Bead shapes and sizes

Miyuki Delica Beads are extremely uniform glass cylinder beads which come in four sizes and a multitude of colors and finishes. Delica beads have a tube or cylinder shape, and flat ends with a large hole in proportion to their size. They are often used in off-loom bead weaving techniques as well as tapestry loom work.

15/0 Delica Beads (DBS)

  • Smallest size of Delica
  • 1.3mm x 1mm
  • .7mm hole size
  • 350 beads / gram

11/0 Delica Beads (DB)

  • Most popular size of Delica
  • 1.6mm x 1.5mm
  • .8mm hole size
  • 200 beads / gram

10/0 Delica Beads (DBM)

  • Medium size of Delica
  • 2.3mm x 1.2mm
  • 1mm hole size
  • 108 beads / gram

8/0 Delica Beads (DBL)

  • Largest size of Delica
  • 2.5mm x 2.5mm
  • 1.5mm hole size
  • 30 beads / gram

Miyuki Seed Beads are some of the best quality seed beads in the world. Made in Japan, they are carefully manufactured to be durable, beautiful and constant in shape, color and size. The traditional rounded seed bead has a slightly flattened ends with a large hole in proportion to their size.

15/0 Seed Beads

  • Smallest seed bead
  • 1.5mm x 1.3mm
  • .7mm hole size
  • 250 beads / gram

11/0 Seed Beads

  • Most popular size seed bead
  • 2mm x 1mm
  • 1mm hole size
  • 110 beads / gram

8/0 Seed Beads

  • Medium size seed bead
  • 3mm x 2mm
  • 1mm hole size
  • 39 beads / gram

6/0 Seed Beads

  • Large seed bead
  • 4mm x 3mm
  • 1.3mm hole size
  • 12 beads / gram

5/0 Seed Beads (E)

  • Larger seed bead
  • 5mm x 4mm
  • 1.6mm hole size
  • 7 beads / gram

10C TW Seed Beads

  • Cut & twisted seed bead
  • 2.2mm x 2mm
  • .9mm hole size
  • 70 beads / gram

2/0 Seed Beads

  • Very large seed bead
  • 6mm x 4mm
  • 2mm hole size
  • 5 beads / gram

9mm Seed Beads

  • Pony bead
  • 9mm x 6mm
  • 3mm hole size
  • 2 beads / gram

Miyuki seed bead shapes

Miyuki seed beads come in many different shapes and sizes. Although they are continually developing new styles, mostly they fall into a category with other sizes of the same shape. All seed beads are relatively small, and they are used primarily as spacers, or in bead weaving or bead embroidery.

Miyuki Berry Beads are shaped like a peanut with the hole at the narrow center section of the bead. When the berries are strung, these beads nest together, making them perfect for stringing. Berry beads are also used in patterns for beaded beads, or any time you want to add texture to a flat project.

Berry Bead

  • Peanut shape
  • 4.5mm x 2.5mm
  • .8mm hole size
  • 22 beads / gram

Miyuki Bugle Beads are slender straight or twisted tube-shaped seed beads with smooth ends. Bugle beads are often used in fringe, in ladder stitch, or to define lines in bead embroidery. The three sizes of Twisted bugle beads are made by twisting the glass to form a spiral along the length of the bead.

3mm Bugle Bead (BGL1)

  • Small bugle bead
  • 3mm x 1mm
  • .6mm hole size
  • 83 beads / gram

6mm Bugle Bead (BGL2)

  • Medium bugle bead
  • 6mm x 1.5mm
  • .8mm hole size
  • 38 beads / gram

2x6mm Twisted Bugle Bead (TW206)

  • Small twisted bugle bead
  • 6mm x 2mm
  • .8mm hole size
  • 31 beads / gram

2x12mm Twisted Bugle Bead (TW2012)

  • Thin twisted bugle bead
  • 12mm x 2mm
  • .8mm hole size
  • 18 beads / gram

2.7x12mm Twisted Bugle Bead (TW2712)

  • Thicker twisted bugle bead
  • 12mm x 2.7mm
  • 1mm hole size
  • 9 beads / gram

Miyuki Cube Beads are square or rectangular seed beads that are slightly irregular in shape. The flat sides of cube beads allow them to sit comfortably next to each other in patterns, and they also work well when used in brick, peyote, and herringbone stitches. Their substantial and chunky feel make a great base for bead-woven bracelets.

