Size 8 seed beads measure about 3mm. You will see, I sell two brands here. I tend to use them interchangeably. The Matsuno brand are manufactured in Japan. The others are manufactured in the Czech Republic.
You may have read warnings that different brands of seed bead differ in size slightly. So, I often caution my students to avoid mixing brands. However, I find that these two brands on offer here do mix together ok. So, if you are keen to stick to one brand, by all means check the list carefully when you purchase. Otherwise, just choose the colours you like.
We have all come across that same problem. You see a bead colour on your screen and think it looks great. So, you order the beads. Then, your pack arrives and the colour is totally different from what you were expecting. You even wonder if the shop just packed the wrong beads by accident…!
The fact is, between camera settings, lighting and different computer screens, it is very hard to convey the true colour of beads in an online setting. So, if you are trying to colour match and you’re not sure what will work, you can order a sample.
I will send you a string of ten size 8 seed beads (enough to check the colour). Your sample also includes a discount code. So, if you come back here and buy some beads from me, use the discount code, then the cost of your free sample, plus £1 (towards postage) will be refunded against your order.
Terms and Conditions
You can redeem your coupon against any beads, so it does not have to be the same as your sample. For example, if you ordered a sample of pearls, but decided they weren’t right. You could still come back and redeem your sample coupon as you buy some seed beads.
The coupon has no expiry date, but you can only use it once. If you have multiple coupons, you can use them all, but you must add each coupon code separately in your basket.
Coupons cannot be used to get a refund against a pattern or kit.
Information about Size 8 Seed Beads
These beads are pretty uniform in size, as you would expect from these manufacturers. So, this level of quality makes them an excellent choice for all kinds of beading projects. If you are unsure about what bead sizes mean, then check out this blog post.
I am selling these beads in packs of about 10g. There are about 34 beads per gram – or so I am told! Therefore, that means you are getting around 340 beads. But, I haven’t counted them! Although I do weigh all my packs 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 I hope it covers the basics. Size 8 seed beads are available 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. I have labelled each image with its colour description. So, you can match that to the drop-down menu list.
Read this blog to find out how bead colours and finishes vary. I have tried to show how they work together differently.
I have lots of projects, using size 8 seed beads to inspire you. So, scroll down to find a few links to give you a taste. These beads are excellent for beginners. You can also follow this link to find all the projects and books that feature these beads.