Durability of Delicas
Beads
Per Inch
Approx.
Size
Bead Ruler
DB Size 11/0
19
2 mm
DBM Size 10/0
15
2-1/2 mm
DBL Size 8/0
09
3-1/2 mm

Miyuki emphasizes that the treatment and use of certain beads ultimately determines how the colors will last. For example, those beads marked on the chart below as being subject to fading or color changing are, they state, not particularly likely to do so. However, in an "abnormal situation," fading is possible or even likely. So if you make an amulet purse using the beads which Miyuki indicates might fade, and it is displayed in a sunny store window, it probably will begin to fade sooner or later. Likewise you probably shouldn't make bracelets or necklaces with Delica colors which rub off.

Similarly, the beads marked as subject to drycleaning changes will generally be okay as long as the dry-cleaning solution is a weak one. But if it is too strong, the coatings on silver-lined and dyed beads will be lost.

Finally, colors which Miyuki says may rub off might last years in a woven hanging but be totally inappropriate for a bracelet.

Hex cut delicas use the same codes and react in the same way as their smooth counterparts.

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Given the range of colors Miyuki produces, and the many ways in which Delica beads are now being used, it is impressive how rarely we hear of problems. If you do have a problem, however, please feel free to email and let us know.

Any Delicas not on the list below are tough and resistant to A,B and C.

Here is the key for the listings below:
A - Color might fade, change (especially when left in sunlight) or tarnish
B - Color might rub off (bright purple & fuchsia are most likely to rub off)
C - These beads should not be drycleaned (expecially important for beaded clothing)

DB-11 thru 22L B
DB-31 thru 32 B
DB-33
C
DB-34 B
DB-35 thru 37
A,B,C
DB-38 B
DB-40 thru DB-48
A,B,C
DB-52
A,C
DB-53
C
DB-54 thru DB-59
A,C
DB-60
C
DB-61 thru 65
A,C
DB-66 thru 68
C
DB-69 thru 74
A,C
DB-75 thru 77
C
DB-78
A,C
DB-79
C
DB-80
A,C
DB-81
C
DB-82 thru 86
A,C
DB-88 thru 89
A,C
DB-101
B
DB-102
A,B,C
DB-107
B
DB-108
A,B,C
DB-109 thru 110
B
DB-111
A,B
DB-112 thru 114
B
DB-115
A,B,C
DB-116 thru 119
B
DB-121
A,B,C
DB-123
A,B,C
DB-124
A,B
DB-144 thru 150
A,B,C
DB-181 thru 191
A,B,C
DB-203 thru 205
B
DB-208
B
DB-210 thru 211
B
DB-217 thru 218
B
DB-221
A,B,C
DB-230
C
DB-232 thru 233
C
DB-234
A,C
DB-235 thru 236
C
DB-237
A,C
DB-238
C
DB-239 thru 242
A,C
DB-243
C
DB-244 thru 249
A,C
DB-250
C
DB-251 thru 253
B
DB-254
A,B,C
DB-256
C
DB-257
A,C
DB-262
B
DB-263 thru 264 A,B
DB-265 thru 266
B
DB-267 thru 268
A,B
DB-271
C
DB-272
A,C
DB-273 thru 274
C
DB-275 thru 277
A,C
DB-278
C
DB-279
A,C
DB-280
C
DB-281 thru283
A,C
DB-284
C
DB-285 thru 287
A,C
DB-295
C
DB-296 thru 297 A,C
DB-306
B,C
Db-311
B
DB-321 thru 322
B
DB-331 thru 334
B
DB-335
A,B,C
DB-336
B
DB-340
A,B,C
DB-352 thru 353
B,C
DB-355
B,C
DB-356
A,B,C
DB-357
B,C
DB-371
B
DB-374
B,C
DB-375
A,B,C
DB-377 thru 378
B,C
DB-379
A,B,C
DB-381
A,B,C
DB-382
B,C
DB-383 thru 384
A,B,C
DB-385 thru 386
B,C
DB-387 thru 388
A,B,C
DB-389 thru 390
B,C
DB-391
A,B,C
DB-410 thru 420 B,C
DB-421 thru 422
A,B,C
DB-423 thru 424
B,C
DB-425
A,B,C
DB-426 thru 427
B,C
DB-428
A,B,C
DB-429 thru 430
B,C
DB-431 thru 432
A,B,C
DB-433 thru 435
B,C
DB-436
A,B,C
DB-451 thru 460
B,C
DB-461 thru 463
A,B,C
DB-464
B,C
DB-465
A,B,C
DB-601 thru 603
A,B,C
DB-604 thru 605
B,C
DB-606
A,B,C
DB-607 thru 608
B,C
DB-609 thru 611 A,B,C
DB-612 thru 613
B,C
DB-621
A,B,C
DB-622 thru 631
B,C
DB-651 thru 652
B,C
DB-653 thru 654
A,B,C
DB-655 thru 660
B,C
DB-661 thru 662
A,B,C
DB-663
B,C
DB-671
A,B,C
DB 672 thru 674
B
DB-678
B
DB-681 thru 697
A,B,C
DB-771
A,B,C
DB-772
B,C
DB-773 thru 775
A,B,C
DB-776
B,C
DB-777 thru 778
A,B,C
DB-779 thru 781
B,C
DB-782 thru 784
A,B,C
DB-785 thru 788
B,C
DB 791
A,B,C
DB-792 thru 794
B,C
DB-795 thru 796
A,B,C
DB-797
B,C
DB-798 thru 800
A,B,C
DB-820
B
DB-901 thru 986
C
DB-1151 thru 1152
B,C
DB-1153
A,B,C
DB-1154 thru 1156
B,C
DB-1157 thru 1159
A,B,C
DB-1162
B,C
DB-1163
A,B,C
DB-1164 thru 1166
B,C
DB-1167 thru 1169
A,B,C
DB-1170 thru 1172
B,C
DB-1173
A,B,C
DB-1174
B,C
DB-1175
A,B,C
DB-1181 thru 1183
B,C
DB-1184
A,B,C
DB-1185
B,C
DB-1186 thru 1211
A,B,C
DB-1301 thru 1308
B,C
DB-1310 thru 1315
A,B,C
DB-1318 thru 1319
B,C
DB-1333 thru 1335
A,B,C
DB-1338
B,C
DB-1340 thru 1342
A,B,C
DB-1343
B,C
DB-1345
A,B,C
DB-1347 thru 1371
B,C
DB-1376 thru 1379
A,B,C
DB 1431 thru 1460
B,C
Antique to Delica Conversion Chart
Last update by Miyuki: November 29, 1998 - We have updated a few colors 1/3/04

