There are many types of seed beads, colours and shapes, but here the attention will be devoted to TOHO beads, a native of Japan. They deserve distinction, because in a mass they are very 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 they can be used with a slightly thicker thread, elastic, cord or string. Another advantage is their colour durability. They do not dye the skin or materials used in their vicinity. The choice of colour depends on your own imagination. TOHO beads reign primarily in the beading technique and they are also a paradise for supporters of the soutache technique.
TOHO beads are made of glass and are produced by a Japanese company which since 1957, has been working on improving its products.
The sizes and shapes of TOHO beads are presented below (the smaller the given size, the larger the beads):
Round Size 15 - Round with a diameter of 1.6mm
Round Size 11 - Round with a diameter of 2.2mm
Round Size 8 - Round with a diameter of 3.2mm
Round Size 6 - Round with a diameter of 4.5mm
Treasure - Cylindrical with a diameter of 1.8mm
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 - 5 Bevelled walls with a round hole
Triangles - Triangular with a hole in the shape of a triangle