Magatama Beads

Miyuki 4mm Magatama beads (MA4) measure 4 x 4mm with a 1mm hole size. These plump teardrop beads are top-drilled with slightly flattened sides. There are approximately twelve beads per gram and twelve beads per inch. The name 'magatama' comes from the ancient comma-shaped beads used in Japanese ceremonies. These historically significant beads date back to 1,000 BC. Miyuki's modern take on this beloved and timeless shape is a great choice for any project.

When strung next to each other the 4mm Magatama beads (MA4) create a beautiful vine-like pattern. Whether you use them to embellish right-angle weave and wire crochet or the leaves for a Tree of Life pendant, the results will be beautiful. The paddle-like shape of the MA4 beads allow them to stack perfectly in a kumihimo braid, adding texture and dimension.

Miyuki Magatama Beads come in over 50 gorgeous colors. The finishes include: matte, metallic, transparent, and silverlined. The eye catching color-lined MA4 beads have a bold stripe of color around the center hole that is magnified by the transparent bulb of the outer bead. The matte opaque finishes are more earthy and organic while the matte transparent beads are reminiscent of sea glass.

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