Dollar Bead Bag Subscription Box Review – April 2017
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 a month + free shipping. You can also purchase a one-time box for $10 + $2.50 shipping. 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: U.S.
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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!
3 mm Czech Firepolished Beads in (from top to bottom): Matte Pink Opal AB, Matte Tanzanite Vitrail, Turquoise Travertine, and Jonquille AB
There are some great spring colors here and of course, I always love everything travertine. I may try to make the earrings shown below again with 3 mm beads, perhaps with the pink and yellow colors.
4 mm Czech Firepolished Beads in (from top to bottom): Siam Half Copper, Light Periwinkle, Peridot Rainbow Iris, and Erinite Blue Zircon
I ended up using the blue and green beads to make earrings (see below). But of course siam anything is one of my favorite Czech glass colors (because RED) and the erinite blue zircon is also an intriguing finish.
What you may not know is that I am like constantly on the lookout for things I can make with small numbers of firepolished beads so I don’t end up bringing you the same project each month for this subscription. The very day I was going to start working on this box, a blog I subscribe to offered this pattern for free. What luck! (The pattern is “Princess Earrings” by Robin Smith and you can find a link to a PDF in this post at Linda’s Crafty Inspirations. For what it’s worth, this is a really good blog to follow if you are interested in beadwork – there’s a new post almost every day and the archive goes back years. It’s not always a new pattern, sometimes it’s a color variation on an old pattern, but it’s one of the only beading blogs I’ve found that has kept up for long and managed to post regularly.)
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the April 2017 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 April 2017 Dollar Bead Bag? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?