Bead Leave it or Knot!

MIYUKI BEAD INFORMATION

There are three large manufacturers of glass beads in Japan: Miyuki, Toho, and Matsuno. In general, Japanese beads are of better quality than those made in other countries. Miyuki is widely recognized as producing the highest quality beads. The size and shape of their beads are more uniform and generally of better quality than those made by Toho and Matsuno. We have often heard serious beaders will not use anything except Miyuki beads since their finished work looks much better with Miyuki beads. Miyuki beads are especially good for peyote stitch, brick stitch, or loom work since the beads fit together nicely and give the finished piece a tile-like appearance. Below are some brief descriptions of the various Miyuki beads we carry.

1.5mm Bugles: Slightly longer than 11/0 Delicas, but otherwise similar in size and shape to Delicas.
3mm Bugles: About the same diameter as Delicas, but with a slightly smaller hole.
6mm Bugles: Same as 3mm Bugles except twice as long.
8/0 Delica Hex (DBLH's): Same as the DBL's, except hexagon shaped.
11/0 Delica Hex (DBH's): Same as DB, except hexagon cut.
11/0 Delicas (DB's): Cylinder shaped beads that are cut flat on the ends. Uniformity of the beads, makes them excellent for use in peyote stitch, brick stitch or loom work. Delicas are sometimes referred to as 'Delicious beads', since Delica means delicious in Japanese.
8/0 Delicas (DBL's): These are the largest Delicas. The large hole size makes them very versatile.
Drop Beads: Sometimes called 'fringe beads' since they are often used as fringe on amulet bags, earrings and necklaces. They are teardrop shaped and have the hole at the top of the bead.
15/0 Hex beads: Same size as 15/0 Round Rocailles, but they are hexagon shaped and cut flat on the ends.
6/0 Round Rocailles: We have just added these beads in 2004 due to many requests.
8/0 Round Rocailles: We've had so many requests that we've ordered these beads and they are in stock.
11/0 Round Rocailles: They are often referred to as 'seed beads' and are rounded in shape. Although the beads are slightly smaller than Size 10/0 Czech seed beads, the hole size is actually larger, which means you can thread through the beads more times. Uniformity of these beads makes them excellent for loom work, peyote stitch or brick stitch.
15/0 Round Rocailles: Similar to the 11's but smaller. They are approximately the same size as Czech 14's, or slightly smaller than Charlotte Cut 13's. The size of the hole is larger than many larger Czech beads. They are wonderful for intricate designs that require smaller beads.
3mm Square Beads: Same as 4mm Square Beads except smaller.
4mm Square Beads: These beads are 4mm, however the size of the hole is large enough that they can be used on springy bracelet wire, hemp, leather cord, or other stringing materials.
5/0 Triangles: These beads are three sided with rounded corners. This is the most popular size of the Triangles.
8/0 Triangles: Same as 5/0 Triangles, except smaller.
10/0 Triangles: Smallest of the Miyuki Triangles.
10/0 Twist 2-Cut Beads: They are cut in a hexagon shape, are flat on the ends, and have a twist. They are similar to the 2 x 12mm Twisted Bugles except they are much shorter.
1.9 x 6mm Twisted Bugles: Slightly larger diameter than Delicas, hexagon shaped with a twist.
2 x 12mm Twisted Bugles: Slightly larger around and longer than the 1.9 x 6mm Twisted Bugles.


