Size 10 Delicas are less common than their size 11 counterparts, but I find them lovely beads to use. If you are already familiar with my patterns, then you will know that I have several designs that use these beads. The size 10 Delicas also featured in my Sweet Treats book designs.
Information about Size 10 Delicas
These beads are really uniform in size, as you would expect from Cylinder beads. I love them because they are slightly larger than size 11, so this makes them easier to see as you work. However, they still create projects that are elegant. If you are unsure about what bead sizes mean, then check out this blog post. Maybe you are used to working with ordinary seed beads, in which case, think of size 10 Delicas as slightly smaller than your size 8s.
I am selling these beads in packs of about 10g. There are about 52 beads per gram – or so I am told! Therefore, that means you are getting around 520 beads. But, I haven’t counted them! Although all my packs are weighed to try and ensure accuracy. If you are working from a pattern, you will probably see the bead quantity listed in grams, so this will help you decide how many you need.
As you will see, I have a limited range of colours, but hopefully it covers the basics. Miyuki (the manufacturer) does make size 10 Delicas in a huge range, so if there is a colour you want, but which I don’t stock, do feel free to email me and ask.
This leads me neatly onto the subject of colours. I have photographed all these beads in natural light. Furthermore, I shoot in close up so you can really see the colour accurately. Having said this, if you already have some experience with beading, you will know how tricky colours can be. For one thing, they look different individually to how they might appear in a bag of beads. I personally think the ‘individual’ colour is more accurate because you will be stitching them individually.
So, browse through the gallery images and select the colours you like. Each image is labelled with its colour code, so you can choose the ones you want from the menu. Delicas all have a universal labelling system. The DBM stands for Delica Bead Medium, so this tells you it is a size 10. The number gives the colour. Some retailers use the 4 digit numbering system, while some leave out the initial zeros (eg 0044 versus 44). The colour will be the same though.
In addition to the number system, I have tried to give you a description of the colour. However, this is not going to be consistent with other retailer’s descriptions. So this means you should go by the colour code and view the description as additional help only.
If you would like a bit more detail about how bead colours and finishes vary and how they work together, then read this blog.
If you fancy giving the size 10 delicas a try, then I have lots of projects to inspire you. I have included a few links below to give you a taste. Or, follow this link to find all the projects and books that feature these beads.