There are many types of seed beads, colors and shapes, but here the attention will be devoted to TOHO beads, a native of Japan. They deserve distinction, because in the mass they are similar to each other (equal and regular), which allows them to be used in the most precise and sophisticated projects. In addition, their threading hole is larger than in other small beads, so there is no problem with the use of a slightly thicker thread, elastic, cord, string and even when we use a thicker cord. Another advantage is color durability. They do not dye the skin or materials used in their vicinity. The choice of color depends on your own imagination. Features (shape, color, finish) are given with a given type of beads, it is a very important reference in the choice, because it allows you to avoid mistakes in identification. TOHO beads reign primarily in the beading technique. It is also a paradise for supporters of the soutache technique.
TOHO beads are made of glass. They are produced by a Japanese company that since 1957 has been working on improving its products. They are regular and equal so that they can be successfully used with the most precise and sophisticated projects. Their coloring is permanent and does not cause rubbing or dyeing. The balls have a large hole size for easier threading of the beads. Thanks to this, it is easy to thread them even on a thicker cord or an elastic band.
The sizes and shapes of TOHO beads are presented below (the smaller the given size, the larger the beads):
round 15 - round with a diameter of 1.6 mm,
round 11 - round with a diameter of 2.2 mm,
round 8 - round with a diameter of 3.2 mm,
round 6 - round with a diameter of 4.5 mm,
round 3 - round with a diameter of 5.5 mm,
treasure - cylindrical with a diameter of 1.8 mm,
magatama - oval with a hole at the top of the bead,
bugle - in the shape of a smooth tube,
charlottes - round, polished,
cubes - in the shape of a cube with a hole in the shape of a square,
hex - with 5 bevelled walls with a round hole,
triangles - triangular with a hole in the shape of a triangle.