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Q.
Can I use regular size 11 seed beads in place of DB beads in a pattern?
- Autumn
A.
Yes, you can use size 11 (11/0) seed beads.

A few things to note:
  • Patterns designed using Delicas are typically patterns where beads stack neatly and need to be the same length, like bricks.
  • Regular seed beads are donut in shape so do not stack the same as the cylindrically shaped Delica®. The net result is still beautiful, it's just different.
  • Not all seed beads are manufactured to be the same shape or to be uniform. This is not a bad thing but should be observed when choosing beads for your design.
  • Dyna-Mite™ seed beads make a good alternative to Delicas as they are very uniform in size and shape.

- Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert

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