row but always ensure that they remain parallel when you are stringing them. As for the finishes, always determine how you want your product to look. Some of the available seed bead finishes include; opaque, color-lined and Ceylon.
Consider weighing your options when choosing seed beads and see what will work for you. The burgle beads for instance come in sizes such as 1.5 mm, 2 mm and so on. The drop beads on the other hand come in either straight or twisted sizes. Whatever the case, let your seed bead sizes go in line with your project.