FINISH DURABILITY INFORMATION

DURABILITY CODES as provided by MIYUKI CO, LTD

View the full DELICA DURABILITY CHARTS (updated: 06-03-18)

When MIYUKI first developed DELICAS they were primarily intended for use as a loom-weaving bead, and even now in Japan, the majority of people using DELICAS are making woven tapestries which are matted, framed, and hung on the wall just like we do with needlepoint. Under these conditions, dyed and/or galvanized beads are fine because they are out of direct sunlight and protected from skin oils, friction, chemicals, etc. Problems only arise when such beads are used to make jewelry or other items handled too often.

Please note that although only DELICAS are listed below, all MIYUKI BEADS with the same color description and/or finish, should be assumed to have the same durability as the MATCHING DELICA. You can find DELICA to SEED matches here: CONVERSION CHARTS

THE 3 CATEGORIES OF RISK:

[A] FADING colors which might change and/or fade due to bright sun or tarnish.
[B] FRICTION colors which might rub off from friction or contact with skin acid.
[C] CLEANING colors which might alter or fade from chemicals & dry-cleaning.

EACH CATEGORY IS ASSIGNED 1 OF 3 RATINGS:

[0] There is no problem in usual use.
[~] There might be a problem in durability by individual use.
[x] There is not strong durability. Attention is required for use.

You can FIND these CODES in the TECHNICAL NOTES TAB on all 11/0 DELICA PRODUCT PAGES



We are working on translating these codes to all MIYUKI BEADS as shown on the CONVERSION CHARTS
(where you can find out whether there are other bead types that match DELICA finish/colors)
View the full DELICA DURABILITY CHARTS


NEW INFORMATION from MIYUKI's Web Site:

Process Feature ex. Durability
A B C
Transparent Crystal or colored transparent.
0 0 0
Opaque Black,Chalk-White or colored opaque.
0 0 0
Silverline Silverplated into the hole of beads. Silverline ~ ~ ~
Silverline dyed ~ X X
Rainbow
(AB coating)
Rainbow coating. Transparent rainbow 0 0 0
Opaque rainbow 0 0 0
Inside color rainbow ~ 0 X
Luster Luster coating. Transparent luster 0 0 0
Opaque luster 0 0 0
Glazed luster 0 ~ 0
Metallic Iris coating or bronzed
luster glazed.
Gunmetal 0 0 0
Iris 0 0 0
Bronze 0 0 0
Gold Luster Gold luster glazed.
X ~ ~
Ceylon Luster coating or inside coloring of opalescent beads.
0 0 0
Inside Color Dyed color inside
the hole of beads.
Inside color ~ 0 X
Dyed Color Dyed color
on the
surface of beads.
  ~ X X
Galvanize Silverplating
on the
surface of beads.
  ~ X X
Dyed ~ X X
Duracoat Durable Coating Duracoat Galvanized ~ ~ ~
Duracoat Silverline Dyed ~ ~ ~
Duracoat Opaqeue Dyed ~ ~ ~
Silk Silk White color with Satin finish.
0 0 0
Special Plating Special Plated beads as 24KT,
Palladium
,Nickel,etc.
  0 ~ 0
Inside (Gold) 0 ~ 0

Inside( Copper)

~ X ~
Dyed ~ X X
Frost(Matte) Frosted beads. Frost 0 0 0
Frost rainbow 0 0 0
Matte bronze 0 0 0
Semi~Matte 0 0 0
Special Finish Silverline Glazed Beads
~ ~ ~
Picasso Picasso coating
~ ~ ~
Special Coating Czech Coating Mrea, Magic Orchid etc.. ~ ~ ~


*How to see the durability information
This data is based on our examination result and manufacturing history. It is not the absolute one, therefore it differs in an individual use and condition. Please confirm it well before you use it.

Mark Meaning
A Colors which might change and / or fade due to bright sun or deterioration with time.
B Colors rubbing off from friction or contact with skin acid.
C Colors which will alter or fade from dry-cleaning.
0 There is no problem in usual use.
~ There might be a problem in durability by individual use..
X There is not strong durability , so attention is required for use.


*Notice
Please do appropriate handling referring to the above information and the following notices when they are applied to textile goods or accessories that touch the skin directly.

  • Some beads are dyed,galvanized or plated. The colors on the outer layers may come off, rubbed, or if soaked in the strong solvent.
  • Silverline or galvanized beads are oxidized while apply on certain fabrics that are acidic, they may decay or turn dark due to the chemical change. In order to avoid such case, neutralize your fabrics and threads before embroidering.
  • Some dyed color beads might fade by the sunray.

  • I have tried Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray (matte or shiny non-yellowing finish) on beads that have a tendency to fade or wear off easily.
    Do a test sample as they will change the appearance somewhat or more.
    Place your beads in a good sized plastic bag (1/2 gallon or larger). Blow into the bag to poof it open with air. Spray a quick burst or two into the bag. Be careful not to breath in the fumes! Best if done outdoors! Seal or twist the bag closed while it's poofed with air inside like a balloon and shake continuously about 2-3 minutes or until they no longer stick together. When dry, your beads should be well protected! When I first heard this I thought it would be a sticky nightmare and waste of perfectly good beads but it wasn't!