Topics: Seed Beads
Can I use regular size 11 seed beads in place of DB beads in a pattern?
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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