BEAD COLOR and FINISH INFORMATION

TYPE: The abbreviation following the color (M, OPL, etc.) is our attempt to explain what type of finish our beads have. Some of the beads may have two or more of these abbreviations

(D): Dyed (inside or outside of bead is dyed)
C: Ceylon (pearl-like finish, similar to opaque luster, but more subdued and the colors are often softer)
DC GA: Duracoat Galvanized (very durable galvanized finish)
DC GA MA: Duracoat Galvanized Matte (very durable galvanized finish with a frosted appearance)
DC SL (D): Duracoat Silver Lined Dyed (very durable finish, hole of the bead is silver lined, bead is dyed)
DC SL MA (D): Duracoat Silver Lined Matte Dyed (very durable finish, hole of the bead is silver lined, frosted appearance, bead is dyed)
DC/O(D): Duracoat Opaque Dyed (very durable finish, no light passes through the bead, bead is dyed)
DC/O/MA (D): Duracoat Opaque Matte Dyed (very durable finish, no light passes through the bead, frosted appearance, bead is dyed
GA: Galvanized (chemically plated, finish is not as durable as the duracoat galvanized beads)
GA MA: Galvanized Matte (chemically plated, finish is not as durable as the duracoat galvanized beads, frosted appearance, opaque unless otherwise indicated, sometimes 2 or 3 tone)
GL: Glazed (Shiny finish)
ICCL: Inside Color Ceylon Lined (bead is transparent, inside of the bead is a different color than the outside, inside of bead has ceylon finish)
ICL: Inside Color Lined (bead is transparent, inside of the bead is different color than the outside, colors are listed as: inside color/outside color)
ICL*: Inside Color Lined Sparkle (bead is transparent, inside of the bead sparkles with different color than the outside, colors are listed as: inside color/outside color)
ICL* (D): Inside Color Lined Sparkle Dyed (bead is transparent, inside of the bead sparkles with different color than the outside, colors are listed as: inside color/outside color, bead is dyed)
ICL*/R: Inside Color Lined Sparkle Rainbow (bead is transparent, inside of the bead sparkles with different color than the outside, colors are listed as: inside color/outside color, with an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
ICL/R: Inside Color Lined Rainbow (bead is transparent, colors are listed as: inside color/outside color, with an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
L: Luster (pearl-like luster finish)
M: Metallic (has a metallic look)
M/L: Metallic Luster (has a metallic look with a pearl-like luster finish)
M/L/R: Metallic Luster Rainbow (metallic with a pearl-like luster finish and an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
M/MA: Metallic Matte (metallic look with a frosted appearance, opaque unless otherwise indicated, sometimes 2 or 3 tone)
M/MA/L: Metallic Matte Luster (metallic look with frosted appearance and a pearl-like luster finish)
M/MA/L/R: Metallic Matte Luster Rainbow (metallic look with frosted appearance, a pearl-like luster, and an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
M/MA/R: Metallic Matte Rainbow (metallic look with a frosted appearance and an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
M/R: Metallic Rainbow (metallic look with an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
MA: Matte (frosted appearance, opaque unless otherwise indicated, sometimes 2 or 3 tone)
MA/GA: Matte Galvanized (frosted appearance, opaque unless otherwise indicated, sometimes 2 or 3 tone, chemically plated, finish is not as durable as the duracoat galvanized beads)
MA/L: Matte Luster (frosted appearance with a pearl-like luster finish)
MA/R: Matte Rainbow (frosted appearance with an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
O: Opaque (no light passes through the bead)
O (D): Opaque Dyed (no light passes through the bead, bead is dyed)
O/GL: Opaque Glazed (no light passes through the bead), Glazed (Shiny finish)
O/L: Opaque Luster (no light passes through the bead, with a pearl-like luster finish)
O/L/R: Opaque Luster Rainbow (no light passes through the bead, with a pearl-like luster and an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
O/MA: Opaque Matte (no light passes through the bead, with a frosted appearance)
O/MA (D): Opaque Matte Dyed (no light passes through the bead, with a frosted appearance, bead is dyed)
O/MA/GL: Opaque Matte Glazed (no light passes through the bead, with a frosted appearance), Glazed (Shiny finish)
O/MA/GL/R: Opaque Matte Glazed Rainbow (no light passes through the bead, with a frosted appearance), Matte (frosted appearance, opaque unless otherwise indicated, sometimes 2 or 3 tone), Glazed (Shiny finish), Rainbow (aurora borealis rainbow finish--often multiple colors)
O/MA/L: Opaque Matte Luster (no light passes through the bead, with a frosted appearance and pearl-like luster finish)
O/MA/L/R: Opaque Matte Luster Rainbow (no light passes through the bead, with a frosted appearance and pearl-like luster and an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