For those of you who run across patterns that call for Antique beads (manufactured by Toho), some of these beads may be substituted with Delica beads. These may not always be a perfect match, but many are fairly close. This list was provided by Miyuki (manufacturers of Delica's).

Toho Antique Delica x Toho Antique Delica x Toho Antique Delica x Toho Antique Delica
A1 141 A-241 62 A-610 310 A-764 354?
A-21 41 A-245 87 A-611 306 A-765 355
A-22 42 A-425 104 A-612 301 A-771 56
A-23 44 A-457 124 A-613 307 A-773 85
A-25 43 A-461 135 A-615 865 A-774 59?
A-41 200 A-501 461 A-617 311 A-775 60?
A-49 10 A-551 411 A-701 33 A-776 63?
A-81 1 A-552 418 A-702 322 A-777 66?
A-82 2 A-553 420 A-703 312 A-779 70
A-83 7 A-554 417 A-704 1054 A-780 72
A-84 3 A-557 410 A-705 325 A-781 76
A-85 4 A-558 35 A-706 324 A-782 58
A-86 5 A-559 412 A-710 327 A-783 86
A-88 6 A-560 413 A-711 21 A-785 74?
A-121 201 A-561 414 A-712 31 A-786 80?
A-145 234 A-562 421 A-713 38 A-903 233
A-161 51 A-563 422 A-714 32 A-906 235
A-162 100 A-564 423 A-715 34 A-909 244
A-176 179 A-601 451 A-761 351 A-910 246
A-221 22 A-602 452 A-762 352 A-917 243
A-221A 22L A-605 455 A-763 353 A-920 238

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