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olive_juice
« on: July 23, 2009 02:45:33 PM »

I see them all the time at my local bead shop and they advertise them online like they're a big deal, but what are they for? They kinda just look like seed beads to me...
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2009 04:46:09 PM »

They are useful when you want a bead woven piece to appear very precise. They are very even/predictable in terms of sizing. The array of colors is an additional draw.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009 05:45:24 PM »

Delicas are more expensive because they are more consistent with their size, not much culling is necessary. However, that being said, there are other 'bead lines' that are more expensive and more precise...Toho Aikos being the most precise.

Delicas do have the great ability of having the most range of colors. There are over 980 colors/finishes where even Toho Aikos are maybe about 290. You can see that such a difference in color stock can be very appealing!

Other then color choices being a big draw, there are also great uses for the shape they offer. Tubular and large holes. These features come in handy when you need to 'pass through a bead more then (3) times' for any given pattern. The shape also allows for a wonderful stack when doing any beading stitch, except for a stitch that you are using to create a 'circle'. Any circular pattern, tubular and the like, are best completed with other bead styles.

I am an avid 'Delica' user and purchase many each week. I have a short way to go before I reach the end (like the internet, lol!) but with each Delica # I get in the mail, I see why there are so many. Each color and finish changes when set next to another, in your beadwork.

I hope this helped!

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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009 09:22:53 AM »

Thanks, guys! I wondered if it was something like that.

beads, I just spent the past hour looking at your site. Your stuff is unbelievable! And here I was all proud of myself cause I can make flowers.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2009 09:57:50 AM »

Hey, we start somewhere and if you are making flowers, you are doing fantastic! The last thing I would ever want is to 'intimidate' anyone. I use my website for many reasons, and I am hoping that inspiration is one of them, just like I get inspired by seeing such wonderful beadwork here on this forum!

I'll be keeping my eye out for some pictures of your flowers!

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2009 05:36:18 AM »

I just started using Delicas this past year or two and really love their precision and consistency.  The large hole allows for multiple passes of needle and thread too.  Previously I used a lot of czech seed beads for off loom weaving, and I probably will continue to use them, but for things where there is a more open weave, like netted projects, or stringing, or where the roundness of the beads doesn't detract from the project, such as a weaving a spiral stitch, right angle weave, etc.  But for when there is a need for a tight fabric of beads, or some dimensional work, I would continue to use delicas (or would like to try Toho brand cylinder beads too, if I could get more selection in my neck of the woods).

Here are two things I have done that show the difference between the two.

A star sphere I did with regular seed beads.  Note the gaps and and irregularities.


A smaller sized sphere (but with bigger stars) I did with delicas.  They fit together like bricks, so it looks more cohesive, and the structure was stronger too.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2009 07:12:07 AM »

Oh wow, that's a huge difference! Also, those things look amazing! You have lots of talent!

Beads, I finally posted pics of my flowers! They're here:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315865.msg3636235#msg3636235
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2009 10:38:44 AM »

Very nice - I love the blue one!  If you like doing the French style beaded flowers, with wire, then you definitely don't need to go with the expense of Delicas.
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2009 07:01:18 PM »

Whoa, Olive, they are gorgeous!
I always admired French Beaded Flowers, but for some reason I could never make them look proportionate. You are a natural! I am ready to see more!!!!

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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2009 06:39:57 AM »

I have only been beading for about a year (I am hopelessly addicted now) and my very favorite bead are the Delicas. I love them for making one or two strand necklaces/chokers that are very dainty....and ....um...."delicate" looking! (grin)
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