Of course, it might not be that you need a new color, but you need the same color in a different texture--matte, transparent, opaque, opalescent, matte opaque, matte transparent, silver lined, metallic. Etc. Or another size--15s, 11s, 8s (most to the left are 8s), 6s. (The smaller the number, the bigger the bead.)
I would like one of each, please.
My husband often asks (usually after a bead shopping trip), "how many beads do you have, anyway?" A lot. A s*&# load. More than I thought I could count. Then I found a chart that shows how many beads there are per gram, of each size. (Thank you, Beadstuff!). Hey, I could actually figure this out!
I started weighing the 8s (I have fewer of those; mostly I've worked with 11s). And realized how long it would take to figure out how many I have total, even with the cheatsheet.
OK, some math. There are approximately 40 size 8 beads per gram. I have about 1262 grams of size 8 beads. Yes, one thousand, two hundred and sixty-two grams. So that's about 50,480 beads total.
There are about 1,040 size 8 beads per 6" tube. Almost 3,000 size 11 beads per tube. I've pulled out about 16 tubes of size 11s for my next project--about 47,520 beads. But of course I won't use them all on that project.
Here's a guesstimate: I have one piece that weighs about 30 grams. I'm guessing about 27 grams of it is beads. About the same weight as one tube of size 11 beads. Not all the beads in the piece are size 11, though. So using the bead chart, I'm guessing there are somewhere around 1,500-2,000 beads in the piece.
So there you have it. I can say I have thousands of beads, possibly over 100,000. But if anyone asks, I think I'm going to stick with "s&*# load."