Blueberry Cove Beads Subscription Box Review – March 2017
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: U.S. and Canada
Good to know: You will receive this towards the end of the month or the beginning of the next month if you live in the U.S. since it is shipping from Canada. (Blueberry Cove Beads did recently start using a new shipping service so now you can track your packages, though!)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
There isn’t a traditional information card with this box. This month’s theme was “Peacock” and the challenge is to make something using at least three of the bead types provided.
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.
Please note that no directions are given and you have to supply your own needles, stringing materials, tools, and findings.
Blue Glass Rounds
I like the color here although these beads were kind of a pain to work with. I think they were strung, then dipped in some kind of coating, because a bunch of them were actually stuck together. (If you were wondering, I used a pair of dull scissors to get the stuck ones apart.)
Green Stone Rounds
My first idea for the month used these but I changed course partway through (as I am known to do). But they are a pretty color and I’m sure the right project will come along soon.
Dyed Shell Links
I used most of these. And now I want more of them. They are lightweight and I like the way they hang when fastened together with jump rings.
My first idea for the month also used these but it didn’t end up working out. No big deal, though, since it means I have them available for a different project. The gold color here does provide a nice contrast with the rest of the month’s beads.
Blue Glass Teardrops
I love this color of glass. I don’t have an idea for these yet but I think they are really pretty.
Green Glass Rounds with Eyes
The eyes here are great for the peacock theme. These will be going in a bracelet, eventually, probably with some gold accents.
Green Stone (?) Ovals
I am often just as excited about the accent beads for the month as I am about the focal beads. I am not totally sure what these are made of. Anyway, the color would be great in spring designs, maybe along with some pastels.
I used a lot of these. Because I am a big fan of jewel tones. It is difficult to see here but they have a slightly reflective coating so they have some nice sparkle.
Large Glass (?) Teardrops
Again, I’m not sure of the material here, but these have lovely facets. They are probably more pendant material for me than anything else because they are actually sort of hefty (bigger than quarter sized).
Small Matte Iris Glass Discs
These are flattened, not round (I realize it is difficult to tell from the photo). I think they might make some nice cluster earrings since they are fairly small and they aren’t heavy.
Here is a necklace I made with some of the beads from this month. I did right angle weave with the blue rounds and purple bicones and some seed beads I had, then used some gold beads with loops to hang the shell from. I would’ve made the shell part longer but there were only 23 shell pieces and I needed a multiple of 6.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value here but if you divide the total cost + shipping by the number of items, you are paying about $2.70 an item. I think that is reasonable, especially in view of the number of longish strands we received this month. The deep, bright colors from this month definitely appealed to me. And now I am kind of obsessed with the idea of making more necklaces like this with dyed shell links.
What did you think of the March 2017 Blueberry Cove Beads? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?