O/MA/R: Opaque Matte Rainbow (no light passes through the bead, with a frosted appearance and an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
O/R: Opaque Rainbow (no light passes through the bead, with an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
Opal: Opal (opal-like finish)
Opal R: Opal Rainbow (opal-like finish with an aurora borealis finish)
Opal SL: Opal Silver Lined (opal-like finish, the hole of bead is silver lined)
Opal SL/R: Opal Silver Lined Rainbow (opal-like finish, the hole of bead is silver lined, with aurora borealis finish)
PI: Picasso (very mottled appearance, often looks like semi-precious beads)
R: Rainbow (aurora borealis rainbow finish--often multiple colors)
R/L: Rainbow Luster (aurora borealis rainbow finish with a pearl-like luster finish)
S-MA: Semi-Matte (not quite a matte finish, not quite shiny either)
S-MA/GA: Semi-Matte Galvanized (not as shiny as most beads, but not quite a matte finish either, chemically plated, finish is not as durable as the duracoat galvanized beads)
Satin: Satin (outside of bead is etched, giving the bead a satin-like appearance)
Satin (D): Satin Dyed (outside of bead is etched, giving the bead a satin-like appearance, bead is dyed)
Satin I/D: Satin Inside Dyed (outside of bead is etched, giving the bead a satin-like appearance, inside of bead is dyed)
Satin I/D/R: Satin Inside Dyed Rainbow (outside of bead is etched, giving the bead a satin-like appearance, inside of bead is dyed, with an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
Satin/L: Satin Luster(outside of bead is etched, giving the bead a satin-like appearance with a pearl-like luster finish)
Satin/R: Satin Rainbow (outside of bead is etched, giving the bead a satin-like appearance, with an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
Satin/SL: Satin Silver Lined (outside of bead is etched, giving the bead a satin-like appearance, hole of bead is silver lined)
Satin/SL/R: Satin Silver Lined Rainbow (outside of bead is etched, giving the bead a satin-like appearance, hole of bead is silver lined, with an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
SC: Special Coating
SL: Silver Lined (hole of bead is silver lined)
SL/R: Silver Lined Rainbow (hole of bead is silver lined, with an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
T: Transparent (light passes through the bead)
T (D): Transparent Dyed (light passes through the bead, bead is dyed)
T/ICL/P: Transparent Inside Color Lined Pearlized (transparent, inside of the bead is a different color than outside, colors are listed as: inside color/outside color, with a pearlized finish)
T/L: Transparent Luster (light passes through the bead and it has a slight pearlized finish)
T/L/R: Transparent Luster Rainbow (light passes through the bead, with a pearl-like luster and an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
T/MA: Transparent Matte (light passes through the bead, frosted finish)
T/MA (D): Transparent Matte Dyed (light passes through the bead, frosted finish, bead is dyed)
T/MA/L: Transparent Matte Luster (light passes through the bead, frosted appearance with pearl-like luster finish)
T/MA/R: Transparent Matte Rainbow (light passes through the bead, with a frosted appearance and an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
T/Opal SL: Transparent Opal Silver Lined (light passes through the bead, with an opal-like finish, the hole of bead is silver lined)
T/Opal SL (D): Transparent Opal Silver Lined Dyed (light passes through the bead, with an opal-like finish, the hole of bead is silver lined, inside or outside of bead is dyed)
T/PI: Transparent Picasso (light passes through the bead, very mottled appearance)
T/R: Transparent Rainbow (light passes through the bead, with an aurora borealis rainbow finish)
T/R/L: Transparent Rainbow Luster (light passes through the bead, with an aurora borealis rainbow finish and a luster finish)
T/S-MA: Transparent Semi-Matte (light passes through the bead, with a finish not as shiny as most beads, but not quite a matte finish either)
T/SL: Transparent Silver Lined (light passes through the bead, hole of bead is silver lined)
T/SL (D): Transparent Silver Lined Dyed (light passes through the bead, hole of bead is silver lined, bead is dyed)
T/SL/MA: Transparent Silver Lined Matte (light passes through the bead, hole of bead is silver lined, with a frosted appearance)
T/SL/R: Transparent Silver Lined Rainbow (light passes through the bead, hole of bead is silver lined with an aroura borealis rainbow finish)
T/SL/S-MA: Transparent Silver Lined Semi-Matte (light passes through the bead, hole of bead is silver lined, not as shiny as most beads finish, but not quite a matte finish either)
T/SL/S-MA (D): Transparent Silver Lined Semi-Matte Dyed (light passes through the bead, hole of bead is silver lined, not as shiny as most beads finish, but not quite a matte finish either, bead is dyed)


