Antique Micro Seed Beads OPQ Red Clay Brown


Antique micro seed beads in reddish clay brown


Color: Opaque Red Clay Brown (slightly darker than photographed)
Size: 18/0
Quantity: 2 – 3 gram hank

These old European glass micro beads were manufactured some time between the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. They’re a tiny size 18/0 seed bead, which allows for incredible detail & resolution. Many of the beautifully detailed antique beaded purses were created using these beads, which makes them highly sought after for purse restoration. Because they were manufactured so long ago, they show much greater variance in size and shape than contemporary beads.

Again, these beads are very, very small — like the size of a grain of sand.  I recommend them for experienced beadworkers, extremely patient people, or those who enjoy a good challenge. When strung, there are about 32-38 beads per inch. A hank has 2 strands measuring 20″ each (or 10″ when tied in a loop) and weighs 2 – 3 grams.

These pictures have been magnified to give a good sense of color and shape. Any dust or debris in the photos are generally tiny specks not visible to the naked eye. And of course, coins are not included in your purchase – they’re simply shown to give a sense of scale.

Additional information

Weight .25 oz
Dimensions 1 × 1 × .25 in