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Whimbeads Bead Weights & Measures


Weights & Measures

Below are a few tables of information on
weights and measurements in the bead world.

Approximate # of Beads per Gram
Size 8 - 36 per gram
Size 11 - 120 per gram
Size 15 - 250 per gram
Delicas - 200 per gram
Size 6 - 18 per gram

Approximate # of Beads per Tube
Size 8 - 1100 per 6" tube
Size 11 - 3500 per 6" tube
Size 15 - 3500 per 3" tube
Delicas - 1500 per 7.5 gram
Size 6 - 500 per 1 ounce

Approximate # of beads per inch

Size

1"

7"

18"

24"

11

19

133

342

456

15

25

175

450

600

Delicas

20

140

360

480

6

10

70

180

240

2mm

13

91

234

312

3mm

8 1/2

59 1/2

153

204

4mm

6 1/2

45 1/2

117

156

6mm

4

28

72

96

8mm

3

21

54

72

10mm

2 1/2

17 1/2

45

60

What are the measurements of seed beads?

Size

Millimeters

Inches

6

3.7mm

0.145

8

3.0 mm

0.118

11

2.2 mm

0.087

15

1.5 mm

0.059

What do all those finishes mean?

Silverlined ~ These beads have a silver lining in the hole, making them shimmer and shine.
Good to use in areas where you want the color to stand out and be noticed. Harsh abrasion and/or extreme age will scratch the lining out of the bead.

Transparent ~ means see-through. Light passes through these beads from all angles. Transparent beads usually recede in a pattern. Good to use when you want subtle color.

Transparent Lustre ~ is a see-through glass with a shiny lustre on the surface.
Again subtle color, but with just a flash of light. Depending on what the beads are next to, they will either recede or stand out.

Colorlined ~ is clear glass with a color lining the hole. Even the brightest of these beads tend to recede in a pattern.
Brighter shades of colorlined beads can fade in sunlight over time. Also harsh use, abrasion and/or age will scratch the lining out of this bead. Colorlined beads should always be checked for durability before use. The beads should never be dry cleaned, worn into water or used around aerosol sprays. When used properly and in the proper context, colorlined beads are beautiful.

Transparent AB ~ is see-through glass with an Aurora Borealis (all the colors of the rainbow) finish on the surface. The AB on these beads allows them to stand out in a pattern. Good to use when you want a bright and shiny effect.

Goldlustre ~ is a term to describe the tinge of gold on the surface of these beads. Some may be a single color with the Goldlustre on the surface, others can be a glass of one color and the lustre of another. Because of the brightness of the lustre, these beads will stand out in a pattern.

Fancy ~ includes many styles of glass, colored glass with a different colored lining, with or without an AB finish, and also some special lustre finishes. Most tend to stand out in a pattern because of their brightness and the variety of colors all in one bead.
Colored glass with a colored lining should be treated as the above Colorlined beads.

Opaque ~ is a solid colored glass. No light passes through.This is the most common and least expensive of seedbeads.
They tend to stand out in a pattern unless used with Silverlined or very bright beads, then they will recede.

Opaque Lustre ~ is a solid colored glass with a shiny lustre on the surface. No light passes through, but the lustered finish makes them stand out.

Metallics ~ are solid colored glass with a metal looking finish applied. Very durable, although with harsh chemicals or severe scratching, the surface can be removed. Most metallics tend to be on the more expensive side. This is due to both the chemicals needed to create the colors and the added handling needed to produce the metallic coating.

Galvanized ~ Solid glass with a shiny metal looking coating that is not durable. It will scratch, rub and fade off easily.
Those with a high Ph level can remove the coating just by holding the beads in their hands. (I'm one of those =o/ )

Ceylon ~ is a semi-translucent glass with a shiny pearl finish on the surface. Nice light, bright colors that stand out in a pattern.
Bright pink Ceylon beads can fade in direct sunlight, however they rarely loose their color in bleach.

Giltlined ~ are a semi-translucent opaly glass with a golden metal color lining. Not as bright and flashy as silverlined. More of a subtle glow. The giltlining tends to make the colors warm. Depending on what they are used with will determine if they recede or stand out. Brighter colors in this line may fade in bright lighting.

Silverlined AB ~ is a colored glass with a silver lining in the hole plus an AB finish on the surface. The AB finish gives these beads shades of color all their own (ie. the red takes on a fuchsia hue). Bright & Bold. Really stand out in a pattern

Shimmering ~ This is a relatively new finish on seed beads, adapted from a Delica finish. Crystal clear colorlined glass with a shimmering lustre on the surface. Most colors are muted making them slightly recede into a pattern. There are a few colors now with colored glass with a different colorlining.

