Sizes 16/0 to 22/0.
"Desert Evening" by Sammie Pullen
Peyote style earrings using size 16/0-20/0 glass bead & French steel cuts.
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These beautiful tiny Italian glass seed beads are quite rare, as they were last produced about 1900. These beads were all cut by hand. They come in unique colors and many are made in the old-time greasy glass. They give your bead art detail you never dreamed of.
The size of needle and thread depends on the size of the hole & how many times you will need to pass your needle through the bead. Remember these beads were made by hand and no bead will be exactly the same in size or appearance. We suggest to use a size 15 or 16(smaller) needle & a size 0 or 00(smaller) nymo or a size 50 silk thread. See Beading Supplies! You will need to experiment but I promise you (from one who works with them regularly) it is all worth the trouble. They are exquisite & beautiful beads!
For more tiny beads, try the Czech modern Micro Tubes (1-2mm). & make sure you also check out our vintage page . We also carry unusually small gemstones, pearls and silver for accents with our tiny Italian beads. Antique French steel cuts & French metal bead mixes.
Sold in 3"hanks (some longer) 2 to 3 loops or loose in 3 gram bags (approx. 2000-2500 beads) Supply of some colors is very limited!
The color images below have been magnified to better illustrate the colors.
Antique French metal beads frequently available from size 16/0-22/0 (click here)
Antique Italian (100+years) tiny 16/0-22/0 seed bead mix. Most mixes have a few antique French metal beads included. These tiny bead mixes are perfect for embellishing bigger beads or making flowers and leaves for bead embroidery. Its a good way to see the range of colors we offer and the exquisite beauty of these beads without having to buy a lot of different colors.
size 16/0 Diameter approx. 1.5mm.....
size 18/0 Diameter approx. 1.3mm.....