In most cases, the measurement scale is applied to the actual bead while the strand itself may be sold in inches. Have a bead chart on hand before making online orders or when planning projects. If you are looking at larger beads or pendants, knowing that the diameter of a penny is 19. Continue to 2 of 4 below. Label each size with a special tag or numbered bead. They are easy to find and often found in a purse or pocket.
If you stack two pennies together, you can estimate how big a 3 mm sized bead is or use a stack of four to estimate the size of a 6 mm bead. Any of these can help you gauge bead size once you remember their size. Short of having a ruler with you at all times, one of the best ways to understand relative bead size is to compare the bead to common objects.
A printed bead chart is one of the best ways to compare sizes and avoid purchasing beads that are smaller or larger than you expected.
Nickels, at 1.
The diameter of a nickel is slightly larger at 21. Use a strong beading wire or thread to minimize the likelihood of breakage.
Bead Types Sized in Millimeters. Another way to keep bead sizing information handy is to make something with different sizes of beads and use it as a reference tool. A favorite pendant, a ring that you always wear, or your watch are potential items.
This gives you a point of reference for bead size. Bead Size Chart. Labeled keychains are a great option.
Beads that are measured in millimeters include gemstone, crystal, glass, metal, wood, bone and horn varieties.
If you don't carry a lot of loose change, look for something else that you are always sure to have with you. Coins are useful everyday objects that work for comparisons. A Bead Sizing Key Chain. Beadwork Basics. Continue to 4 of 4 below.
Continue to 3 of 4 below. If you are out of pennies, nickels are another good reference. One penny is 1. Almost all beads are measured on a metric scale in millimeters.
It can be tricky if you are planning to pair up new beads with beads you already have at home.