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Jewelry FAQ : Delicas vs. Other Seed Beads

Q: What makes Delicas different from other seed beads?

A: It is a common mistake to call Delicas seed beads. They are really a bead in their own right. The difference between the two is basic; seed beads have rounded edges and Delicas do not. The edges on Delicas are not rounded in order to make the hole larger and more accessible so that a needle and thread can pass through multiple times for bead weaving purposes. Delicas are also incredibly uniform, which means they line up nicely when weaving with them. It is also interesting to note that while all Delica beads are made in Japan, there are actually three different companies that manufacture them; Miyuki, Toho and Matsuno. Miyuki Delicas are more expensive, because they are the most consistent in size and shape. Toho Delicas follow, with Matsuno Delicas being only slightly better in quality than regular Czech or Chinese seed beads.

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