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Bead Size Chart - Millimeters mm to Inches

 

Converting mm to inches

Some people new to gemstones have never come across the metric measuring system often used in jewelry making. Even some of us who have been at it for a long time need help figuring out just how big 11mm is.

 

Dr Karen Meador made this chart for us and you to help us with these conversions. Feel free to use this chart on your site as long as you link to Karen and Magpie Gemstones.

 

Conversion of Units

25.4 millimeters (mm) = 1 inch

1 millimeter is less than 1/16 inch

To Convert Inches to Millimeters: Multiply Inches x 25.4

To Convert to Millimeters to Inches: Multiply millimeters x .03937



Conversion Chart: Millimeters to Inches

 

Mm

Inches in Decimals

*Inches in Fractions

1mm

0.04 inches

Less than 1/16 inch

 

2mm

0.08 inches

Greater than 1/16 inch & less than 1/8 inch

3mm

0.12 inches

Greater than 1/16 inch & less than 1/8 inch

4mm

0.16 inches

Greater than 1/8 and less than 3/16

5mm

0.2 inches

Greater than 3/16 and less than 1/4

6mm

0.24 inches

Greater than 3/16 and less than 1/4

7mm

0.28 inches

Greater than ¼ and less than 5/16

8mm

0.32 inches

Greater than ¼ and less than 5/16

9mm

0.35inches

Greater than 5/16 and less than 3/8

10mm

0.40 inches

Greater than 3/8 and less than 7/16

12mm

0.47 inches

Greater than 7/16 and less than 8/16

14mm

0.55 inches

Greater than ½ and less than 9/16

16mm

0.63 inches

Greater than 5/8 & less than 11/16

18mm

0.71 inches

Greater than 11/16 and less than 3/4

 

*The third column of this conversion chart is offered to help anyone who thinks more clearly using fractions than using decimals.

 

Approximate Number of Round Beads on a 16” Strand

 

2mm

3mm

4mm

6mm

8mm

10mm

12mm

203

136

100

67

50

41

34

 

Every inch is 25mm so times the number of inches by 25mm and you have how long the strand is in millimeters. Then divide by the width of the bead.

Karen Meador

 

Madeline Hoffman also offered up her chart that she uses for number of beads on a strand.

Number of beads in 14, 15, and 16 inch strands for 2-25mm beads:

 

Bead size

# of beads in 14" strand

# of beads in 15" strand

# of beads in 16" strand

mm

355

381

406

2

177

190

203

3

118

127

135

4

88

95

101

5

71

76

81

6

59

63

67

7

50

54

58

8

44

47

50

9

39

42

45

10

35

38

40

11

32

34

36

12

29

31

33

13

27

29

31

14

25

27

29

15

23

25

27

16

22

23

25

17

20

22

23

18

19

21

22

19

18

20

21

20

17

19

20

21

16

18

19

22

16

17

18

23

15

16

17

24

14

15

16

25

14

15

16

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