Wednesday, July 8, 2009

15/0 Delicas® - Use Them With Your 11/0 Patterns!

15/0 Delicas® by Miyuki are stunning little cylinders in gorgeous colours, that you can use with your favorite 11/0 Delicas® patterns to create smaller replicas for earrings and more!

15/0 Delicas
® are similar in shape and proportion to the more familiar 11/0 Delicas®, but are about half the size. As long as you work the whole piece in the same size of Delicas® the same pattern can be used. The result will be proportionately smaller. Use them to :
  • create earring-sized replicas of a favorite pendant!
  • shrink a necklace pattern to bracelet or even ring size!
  • shrink a belt pattern to a necklace or bracelet band!
  • make a pendant from a gorgeous favorite purse pattern!
And they are available in many of the great 11/0 Delicas® colours! And they come in hexagonal styles too! NLM Glass Arts carries virtually all of the 15/0 Delicas® colours - check them out on the website now!

Hint: 15/0 Delicas
® do have the larger hole, proportionately, that is common to all Delicas® when compared to the regular round seed beads. However, the smaller size of 15/0 Delicas® does impose some limits on the number of thread passes when compared to the 11/0 Delicas®, and the bead side walls are proportionately thinner, so you should consider that in picking a stitch. 15/0 Delicas® (in our experience) work well in techniques such as Peyote stitch, Brick stitch, Herringbone stitch and Loom work, even using size 12 needles and size D C-Lon thread. We don't recommend 15/0 Delicas® for stitches which put a lot of thread passes through the bead, such as Square stitch and Spiral rope stitch (although it may be possible to do so using very fine size 15 needles and size A thread or finer, we haven't tested that).