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TOHO Beads was founded on November 3, 1951, in Hiroshima, Japan. TOHO is the #1 glass bead maker in the world, their focus is on consistency and quality, with the respect, cooperation, and understanding of clients around the world. TOHO strives to improve techniques, as well as design and create new equipment and facilities to continue to develop new bead sizes, shapes and protective finishes

Bobby Bead has been directly importing TOHO beads since 2001 under the guidance and wisdom of Bobby Bead’s President, Robert Sorenson an artist, husband, and father; coupled with the amazingly knowable employees. It’s easy to see why they are proud of their hard work and determination that has resulted in a reputation of being one of largest retail and wholesalers with an impressive selections of TOHO beads in the USA.

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Bead Shapes

We have lots of different shape for you to use in your next project.

Bead Colors

We've got you covered with colors, way more colors than the rainbow!

Bead Sizes

Little Beads, Medium Beads, Large Beads, and everything in between.

Bead Lined & Finishes

Learn about the shimmer, shine, and the inside options of beads.

Bead Shapes

Bobby Bead knows how important quality is, that is why we solely import TOHO Japanese Seed Beads. They are of the highest quality in precision craftsmanship, with consistency of color, size and shape, and quality of PermaFinish coatings to enable you to bring your beaded design visions to life.

Bobby Bead carries 4 sizes of TOHO Round beads. They are more doughnut in shape, consistent in size, and have larger holes compared to other beads on the market.

TOHO Round beads are available in sizes: 15/o, 11/o, 8/o, 6/o.

15/o Round is 1.5mm in diameter and is a delicate bead made of highest quality.
11/o Round is 2.2mm in diameter and is used for most traditional beaded designs. 
8/o Round is 3mm in diameter, great for Kumihimo braiding projects and hole is large enough for most fibers to crochet and knit with. 
6/o Round is 4mm in diameter and a 2mm hole. With smooth edges they are easy to work with for a variety of craft projects.

TOHO Round bead Weights:
Size 15/o (286 piece per gram), Size 11/o (110 piece per gram), size 8/o (48 piece per gram), Size 6/o (16 piece per gram).

For some extra sparkle in your beadwork, Bobby Bead carries TOHO Hexagon or 2-Cut beads in size 8/o. The flat sides of the beads nestle together in Peyote stitch, or give an extra sparkle to crochet and knitting projects with their facets.

Weights and measures:
TOHO 8/o Hexagon beads are 3mm in diameter, and 3mm tall, and have a unique Hexagon shaped hole so it is considerable larger than their 8/o round counterpart.  
(43 beads per gram)

Bobby Bead is the only distributor in the world to carry over 1,000 colors of TOHO AIKO® Precision – Cylinder Beads. The stock numbers for colors of AIKO® beads are the same as regular TOHO beads for all colors so it is easy match with other bead sizes.

The TOHO AIKO® Cylinder bead is the ultimate in precision, in bead size, shape and color uniformity. All AIKO® beads are pre-culled by manufacturer in Japan so all your beads are consistent, and your beading projects will come out perfect every time. Great for structural designs, or when woven together in Peyote stitch the beads lay so seamless your projects feel like fabric.

Weights and measures; TOHO AIKO® Precision – Cylinder Beads are considered to be size 11 cylinder beads, they are 1.5mm in diameter and 1.5mm in height, (160) piece per gram.

Bobby Bead also carries the TOHO AIKO® Precision – Hex-Cut Cylinder Beads in 81 colors, they are the same dimensions as the regular AIKO® bead, but with 6 faceted sides to sparkle up any beaded project.  

 

TOHO Cube Seed beads are unique with sharp edges and Diamond shape hole for more thread passes. The straight sides enable the beads to nestle together for smooth bases or great for structural designs.

Bobby Bead currently carries 4 sizes of the TOHO Cube beads 

TOHO Cube bead “Sizes & Weights” 
Available in sizes: 1.5mm, which is similar to size 11/o
2mm, is similar to size 8/o
3mm, is similar size 6/o 
4mm, is similar to size 5/o

Weights for size 1.5mm (109 piece per gram), size 2mm (50 piece per gram), size 3mm (20 beads per gram), size 4mm (9 beads per gram)

New to Bobby Bead, the TOHO Demi Round bead is the precision thin-cut Complement to the classic round seed beads. It is the same hole size and diameter as their compliment round, but only half as tall creating thin spacer like beads. The versatile Demi shape works flawlessly with all of the popular stitches, and allows artists to create high definition designs with enhanced color depth and detail.