DELICA BEAD FADING INFORMATION

Please view our Fading PDF here


BEAD COUNT PER GRAM CHART

Miyuki Bead Type #/GM #/50GM #/100GM #/250GM #/500GM #/KILO
10 Twist cut874,3508,70021,75043,50087,000
11 Round Rocailles1105,50011,00027,50055,000110,000
15 Hex27213,60027,20068,000136,000272,000
15 Round Rocailles27213,60027,20068,000136,000272,000
6 Round Rocailles126001,2003,0006,00012,000
8 Round Rocailles402,0004,00010,00020,00040,000
Bugle Bead 1.5mm1678,35016,70041,75083,500167,000
Bugle Bead 3mm954,7509,50023,75047,50095,000
Bugle Bead 6mm361,8003,6009,00018,00036,000
Bugle Twist 1.9X6mm321,6003,2008,00016,00032,000
Bugle Twist 2X12mm178501,7004,2508,50017,000
Delica Bead (11)20010,00020,00050,000100,000200,000
Delica Bead (8)331,6503,3008,25016,50033,000
Delica Hex (11)20010,00020,00050,000100,000200,000
Drop Beads201,0002,0005,00010,00020,000
Square Bead 3X3211,0502,1005,25010,50021,000
Square Beads 4X4126001,2003,0006,00012,000
Triangle size 10603,0006,00015,00030,00060,000
Triangle size 5147001,4003,5007,00014,000
Triangle size 8331,6503,3008,25016,50033,000
Courtesy of C&GG Beads, Inc. 1-800-601-9973

Above quantities are averaged/approximated. Each bead finish may cause count variations.
This information is intended to be an informational aid in ordering and/or preparation of listed Miyuki Beads.


TUBE GRAM AND COUNT CHART

Miyuki Bead Type Grams per 1C -3" tube Grams per 1A -3" tube Grams per 1B -6" tube #/GM #/1C #/1A #/1B

Grams* per Tubes Bead Count* per Tubes
10 Twist cut61124875229572,088
11 Round Rocailles814291108801,5403,190
15 Hex712262721,9043,2647,072
15 Round Rocailles814292722,1763,8087,888
6 Round Rocailles612251272144300
8 Round Rocailles592040200360800
Bugle Bead 1.5mm712241671,1692,0044,008
Bugle Bead 3mm71225956651,1402,375
Bugle Bead 6mm592036180324720
Bugle Twist 1.9X6mm592132160288672
Bugle Twist 2X12mm47151768119255
Delica Bead (11)611242001,2002,2004,800
Delica Bead (8)6112333198363759
Delica Hex (11)712252001,4002,4005,000
Drop Beads6153120120300620
Square Bead 3X36122821126252588
Square Beads 4X4612251272144300
Triangle size 1081430604808401,800
Triangle size 5714291498196406
Triangle size 88143033264462990
Courtesy of C&GG Beads, Inc. 1-800-601-9973

*Above quantities are averaged/approximated. Each bead finish may cause count variations.
*This information is intended to be an informational aid in ordering and/or preparation of listed Miyuki Beads.