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How to know how many Czech bead are in a hank, strand, or mass

Have you ever wondered how many beads should be in a hank, a strand, or a mass? Read on to enhance your bead shopping savvy.

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It’s no coincidence that as you go from bead shop to bead shop you often find Czech glass beads sold on strands — sometimes in individual strands and sometimes in bundles called hanks. This has been the practice within the Czech bead industry for decades. Of course, you may find Czech beads in bags, tubes, or on shorter strands, but with a few exceptions, if they’re not on strands, they’ve probably been re-packaged after leaving the factory. Listed below are some standard units and measurements that will help you as you’re shopping for beads. 

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Seed beads

A standard hank is made up of 12 20-in. (51 cm) strands. Depending upon the bead size, the weight and number of beads in a hank varies considerably. The approximate weight and bead counts for some 
of the commonly-found hanks are as follows:

 

Bead size                    grams                 bead count

13Charlottes*           13–17g                 ~3800 beads

110s                                30–40g               ~4000 beads

100s                               35–40g               ~3500 beads

80s                                 5–75g                 ~2800 beads

60s                                 130–140g           ~2000 beads

 

* Charlottes are usually sold on short hanks (12 12-in./30 cm strands). If you’re buying vintage seed beads, you’ll find that they’re usually sold on hanks consisting of 10 8–10-in. (20–25 cm) strands.

   

Pressed glass and fire-polished beads

Hanks of pressed glass and fire-polished beads have a specific number of beads per strand:

 

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Czech pressed glass

3 and 4 mm = 100 beads per strand 

4–6 mm = 50 beads per strand

8 mm or larger = 25 beads per strand

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Fire-polished beads

3 and 4 mm = 50 beads per strand

6 mm and larger = 25 beads per strand

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Buying in large quantities?

Here are some terms you need to know!

  • ½ mass = 600 beads
  • ¼ mass = 300 beads
  • 1mass = 150 beads
  • 110 mass = 120 beads
  • Gross = 144 beads
  • ½ gross = 72 beads
  • 112 gross = 12 beads
  • Kilo = 1000 grams (2.2 pounds)
  • ½ kilo = 500 grams
  • ¼ kilo = 250 grams
  • 110 kilo = 100 grams

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