Seed Beads

I round beads, also known as rocaille, are produced in Japan, ivslov.-ikiii India. France, and China, and are available in a wide . r ety of sizes, including 6, 8, 11, and 15 (mm), and in many different

All these beads work well for most of the beadweaving techniques, i uding freeform work, since they are round, polished beads that blend and mold together well.

lapam-sc seed beads in sizes H, 11, and 15.

▼ Triangle beads

Triangle beads are generally available in sizes 5, 8, and 10mm, in a very wide range of colors and finishes. They give great added shape and texture to a design. Although the beads are triangular in shape, the hole through the center of the bead is sometimes round. This does not affect the bead in any way, and interestingly enough, triangle beads sit very well next to each other when working such stitches as peyote and herringbone, quite like the scales of an animal.

lapam-sc seed beads in sizes H, 11, and 15.

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These long, cylindrical tubes are available in several sizes including 4 and 6mm. Most seed beads are "tumbled" while in the factory, but bugle beads generally are not, which can mean the ends are very sharp, often resulting in broken thread. It is well worth discarding these, and buying the best quality available. The Japanese bugles tend to be very smooth-edged, but you still need to keep an eye out for sub-standard beads.

ACube beads

The most commonly used and often easiest size to locate are 4mm cubes. Generally they have round holes through the center and are available in a large range of colors and finishes. They are popular with designers because the beads have straight edges which give designs added strength and stability.

AJapanese cylinder beads

These are small cylinder beads with an extra large hole. They are among the most regular, uniform beads you will find in the world today. Due to the way these beads sit together, they are wonderful for creating pictorial or patterned beadwork These beads are unmistakable due to their extreme high quality.

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