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How Many Seed Beads Do I Need for My Project?

Below is an approximate bead count for popular seed bead sizes that are uniform in size and shape like Miyuki brand seed beads. Some Czech seed beads have irregular round shapes so the bead per gram counts may vary.  Toho brand beads have a larger hole making them lighter weight and resulting in more beads per gram.  A bead’s finish may also affect count, for example, metal finishes like duracoat and galvanized weigh more so there will be fewer beads per gram resulting in less beads per package.  Always overestimate the number of beads needed for a project.  Leftover seed bead stashes come in handy!

Size

Shape 

Measure 

Hole Size

Beads per Gram

Beads per linear Inch

Beads per square Inch

15/0

Round

1.5 x 1.3mm

.7 mm

290

24

330

11/0

Round

2.1 mm

1.0 mm

110

19

216

8/0

Round

3x2 mm

1.0 mm

39

13

108

6/0

Round

4 x 3 mm

1.3 mm

15

8

70

11/0

Delica

1.6 x 1.5 mm

.8 mm

190

22

285

8/0

Delica

2.5 x 2.5 mm

1.5 mm

30

9

n/a