Category: Seed Beads

Tubelet Beads, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

Tubelet Beads

I can hear the groans as I type this. More new beads??!!! Well, yes. But I think you might actually want to investigate the Tubelet beads if you enjoy working with traditional seed beads....

Nib Bit Beads, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

Nib Bit Beads

What on earth are Nib Bit beads? This post is going to give you the answer, plus some links to Nib bit beading patterns and places to buy Nib bit beads. So, read on…...

RounDuo Beads, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

RounDuo Beads

What are RounDuo beads? Where can you buy them? How do you use them? Where can you find patterns and tutorials? If you asked any – or all – of those questions, then you’ve...

Iris Duo Beads, Katie Dean, My World of Beads. How many beads in a gram?

Iris Duo Beads

Are you looking for Iris Duo beads to buy? Or maybe you want some patterns and tutorials that use these beads? Are you simply just curious about what Iris Duos are? Then, you’ve come...

Storm Duo Beads

Storm Duo Beads

If you’ve found this post, then you are probably wanting to find out about Storm Duo beads. Maybe you don’t know what they are. Or perhaps you want a pattern that uses them, or...

Rulla Seed Beads, Katie Dean

Rulla Seed Beads

Continuing on my mission to help demystify all the different types of seed bead… So, today, let me talk about Rulla seed beads. Or you may see them just referred to as Rulla beads....

DiamonDuo Beads

DiamonDuo Beads

What are DiamonDuo Beads? As soon as you hear this name, you must surely think of Superduos and Miniduos, so once again, the clue is in the name. DiamonDuo beads are a little larger...

Bugle Beads

Bugle Beads

It could be argued that Bugle beads are some of the oldest ‘shaped seed beads’ around. I have classified them as seed beads since they fit into the sizing pattern that means they can be...

Superduo Duets

Superduo Duets

Superduo Duets are exclusive to the Beadsmith. If you are already familiar with Superduo beads, then you are going to love these. The bead shape and size is identical, but the appearance is defined...

Ava Beads

Ava Beads

Ava Beads are another type of seed bead, the brainchild of the Potomac Bead Company. These beads are made in the Czech Republic, using the top quality Czech glass that all us beaders love!...

True 2 Beads

If you are looking for seed beads with a little extra zing, then the True 2 beads may be just what you have been waiting for. Sold by The Beadsmith, I have been experimenting...

Chilli Beads

Chilli Beads

So what are Chilli Beads? The short answer is, a shaped two-holed seed bead. Designed to look a little like Chilli beans, as you are about to find out, these beads are interesting, distinctive...

honeycomb beads

Honeycomb Beads

What are Honeycomb Beads? The simple answer is, Honeycomb beads are another variety of two-holed seed bead. Currently made in the Czech Republic, they are six-sided so they will tessellate into a honeycomb shape....

Silky Beads

Silky Beads

What are Silky Beads? Silky beads are one of the many varieties of two-holed seed bead. They look like small diamonds, or squares (depending on how you are looking at them!) and they measure...

Petals Beads

Petal Beads

What are Petal Beads? Petal beads are made from pressed glass that has been shaped to give a slight natural curve, rather like petals. They have a hole drilled through from front to back,...

Quadr Tile Beads

Quadra Tile Beads

What are Quadra Tile Beads? Quadra Tiles fall under the very broad umbrella of ‘new shaped seed beads’. They were introduced to the market in 2014 by the Starman company. They are square in...

o beads

O Beads

What are O Beads? I first became aware of O beads in 2013. They look fascinating – like little round flat discs – and they first appeared on the beading scene alongside a number...

piggy beads

Piggy Beads

What Are Piggy Beads? Piggy Beads are made in the Czech Republic. They are little round beads, measuring about 8mm in diameter. Instead of being flat discs, the front of the bead has been...

dome beads

Dome Beads

Dome Beads As I write this article, Dome beads are pretty new to the beading market. They are made in the Czech Republic and come in two different sizes: 14mm diameter and 8mm thickness...

Magatama Beads

If you’re looking for more weird and wonderful seed bead shapes, then why not try Magatama beads? As with all the other seed beads, these are available in a range of colours. They also...

Rizo Beads and Daggers

Rizo Beads and Daggers

Rizo Beads I’ve chosen to talk about these two different varieties of seed beads in a single post because I think they have certain similarities. Both are essentially small elongated beads with a hole...

peanut beads

Peanut Beads

Peanut beads (major manufacturer is Matsuno, Japan) can sometimes be referred to as ‘Farfalle’ beads (usually Czech made). They are basically elongated seed beads that have been slightly squashed across the centre where the hole...

seed beads

Seed beads

Seed beads, sometimes referred to as ‘rocailles’, are tiny pieces of glass with a hole through the centre. They come in different sizes, the most common of which are 15, 11, 8 and 6....

tile beads

Tile Beads

Tile beads are flat squares with two holes through each bead, so they can be joined top and bottom. Each bead measures about 5mm across each side. There are two major manufacturers: Miyuki company...

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