Size 11 Delicas are a brand of cylinder bead, manufactured by the Miyuki company in Japan. If you are already familiar with my patterns, then you will know that I have several designs that use these beads.
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 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 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 11 Delicas
These beads are really uniform in size, as you would expect from Cylinder beads. This is important as it means you can create really regular, beautiful beadwork. It also makes it easier for you to see what you are doing and understand techniques, since the beads slot into place so well. 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 this case, you may find that the size 11 Delicas are just a little smaller than size 11 rocailles.
I am selling these beads in packs of about 10g. There are about 180 beads per gram – or so I am told! Therefore, that means you are getting around 1800 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 11 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 DB stands for Delica Bead, so this tells you it is a size 11. 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 11 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.