TOHO Demi bead “Sizes & Weights” 

Available in sizes: 11/0, 8/0 and 6/o.
Weights for size 11/o (187 piece per gram), size 8/o (80 piece per gram), 6/o (32 beads per gram).

TOHO Triangle Seed beads are unique in the industry with sharp corners and round hole. They are great for adding a little texture and sparkle to your beading projects, or can create smooth ropes when used in Tubular Herringbone since the points all nestle together in the center of the rope, and the back sides lock into place.

TOHO Triangle Seed bead weights and measures:
Bobby Bead carries size 11/o Triangles, which are 2.2mm in Diameter and height. (65 beads per gram).

TOHO Bugle Round beads are a Cylinder shape bead that is 2mm in diameter, and comes in different lengths from 2mm to 12mm with a uniformly large hole. They are smoothly cut and polished so edges are not sharp and won’t cut threads. 

TOHO Bugle Seed bead sizes and weights:
Bobby Bead carries 6 different lengths of TOHO Bugle beads: #.5 (2mm in length and 110 beads per gram), #1 (3mm in length and 80 beads per gram), #1.5 (4.5mm in length and 50 beads per gram), #2 (6mm in length and 22 beads per gram), #3 (9mm in length and 15 beads per gram), and #4(12mm in length that have 9 beads per gram).

 

TOHO Magatama Seed bead is a uniquely shaped off center drilled bead, with one narrow side and one bubbled side, so when strung it hangs like a drop bead to create fun textural designs. Great for Kumihimo and Crochet and Knitting projects to create depth and dimension. 

TOHO Magatama bead sizes and weights that Bobby Bead carries:
3mm, (same diameter and whole size as  8/o Round beads, 33 beads per gram), 4mm, (same diameter and whole size as 6/o Round beads, 14 beads per gram).

Bead Color

When it comes to color that we carry there are just to many to list here. You dream it we most likely have it or close to it! It’s important to know along with color there are three ways our beads come.

TOHO Beads has created 39 Transparent colors that let the light shine through to see rich radiance of color. They come in Regular shiny Finish, Matte finish, High Luster finish, and Rainbow Finish.

Bobby Bead uses TOHO stock numbers for all of our beads, the basic finish Transparent bead stock numbers are #1-19, 72, and 939-942. 

TOHO Ceylon-Translucent seed beads are almost see-through, like milk glass, they are a little foggy so light bounces around the bead. 

Bobby Bead carries a variety colors of Ceylon beads and Ceylon Pearl finish beads. The stock numbers are #141-156 and #901-922, #1141-1151, #1241-1251.

TOHO Opaque beads are solid color beads, the light will not penetrate through these beads. The regular Opaque finish is slightly shiny, but TOHO also makes Opaque Matte colors, Opaque Luster, and Opaque Rainbow finishes in both shiny and matte.

Bobby Bead carries all of your favorite TOHO Opaque beads in size 15/o-6/o to create all of your favorite designs. Basic Opaque color stock numbers are #41-55DF, Lusters #121-133, Rainbows #401-413F

TOHO Metallic seed beads will sparkle up any beaded projects, with a wide variety of metal tones, vibrant jewel tones, and Iris blend metallics that are mixed directly with the glass for stable and consistent color.

Bobby Bead carries Shiny metallic colors, Matte metallic colors, Higher metallic colors (extra Iris coating) and Permafinish Galvanized metallic coated beads. 

Bead Sizes

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TOHO Beads

TOHO 15/o Round Seed Beads are 1.5mm in Diameter and 1mm tall. They are a doughnut shaped bead. (286 beads per gram) 

Bobby Bead stock prefix for 15/o Round beads on websites for stock number lookup is 15T 

 

TOHO 11/o Round Seed beads are 2.2mm in Diameter and 1.8mm tall, they are a doughnut shaped bead. (110 beads per gram)

Bobby Bead carries over 600 colors of TOHO 11/o Round seed beads. the prefix for website stock number search is 11T.

TOHO 8/o Round Seed beads are 3mm in Diameter and 2.4mm in height. They are a doughnut shaped bead. (48 beads per gram)

Bobby Bead stocks over 300 colors of TOHO 8/o Round beads. The prefix to look up stock numbers on websites is 8T.

TOHO 6/o Round Seed beads are 4mm in Diameter and 3mm tall. They are a doughnut shaped seed bead. (16 beads per gram).

Bobby Bead carries about 200 colors of TOHO 6/o Round seed beads, the prefix for stock number is 6T.

TOHO Cube Beads

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TOHO Bugle Beads

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TOHO Lined Beads

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AIKO® Precision – Cylinder Bead

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TOHO Finishes

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