1.8mm Cube Bead (SB18)

  • Smallest cube bead
  • 1.8mm x 1.8mm
  • 1mm hole size
  • 110 beads / gram

3mm Cube Bead (SB3)

  • Medium cube bead
  • 3mm x 3mm
  • 1.3mm hole size
  • 21 beads / gram

4mm Cube Bead (SB)

  • Most popular size of cube
  • 4mm x 4mm
  • 1.4mm hole size
  • 10 beads / gram

Miyuki Drop Beads are teardrop shaped with their hole at the smallest top point of the drop. Drop beads add dimension to beaded beads, and texture to all bead weaving techniques. The color-lined drop beads are especially three-dimensional as the brightly colored part of the drop bead is reflected at different angles through the larger part of the bead.

2.8mm Drop Bead (DP28)

  • Tiny drop bead
  • 2.8mm x 2mm
  • .6mm hole size
  • 36 beads / gram

3.4mm Drop Bead (DP)

  • Most popular size of drop
  • 3.4mm x 3mm
  • .6mm hole size
  • 18 beads / gram

Long Drop Bead (LDP)

  • Rice-shaped drop bead
  • 5.5mm x 3mm
  • .8mm hole size
  • 13 beads / gram

Miyuki Magatama Beads were traditional comma-shaped beads or jewels made in prehistoric Japan from clay or stone. Magatama glass sead beads are wonderful to use for adding texture in kumihimo, fringe, or in off-loom beadweaving.

4mm Magatama Bead (MA4)

  • Original magatama bead
  • 4mm x 4mm
  • 1mm hole size
  • 12 beads / gram

Long Magatama Bead (LMA)

  • Long magatama bead
  • 4mm x 7mm
  • 1mm hole size
  • 8 beads / gram

Miyuki Tila Beads are flat square or rectangular tile-shaped 2-hole seed beads. Tila beads are especially popular in bead weaving, for joining multiple strands, or for use in wrap bracelets. They also add a lovely tile dimension to bead embroidery. Their geometric shape is often used in bracelets or patterns where they can overlap or nest together to create a flat surface.

Half Tila Bead (HTL)

  • Flat rectangular tile bead
  • 5mm x 2.3mm x 1.9mm
  • .8mm hole size
  • 25 beads / gram

Tila Bead (TL)

  • Flat tile bead
  • 5mm x 5mm x 1.9mm
  • .8mm hole size
  • 11 beads / gram

Miyuki Triangle Beads are triangle-shaped seed beads which are made with softly rounded corners in the original style as well as a newer sharp-cornered version. Triangle seed beads come in three sizes and are great for edging, especially in bead-embroidery or bead weaving as they can sit close together because of their triangular shape.

10/0 Triangle Bead (TR10)

  • Small triangle bead
  • 2.5mm x 2mm
  • .9mm hole size
  • 58 beads / gram

8/0 Triangle Bead (TR8)

  • Medium triangle bead
  • 2mm x 3mm
  • 1.1mm hole size
  • 31 beads / gram

5/0 Triangle Bead (TR5)

  • Large triangle bead
  • 4mm x 3.5mm
  • 1.8mm hole size
  • 11 beads / gram

10/0 Sharp Triangle Bead (STR10)

  • Small sharp triangle bead
  • 2.1mm x 2.1mm
  • .8mm hole size
  • 85 beads / gram

8/0 Sharp Triangle Bead (STR8)

  • Medium sharp triangle bead
  • 2.6mm x 2.6mm
  • 1mm hole size
  • 49 beads / gram

5/0 Sharp Triangle Bead (STR5)

  • Large sharp triangle bead
  • 4.2mm x 4.2mm
  • 1.3mm hole size