Dollar Bead Bag Subscription Box Review – November 2016
Dollar Bead Bag is a smaller box from Dollar Bead Box and delivers Czech Fire Polish beads every month. During a given month, reorder your favorite items from the Dollar Bead Box shop for just $1. (This deal is only available to subscribers.)
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Dollar Bead Bag, $8 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Dollar Bead Bag
The Cost: $8 for the Dollar Bead Bag + free shipping with 3- and 6-month subscriptions (plus get an additional discount on 6-month subscriptions). The Dollar Bead Box is $19.50 + $4.50 shipping.
The Products: 4 strands of 3 mm Czech Fire Polish Beads and 4 strands of 4 mm Czech Fire Polish Beads
Ships to: US
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The bag included a list of items in the box.
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. I couldn’t find a lot of these exact beads from common sources (e.g., Fire Mountain Gems) and it’s of questionable value to pick something similar because a slight difference in grading or size or material and you are looking at half or double the price (or an even greater difference). Even different colors of the same size and shape of glass beads are priced differently due to materials needed to make the colors!
Peridot Half-Metallic 3mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
Matte Crystal 3mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
Ruby Red Satin 3mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
Jet Black Gold Marea 3mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
I was in the mood for green beads the day I worked with the beads from this subscription, so I used the ones in the top row in my project this month. But, crystal and black beads will always have a place in my collection and red is my favorite color of all time, so I was happy. Note: these may appear larger than they actually are. Next month I will try to remember to put a coin in the photo with them for scale.
Amethyst 4mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
Matte Emerald Green 4mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
Pumpkin 4mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
Glacier Blue 4mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
“Pumpkin” sounded familiar and it’s because we received them in 3mm last month. Sadly, I don’t have many of those left because I used them in my project. Anyway, I was happy to see green in this size as well, and I also think the purple and blue ones would be lovely together in some sort of wintry-themed piece.
I recently bought a book called Contemporary Copper Jewelry and this pendant is adapted from a design in that book. I am trying to teach myself how to work with metal and wire and I have this obsession with copper lately. I did modify the design somewhat, but overall I am pleased with the result and want to try some variations. I used the peridot half-metallic 3 mm beads and the matte emerald green 4 mm beads here, as well as some seed beads I already had in my collection.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the November 2016 Dollar Bead Bag, for reasons explained above. This is one of those subscriptions where you know in advance what you are going to get each month (only the color is a surprise). It works out to $1 per strand, and I think that is reasonable. These strands are a little shorter than what you’d get at Fire Mountain Gems, for example, but the prices are also lower. This is a good subscription if you are looking to build your stash.
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 November 2016 Dollar Bead Bag? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?