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Blueberry Cove Beads Subscription Box Review – November 2017

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Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Box

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!

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Black Bag

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Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Review

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!)

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Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Booklet Front

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Booklet Back

There isn’t a traditional information card with this box. This month’s theme was “Magic Forest.”

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!)

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Acorns

Antique Copper Finish Acorn Top Findings

These are fun. They have little pegs so you can glue a bead in there to take the place of the acorn. I am still looking for something with just the right size (including hole size) but I am thinking of putting them in a charm bracelet along with some other acorn charms I have in my stash.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Branches

Antique Brass Finish Branch Findings

This month’s challenge was to use these in a piece of jewelry. I don’t always do the challenge for my project but I thought I would try this month. These are drilled in various places; it’s hard to show them in a photo but in the picture of the necklace below, I’ve added some dangles and such, so you can see where the holes are.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Butterflies

Enameled Silver Finish Butterfly Charms

These would be good in earrings or on a charm bracelet (bracelets are my favorite jewelry items, which is why I make so many and discuss them so often…). The purple here could also work well in a color scheme with the flower beads below.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Deer

Antique Copper Finish Deer Charms

I think I can safely say I do not have any other deer charms or beads in my collection. That may be a first! But these are a really good size for me and I have a lot of antique copper chain and findings so I should be able to come up with a good project for these, soon.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Drops

Faceted Green Glass Drops

You’ll usually get a few strands of accent beads with Blueberry Cove Beads. I like these a lot. I recently sorted my bead collection and have 2 or 3 trays of green, so I know I have a lot that will coordinate with these. (I also used these in two projects this month!)

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Fairies

Gold Finish Fairy Charms

When I use words like “gold” and such in bead subscription box reviews, take them with a grain of salt. Actual gold-plated charms are expensive and these are just a yellow metal. They totally fit with the enchanted forest theme. I haven’t used them yet but they are a great size for me and they’d work in either earrings or a bracelet.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Flowers

Flower Drop Beads

These are drilled in an unusual way (through the back). One thing I have been meaning to do lately is really getting the hang of wire-wrapping briolettes (it always looks so messy when I do it), and while these are not briolettes, they do have a similar drill hole orientation and similar geometry and I think it would be good practice to wire wrap these, turning them into dangles for earrings or a necklace or whatever.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Large Rounds

Multicolored Faceted Rounds

These have the feel of some kind of dyed gemstone (many gemstones are dyed these days, even garnet and onyx, so don’t use the word “dyed” as a quality indicator). I haven’t figured out just what to do with them yet but I have been wanting to make some chunky bracelets lately and I think these could be incorporated into a project like that.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Millefiori

Large Millefiori and Foil Rounds

I used these in a bracelet; you can see a picture below. I’ve been wanting to work with larger beads lately and now I kind of have the bug. I’m looking all over Etsy and elsewhere online at other lampwork glass with foil in it.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Rondelles

Metallic Green Chinese Crystal (?) Accent Beads

Here is our second strand of accent beads. These were actually pretty small (you can see them next to some of the other beads in the photos of my projects below). The coating isn’t perfect, as you can see, and a few were stuck together, but overall, I thought these were better quality than the painted/dipped/coated accent beads we’ve gotten for the past few months, so I was happy.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Rounds

Green Rounds

And here is the third strand of accent beads. These were a good size for me and I used them in a bracelet. I still have some left, so they have gone into the storage container with some of my other green beads for use in future projects.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Swirl Accent

Brown Glass Beads with Painted Blue and Gold Accents

I think these are quite pretty in person and I used all but about four of them in a necklace this month. I think the colors add a bit of warmth to projects, which is nice at this time of year.

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Necklace

Here is a necklace I made with one of the branch findings as well as some of the green accent beads and the brown rounds with foil.

Blueberry Cove Beads Noember 2017 Bracelet 1

Blueberry Cove Beads November 2017 Bracelet 2

I had some extra time on my hands so I also made this bracelet, roughly patterned after something I saw online (with totally different beads).

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). There were 12 items so you are paying about $2.25 an item once you factor in the cost of shipping. I feel that the quality of the accent beads was much higher this month than in the past few months, and I had a lot of fun making a branch necklace (and yay, I still have two branches left, so I can try a few more things with them).

What did you think of the November 2017 Blueberry Cove Beads? 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.

4 Comments

  1. The necklace you created reminds me of one of my favorite bal masque. Your creation is absolutely amazing, and the beads and the theme are perfect! It’s as if the company knew.

  2. Even though I don’t make jewelry myself, I love reading these reviews, so I can see what you made with the contents of the sub. I love both the necklace and the bracelet you made!

  3. Cool theme this month! The branch & deer pieces in particular are unique & fun.

    • This month was good for me, too. There are times when the themes don’t fit my taste super well (that is a risk with any themed item, I suppose), but I liked pretty much everything this month, and the colors appealed to me, too.

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