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How To Understand Bead Sizes

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Sometimes, even veteran beaders have a difficult time visualizing exactly what an 8mm bead looks like and how many will fit into their latest creation. Here are some resources that may help:

Bead Size Chart*


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*Sizes are approximate. This chart will display correctly at 1024 x 768 resolution. If you are using a different resolution, printing this page should give you an accurate chart.



Beads Per Inch Chart

Bead Size Approximate Number of Beads Per:
  1" 7" 16" 24" 32" 36"
2mm 8.25 57 203 200 265 288
3mm 8.25 57 132 200 265 288
4mm 6.25 43 100 150 200 225
5mm 5 35 82 124 160 180
6mm 4.25 28 67 100 132 153
7mm 3.5 24 57 85 114 126
8mm 3.25 22 50 75 100 112
9mm 2.75 19 45 67 90 101
10mm 2.5 18 40 60 80 90
12mm 2 15 33 50 66 72
14mm 1.75 13 29 43 56 63
16mm 1.5 11 25 38 50 54
18mm 1.25 10 23 34 45 51

 

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