The uniform size and shape of Toho seed beads make them an excellent choice for beadwork.
Fast Facts about Seed Beads
- Toho seed beads are usually colorfast; however, galvanized and silver-lined beads may fade over time. To keep them looking like new, protect them from bleach, excessive friction and prolonged direct sunlight.
- Packaged in vials (4-dram vial is approx. 20 grams or 2,240 beads), 1/2 kilo bags and kilo bags (one kilo = approx. 50 vials).
- Although the online store displays "vials" as the unit of measure, please note that discounts displayed for 25 vials and for 50 vials are actually for 1/2 kilo bags and kilo bags, rather than vials. When ordering 1/2 kilo or more of one color, please let us know ASAP if you would prefer them by the vial. (By default, we ship large quantities in the bulk form, which is the quantity price that the online store displays.)
- What are seed beads? Tiny glass beads, popular for for bead-weaving, stringing and embellishment.
- How are they made? Glass is pulled or drawn using a hollow tube, and then the glass is cut in small pieces. They are sometimes reheated to round the ends.
- What do the sizes mean, or what's that funny little zero? That zero refers to the number of aughts, which is a unit used to indicate the size of small beads. The scale is inverted, so larger numbers of aughts correspond to smaller beads (i.e. the bigger the number, the smaller the bead). Size 11 (or eleven aught) would be 00000000000, but since that takes up too much room, it is abbreviated to 110.
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