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How Czech Beads are Sold by Pamela Maxfield

Most Common Units of Measure The following are units of measure that are used thought the industry. These convenient measurement are widely used because they easily break down into smaller selling quantities. Mass = 1,200 pieces Gross = 144 Pieces Kilo = 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds) Incremental Breakdown of 1 mass: 1 mass = 1200 Pieces 1 X 1200 1/2 mass = 600 Pieces 2 X 600 1/4 mass = 300 pieces 4 X 300 1/8 mass = 150 Pieces 8 X 150 1/10 mass = 120 Pieces 10 X 120 One-hundred Dozen = 1200 Pieces 12 X 100 Incremental Breakdown of 1 gross: 1 gross = 144 Pieces 1 X 144 1/2 gross = 72 Pieces 2 X 72 1/12 gross = 1 dozen 12 X 12 Incremental Breakdown of 1 kilo: 1 kilo = 1000 Grams 1 X 1000 1/2 kilo = 500 Grams 2 X 500 1/4 kilo = 250 Grams 4 X 250 1/10 kilo = 100 grams 10 x 100 Stringing Currently, most Czech glass is strung on cotton string; however, we are in the process of changing our stock over to nylon string to reduce strand breakage and to make it easier for our customers to prepare the beads for resale. The number of beads per hank changes depending on many factors including size, shape and cost. The following is a general guide to how beads are strung. Bead stringing may vary depending on the batch or factory of origin. Hank - a broad term used to describe a bundle of strung beads. They quantity of beads and the number of strands per hank varies between styles and sizes. Number of beads per hank: Pressed Beads 3mm and some 4mm: 12 strands of 100 beads (1 mass) 4mm to 6mm: 12 strands of 50 pieces = 1/2 mass 8mm or larger: 12 strands of 25 pieces = 1/4 mass Fire Polished Beads 3 to 4mm: 12 strands of 50 pieces = 1/2 mass 6mm or larger: 12 strands of 25 pieces = 1/4 mass The table below shows the typical stinging quantities per minimum order unit for a given item. Please note that not all beads adhere to the typical standard. Order Increment Beads per Strand Strands per Mass 1/4 Mass 25 48 1/2 Mass 50 24 1 Mass 100 12

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