Blueberry Cove Beads Subscription Box Review – August 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 can 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: $22 per month plus $3.50 shipping to Canada, $5 shipping to the US, or $8.50 shipping internationally
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 “Beachcombing.”
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. Also, note that you will receive this towards the end of the month or the beginning of the next month if you live in the US 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!)
Antiqued Brass Links
I didn’t end up using these this month but these would be good as links or as spacers for a 2-strand bracelet or necklace. I’ve been collecting a lot of brass lately and these will fit in nicely with the rest of my stash.
Sea Glass Beads
These are irregular chunks of tumbled glass (most of the sea glass you see these days is not really picked up from the beach but is just tumbled to get that look). I didn’t start off with the idea of using any of these in my piece, but after turning my entire collection of beads over, looking for a button with a shank – or any button at all – and not finding one, I used a headpin to make one of these into something button-like.
Wooden Seagull Charms
I am pretty sure I’ve received this exact item from Blueberry Cove Beads before (I think they did a nautical theme once). At any rate, these are super lightweight so you could put them in matching earrings and a pendant.
Resin (?) Shells
These are clearly not a natural material if you handle them, but I’m not really sure what they’re made of either. I wish Blueberry Cove Beads included an identification key in their shipments. Anyway, unlike real shells, these are also lightweight, which means there are a lot more design possibilities (the neutral color helps with that).
Coconut Shell (?) Heishi
Shell (?) Heishi
You pretty much always get some accent beads on strands with this subscription. I am only guessing at the materials for these after handling them quite a lot. (I used both types of beads in my project for the month.) These are versatile and will go with pretty much anything else in the box, which is nice.
Drilled Cowrie Shells
I’ve been wanting to make a sea-themed split loom necklace for awhile but needed an object of interest for finishing it off. I’m thinking some of these will be nice as fringe elements (perhaps along with some pearls or another natural, sea-related materials).
I really don’t have any idea what these are made of. They don’t have the weight or consistency of driftwood. I suppose they could be some kind of bone or tooth. They are similar to the size of my little finger or maybe a bit bigger. I think they might work really well as part of a two-stranded necklace (as pendants on each strand).
Glass Rounds with Foil
Marbled Glass Rounds
If you just wanted a pop of color with the otherwise mostly-neutral beads in this particular box, either of these would work well. (I don’t really think they go together, but each is nice in its own way.)
Sand Dollar Charms
Last, but not least, we have some silver-tone charms. These are of similar sizes, as you can see from the photo, and could be used together, although I happened to have spaces for exactly five dangles from the bracelet I made this month, so I just used the starfish. These were on the large end for bracelet charms, but I think they work.
This month, I made a simple wrap bracelet with the coconut shell (?) and shell beads. I added a few silver beads from my collection so I could attach the starfish charms, and I made a button-like clasp from one of the pieces of sea glass to complete the look. I also used some hemp cord because it seemed like it would go well with the other beachy items.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value here because it is hard to find similar items when you don’t know the precise materials the beads are made from (I do wish there was more information on the card that comes with the box, in case I find something I’d like to order more of). A beach theme is great when we are nearing the end of summer, and the items in the box were not the same as in some of the other beach-themed bead subscription boxes I’ve received this year (yes, there have been several, but they’ve all been different!). I liked the variety of natural materials, as well.