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BeadCrate Subscription Box Review – November 2017

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Bead Crate November 2017 Box

BeadCrate is a monthly subscription box for beading enthusiasts. Choose from “The Enthusiast” for $15.99 a month or “The Collector” for $35 a month. You can also buy a single box to see if this subscription is for you.

Bead Crate November 2017 Organza

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This review is of The Enthusiast, $15.99 a month, box. 

Bead Crate November 2017 Review

The Subscription Box: BeadCrate

The Cost: “The Enthusiast” for $15.99 a month or “The Collector” for $35 a month. Save with longer subscriptions.

The Products: A selection of beads curated around a monthly theme (or beads that are just cool and random)

Ships to: U.S. (free for “The Collector” and $5 for “The Enthusiast”)

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Bead Crate November 2017 Booklet

This letter/information sheet accompanied the shipment. The theme this month was “Earthy.”

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!

Bead Crate November 2017 3mm

3mm Color Trends Saturated Metallic Hazelnut (Czech glass, 50)

3mm firepolished beads are useful in so many ways – as spacers, in patterns, etc. And this color is useful because it will work as part of a lot of different color schemes. I haven’t used these yet, but I will soon.

Bead Crate November 2017 Carnelian

4mm Carnelian Rounds (10)

Real semiprecious stones are rare in bead subscriptions due to the cost. It is nice to get them every now and then. These will look wonderful in a pendant; lots of patterns for shaped beads these days have a few 4mm rounds in them.

Bead Crate November 2017 Connector

12mm Quest Antique Gold 3-Hole Connector (USA Pewter, 1)

This is a new brand for me; Quest seems to be a TierraCast competitor based on the sorts of items we received from them this month. It is a little weird to get only one of these, as I would typically use them in pairs in a necklace or earrings, but I think this can be adapted to make a tassel-like focal for a necklace.

Bead Crate November 2017 Green

7 x 11 Teal Lanterns (Czech glass, 25)

This is a great color for the palette I’ve been using lately and these will look wonderful in a piece of jewelry with copper wire and/or copper bead accents.

Bead Crate November 2017 Jasper

4mm Round Brecciated Jasper (10)

I remember some number of years ago being obsessed with brecciated jasper because I really liked the reddish color that typically makes up a part of its appearance. These will be used in a manner similar to the carnelian beads; I think these would look great with some glass beads in a Picasso finish.

Bead Crate November 2017 Ladybug

13 x 18 mm Quest Antique Silver Ladybug (USA Pewter, 1)

I’ll be honest, insects creep me out. But this does fit with the overall theme of the box. It is somewhat weighty and probably too big for earrings or a charm bracelet, but it would work as a very simple pendant.

Bead Crate November 2017 Leaves

8 x 10 mm Topaz Leaves (Czech glass, 15)

I used all of these in a necklace. I don’t typically go for the leaf-shaped beads in the projects I show you here, so I thought I would switch it up a bit. Now I kind of want to explore this theme further so I am going to go dig through my stash later to find more leaf beads.

Bead Crate November 2017 Mushroom

5 x 6 mm Matte Jet Mushroom (Czech glass, 25)

You’ll usually get one Czech “shaped” bead with this subscription. This month, it is these mushrooms. I have worked with these before and have a couple of pendant patterns that make use of them, so that is probably how these will get used.

Bead Crate November 2017 Preciosa

14 mm Preciosa M.C. AB Flower (Czech crystal, 1)

Preciosa is a common brand to see in this box, but they generally make beads that are high quality, so I don’t complain. I am thinking of making some necklaces meant for layering from this and the ladybug. I just need to make a little bail out of wire so I can hang this from a chain and I am all set.

Bead Crate November 2017 Purple

6mm Matte Amethyst Firepolished Rounds (Czech glass, 25)

I sometimes can’t come up with ways to use firepolished rounds larger than 3 or 4mm. I had an idea for these, though, and I think it turned out well. (See below.) I like most jewel tones so these were a win for me.

Bead Crate November 2017 Toggle

13 x 16 mm Quest Antique Gold Toggle (USA Pewter, 1)

You won’t always get a clasp with this subscription, but this month we did. I like the square shape just because it is different from most toggle clasps. As I mentioned earlier, this brand is new to me, but the metal plating was nice and even.

Bead Crate November 2017 Toho

11/0 Toho Seed Beads in Root Beer (16 g)

You’ll usually get at least one tube of seed beads in BeadCrate. They vary from month to month, with 8/0 and 11/0 being the most common sizes to see. This is definitely an earthy color, in keeping with the theme. I used a few of these in my project this month, but I have a lot of them left over, too.

Bead Crate November 2017 Necklace

Bead Crate November 2017 Necklace

I had an idea using the mushroom beads and carnelian beads but after a good hour of trying to make it work, I gave up. Instead, I started making these flower motifs, then I connected them together. I used the toggle clasp in the back.

Verdict: I did not calculate a value for BeadCrate, as explained above in my note about prices. If you divide the cost of the box plus shipping by the number of items, you get about $1.33 per item. I love the deep, warm colors of autumn and I got to play with a lot of them here.

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 2017 BeadCrate? 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.

9 Comments

  1. I love how you used the leaf beads to make flowers! The colors go together really well.

  2. I love reading your bead reviews to see your work. You do so many reviews a month, what do you do with all the pieces you create? Rotating wardrobe of work accessories? Gifts? An etsy that none of us know about?

    • I keep them all (no time for Etsy, and anyway, I make things to fit me and my wrists and neck are pretty small). I try to only make stuff I would wear.

      I recently had to buy four new tie racks to help hold everything.

      Also, thanks everyone for all the nice comments. (Just posting that once instead of saying “thank you” like 7 times.)

  3. I agree with Zara, I will never bead but I always love looking at your reviews to see what you can do with your beads. They are all so lovely. You are so talented.

  4. I’ll probably never bead in my life but I open every single one of your bead reviews to see what amazing creation you’ve made. This necklace is lovely!

  5. Woah! I can’t believe you were able to turn those beads into that stunning necklace! Well done!

  6. That is so creative! I never would have thought to make those into flowers. That is beautiful! I might steal that idea. 🙂

  7. LOVE that necklace !! You do such a great job of using your beads in creative ways!

    • Thanks, I think it turned out well and now I am kind of interested in exploring the same flower motif with other beads and used in other ways.

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