What are Miyuki Beads

If you search online for beads to use in your project, a lot of time you read Miyuki Beads. But what are Miyuki Beads, where do they come from and why would you use them. Today I will share the story of Miyuki Beads and everything that comes along with it.

To know where the beads are coming from, we need to take a trip back down memorie lane. Japan 1930 beginning of the Showa Periode, the first glass seed beads where created in Hiroshima. These beads where used in jewelry, clothes and other accessoires. The brand become more aware 2 years ago when online stores in Europe begin to sell the beads. Today you can buy Miyuki Beads in almost every online beads- and craft store.

Japanese production of glass seed beads began at the beginning of the Showa Period. Mid 1930’s, Miyuki was founded in Hiroshima, and quickly became a renowned glass seed bead manufacturer. Since then, we at MIYUKI have continued to strive for increased quality and improved artistry through innovation and state of the art technology. Our highly respected name, excellent reputation, and the introduction of fantastic new products like Delica Beads are all testimonies to our dedication to beads and to bead lovers.

The beads have a variety of all kinds of colors and sizes. The most know beads are Delica and Rocaille. The Delica beads are round and are in the sizes 15/0, 11/0 and 8/0. Every bead is the same in width and height. If you are using Delica beads, your pattern will be equal in every angle.

Delica vs Seed

Most times Delica beads are used in peyote and square stitched project just as bracelets, rings and earrings. Because the beads are all the same, the pattern will look amazing and will always be straight in lines. The seed beads are also equal in width and height but have a more round structure. These beads are mostly used in crochet work such are bracelets and for a neckless. These beads form a round structure and can be set easily on top of each other in rounds.

Other Miyuki beads

As Delica and Seed are the most popular, Miyuki has more beads to offer. You can get the following beads: Delica, Seed, Rocaille, Hexicon, Tila Half, Tila, Bugle Twist, Bugle Slender, Bugle, Cubes, Triangle, Spacer, Magatama, Delica Fringe, Delica Hex, Sharp Triangles, Quarter Tila, Rectangle, Pearl Cabachons and cotton pearls.

Every bead is available in its own colors but some colors have cross over matches. There is a lot of double colors between Delica and Seed. Most Seed bead colors are also available for Delica beads. This way you can create whole collections using the same colors but different beads for your projects.

Bead Sizes

The beads are available in different sizes. As this is not specific writing down, below is a translation list of the size of the bead and the corresponding number on the package.

15/0 = 1mm beads
11/0 = 2mm beads
8/0 = 3mm beads
6/0 = 4mm beads


Miyuki beads have an inner size of 1 mm. For this you can buy special thread to use in your projects, also produced by Miyuki. The thread is available in a variety of colors but they have one thing in common: the thread is thin but super strong!