Round Beads Per Strand

Quick References for Round Beads

How many beads do you need, to create the necklace you are designing? This chart details how many 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, etc. round (or cube) beads it takes to create a 16", 20", 24" or 36" strand. If you want to create an 18" necklace using a 16" strand of gemstones, you're in luck! The clasp and finishing findings will take up approximately 1" (depending on the size of your clasp, and how you finish your necklace), so now all you need is approximately 1" worth of spacer beads! Popular spacer bead options include glass seed beads, Swarovski crystal beads, small sterling silver beads, small gold-fill beads and base-metal heishi, disk beads, and small cubes.

Typical Number of Round Beads per Strand

Size

16" strand20" strand24" strand36" strand
3mm136169203305
4mm102127153229
5mm81102122183
6mm6785102152
8mm506476114
10mm40516192
12mm33425176

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