Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Beginner Series: More About Seed Beads (Part 3)

Hexagon (or Hex) Seed Beads

Hex seed beads have a six-sided cylindrical shape. I believe they are produced by almost all seed beads manufacturers, but so far I've only used hex seed beads from Matsuno, Miyuki and Toho.

Like the cylinder seed beads, the hex beads have a hole larger than the round seed beads. Their only problem is that their cut at the bottom and at the top is not clean. And this irregular cut lets the beads with sharp and irregular edges that may damage your thread.

In the pictures below you can see clearly the shape of the hex seed beads. Also, note the irregular cut in some of them:

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But despite this problem, I really like the hex seed beads - especially the size 8/0. They are great to create texture on your beadwork. I do am more careful than usual when working with these beads (for example, I pull the thread more slowly to avoid rubbing it against the sharp edges and I don't use my tension too tight) and I use strong threads with them.


Their size is classified in the same way the round seed beads are, but the hex seed beads are bigger than the round and cylinder beads.  The most common sizes are: 15/0, 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0 (remember that the bigger the number, the smaller the bead).

I took a picture to show you the difference in the size between the hex seed beads and the round and cylinder beads. In the first needle you see  ten hex seed beads from Toho. In the second needle there are ten round seed beads from Toho. And in the third needle there are ten delica beads. All the beads are size 11/0 and they're in the same color: black matte.


The hex seed beads are sold in packages or tubes ranging from 8 to 30 grams. The price is similar to the price of the round seed beads and it vary with the color and finish.

And here is a variation of hex seed beads created by Miyuki. They're called twist hex seed beads and are available only in size 10/0:

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That's all I have to talk about hexagon seed beads. If you have any question or information to add, please fell free to use the comment section below. :)

And to inspire you, here are some designs using hex seed beads:

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Photo Credit: Wescott Jewelry


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    1. Hi Samantha! I'm so glad you liked the post! This bracelet you did is lovely! In fact I like all your work - I have your etsy store in my favorite list! It makes me really happy to see you here. :)

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