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Blueberry Cove Beads Subscription Box Review – July 2016

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Blueberry Cove Beads is a beading subscription from Canada. Every month they ship beads and supplies and post a challenge incorporating one or more items from the box. If you choose to enter the challenge, you share photos of your project and may win your next month’s box free!

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The Subscription Box: Blueberry Cove Beads

The Cost: $27 ($22 for the subscription + $5 shipping)

The Products: A curated selection of beads and findings centered on a theme.

Ships to: US and Canada

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There isn’t a traditional information card with this box. This month the challenge is to make earrings using a certain bead in the box; the theme was “rainforest.”

A note on prices: Items like this can come from a variety of different suppliers at many price points depending on how many you buy, etc. Even different colors of the same size and shape of glass beads are priced differently due to materials needed to make the colors! So I have opted not to provide prices in this review.

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Blue Lampwork Bug

This kept rolling so I couldn’t get a good picture. But in person, it is pretty cute. (It’s a blue bug on a plant stalk.)

Ceramic Snakes (2 count)

These were cute. See below for a close up (they had little tiny eyes painted on). With only two, the obvious choice is earrings, but we will see.

Lizard Charms (5 count)

I used every one of these in my projects. I like charms lately, quite a lot, and I am going to look for more of these.

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Here’s my attempt at a close-up of one of the snakes.

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Silver Leaf Beads

I used a couple of these but I still have a lot left. Maybe I can make a coordinating piece? Basic metal beads are always good to have around, anyway.

Acrylic Flowers

I don’t actually know the material for these, but they are pretty light so I am guessing acrylic. Not sure how I will use these yet although I have the beginnings of an idea.

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Teal Wooden Beads

I am going to practice my macramé skills and then use these in a piece. (Wood beads always make me think of macramé.)

Green Ceramic Beads

These have some weight to them so I will have to think about how to use them. They are a bit heavier than the sorts of beads I typically work with.

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Strand of Larger Green Rounds

These have the weight and feel of semiprecious stones but I don’t really know what stone they are. I used quite a lot of them in the stuff I made this month.

Strand of Smaller Dark Green Rounds

These also have the weight and feel of semiprecious stones but again, don’t know what they are. I used some of them as well.

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Eek, didn’t realize how blurry this picture was until it was too late to retake it (as in, many of the beads have been used). Sorry about that. I can’t do manual focus on my camera.

Frosted Glass Fluted Rounds

There were 8 beads here, pairs of four different colors. I used some of these in a pair of earrings (see below).

Green Cat Eye Glass Drops

I used a couple of these as well. I have enough left to make a coordinating piece, or to make more earrings (I have 6 piercings in each ear and can wear dangly earrings in 4 on each side).

Green/Gold Glass Rounds

These were the beads from the challenge this month. I didn’t end up using them (but I never enter the contest because it involves social media, which I avoid). But, that just means they are available for some future project.

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Here are some earrings I made with (mostly) beads from the box. I did use the chandelier findings from a different bead box (center pair of earrings) as well as some chain and titanium hooks (I can only wear titanium earrings) I had at home.

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And here are some bonus stretchy bracelets I also made. I supplied the silver beads that the lizard charms are attached to and the tiny silver spacers on the bracelet with smaller beads.

Verdict: I did not calculate a value for this box, as explained above in my note about prices. I am sure that if you are buying wholesale, you could get a better deal. But then you would end up with pounds of the same type of bead. If you do the math, it comes out to a little over $2 per item. While some of the beads are undoubtedly worth less than that, the semiprecious stones, lampwork bug, and several of the others are probably worth more, so I think it evens out. Plus, I particularly loved the lizard charms and the silver leaves, and I liked the rainforest theme. Overall, this was a good month for me.

Please note that no directions are given and you have to supply your own needles, stringing materials, tools, and findings.

What did you think of the July 2016 Blueberry Cove Beads? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?

Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

6 Comments

  1. I’ve been so inspired by your designs these past few months that I subbed to BeadCrate and Bargain Bead Box (for starters haha) and eagerly awaiting my first boxes in August 🙂 I’m no pro, self taught during the pre-YouTube days, aka books, like with paper inside and everything 🙂
    I am very sensitive/allergic to mixed metals and got frustrated when everything I liked I couldn’t wear. Now I get inspiration and try to recreate things, especially earrings (by far the worst offender!) by using stainless steel, stering sliver, or titanuim wires/posts. I’ll take apart and re-string bought items so I can wear. Its DIY fun that I find relaxing and have given away plenty as gifts but now my bead stash is lower than ever so I can’t wait to see what my boxes hold!

  2. What a cute theme, the snake and bug beads are really fun. You earrings and bracelets are gorgeous! Very wearable, which I love. I don’t make jewelry but always check out these reviews to see what you made!

    • Thanks. I only make things I would wear. That is why you don’t see every item from a box in the same piece (sometimes that would be a hot mess…).

  3. Love your bracelets. Which is your favorite of the bead boxes?

    • They are all different. So it kind of depends. Bead Crate has a lot of glass and smaller beads, usually in coordinating colors. Dollar Bead Box is a bit random, but if you subscribe for a couple of months, you start finding that you can use items from previous months in current projects (also they have really good customer service). Bargain Bead Box never has seed beads and has had some nice findings. And Blueberry Cove Beads has fun monthly themes.

  4. I so love the items you design. You are amazing!

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