Silverlined Matte ~ As with the regular silverlined beads, these are colored glass with a silver lining in the hole.
Bright and shiney. The added matte finish dulls the effect slightly but also makes the bead appear to glow. Regardless of the matte finish, these beads still tend to stand out in a pattern.

Transparent Matte ~ see-thru glass with a heavy matte finish. As with almost all mattes, these beads recede in a pattern.

Transparent Matte AB ~ Translucent see-thru glass with a heavy matte finish, plus an AB effect added.
Depending on what these beads are mixed with they can stand out in a pattern.

Opaque Matte ~ Solid colored glass with a matte finish. These beads have a richness to them because of the matte finish.

Silverlined Matte AB ~ Not only does the bead have the sparkle and color of an AB finish, but it also has that look of an
"inner glow" that comes from matting a silverlined bead.

Metallic Matte ~ Solid colored glass beads with a metal finish that has been matted. Very durable. Because of the vast array of color play on these beads, they will respond within a pattern either by standing out or receding determined by what they are next to.

Enlarged scans of seedbeads made by different companies.

What are findings and why are they called that?

Mirriam Webster defines the word findings as:
Function: noun
Date: 14th century
2 plural : small tools and supplies used by an artisan (as a dressmaker, jeweler, or shoemaker)

As beaders we've come to know the term "findings" as a general category for all those little bits that we use to finish off our jewelry. Clasps, earwires, headpins, etc. But where did this term come from? There are theories that suggest jewelers from the early Renaissance era who trained through a progression of advancement through achievement in craftsmanship originally coined the term. If so, it could have come from the small bits of metal, sheet and/or wire, that were leftover from the creation process. These small bits of metal would never be wasted, but would instead be used to create other items, maybe a small bit of wire was fashioned into an earwire, or a leftover piece of hammered metal was folded and formed into clasp or catch.

A Thesaurus for the word "findings" gives us the words: collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole. So, a collection or accumulation of all those little leftover bits of metal could have come to be called "findings".

I like this theory the best. Not only does it make sense to me, but it also sounds reasonable in the land of word play.


Millimeter Sizes


Conversion of Metric to British

Millimeters to Inches

Weights

2mm = 0.0788 in.
3mm = 0.1182 in.
4mm = 0.1576 in.
6mm = 0.2364 in.
8mm = 0.3152 in.
10mm = 0.3940 in.

1 ounce = 28.35 grams

35.2736 ounces = 1 Kilo
2.2046 lbs. = 1 Kilo
1000 grams = 1 Kilo

What's that mean?

a "Gross" is 144 pieces

a "Mass" is 1200 pieces

How long is that necklace?
Choker 13 to 16 inches
Princess 17 to 19 inches
Matinee 20 to 24 inches
Opera 28 to 34 inches
Rope Over 35 inches

Birthstone Chart

MONTH

MODERN

ANCIENT
SWAROVSKI

January

Garnet

Garnet

February

Amethyst

Amethyst

March

Aquamarine

Bloodstone

April

Diamond

Diamond

May

Emerald

Emerald

June

Alexandrite

Pearl

July

Ruby

Ruby

August

Peridot

Sardonyx

September

Sapphire

Sapphire

October

Rose Zircon

Tourmaline or Opal

November

Golden Topaz

Topaz

December

Blue Zircon

Turquoise or Lapis

What about the real stuff?

What is Sterling Silver?

It must be 925/1000 (92.5%) fine silver and 75/1000 (7.5%) copper. This proportion is fixed by law.

What is Fine Silver?

99.9% Pure Silver, with no other metals.
The marking should appear as .999

What is real Gold?

Twenty-four karat is 100% pure gold or 24 parts gold.
18K is 18 parts gold, 6 parts metal alloys.
14K is 14 parts gold, 10 parts metal alloys.
10K is 10 parts gold and 14 parts metal alloys.

Nothing less than 10K gold can legally be marked or sold as gold jewelry in the United States. Alloys of less than 10K gold are not considered real gold. They must be classified as "gold filled."

What is Gold Filled?

Made of a base metal with 1/20 (or more) of the material thickness being karat gold mechanically bonded to the base metal.
The gold layer is usually 50 to 100 times as thick as on a plated item. Gold filled looks and usually wears as well as karat gold.

Copyright ~ Beki Haley
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