These beads are cylinder shaped. Called 2 cuts but they look like cylinders to me. They came out of some old stock we purchased out of a NYC basement. The supply is limited so if these are appealing, get them while we have them. There are 12 strands in the hank. The hank is 10" in length so each loop is 20" long. That's a lot of beads These seed beads are all temporarily strung in hanks for your seed beading and weaving convenience. Simply tip your needle through the string and take off what you need. This is one of the nice features of beads sold in hanks.