# How do I know what size seed beads I have?

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The biggest key to understanding seed bead sizing is the concept that the smaller the number, the larger the bead. This means that a 6/0 seed bead is larger in size than a 12/0 seed bead. The 0 used in the measurement is pronounced aught and can be denoted by a slash followed by a zero or a degree mark.

## What mm are size 11 seed beads?

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10/0 approx. 3,920 2.3mm (approx.)
11/0 approx. 4,000 2.1mm (approx.)
12/0 approx. 4,720 1.9mm (approx.)
13/0 approx. 4,960 1.7mm (approx.)

## How big is a size 6 seed bead?

11/0 17 2.2mm
8/0 11 3.0mm
6/0 8 3.7mm

Line up each bead as if stringing tightly. Count the number of millimeters of the 10 beads to measure. Divide this measurement by 10. This is how you determine the size of each bead using a regular ruler.

## Is a size 12 beading needle smaller than a size 10?

With beading needles their sizing is gauged from 10-15, where 10 is thicker than 15 – needles with higher numbers are finer. Needle sizes are usually 10, 11, 12 (12 is usually shorter than 10s and stiffer), 13, 15 (both really fine for looping back through beads multiple times).

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## How many inches is size 11 seed beads?

11/0’s contain 19 beads per inch.

## What size are 2 mm beads?

2mm beads have a hole diameter of 0.6mm-0.9mm. The ideal cord or beading cable size for it would be 0.8mm or 0.024”.