Color: Opaque Black Cuts
Quantity: 1 gram
These old Venetian glass micro beads were manufactured between the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. They’re a tiny size 20/0 seed bead, which allows for incredible detail & resolution. Because they were manufactured so long ago, they show greater size variance than contemporary beads. The color is an opaque black, with tiny “cuts” or facets that add beautiful sparkle when the light hits.
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 36-40 beads per inch. These beads come strung on a hank that has three strands of beads measuring 3″ each (or 1.5″ when looped closed). These hanks average about 1 gram in weight.
One of these photos shows several 3 gram bags of beads next to a dime and a ruler. As you can see, these are small bags (the ones shown are 1.5″ x 1.5″) but because the beads are so tiny, even a small bag holds quite a lot of beads. The photo shows several colors, but this listing is for one bag of the black color only. These pictures have been magnified to give a good sense of color and shape. And of course, coins are not included in your purchase – they’re simply shown to give a sense of scale.