Dollar Bead Bag Subscription Box Review – January 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. I received an email this month letting me know that the color names were inadvertently listed under the wrong sizes for this month.
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 (from top to bottom): Light Emerald AB, Matte Opaque Red, Vitrail Medium, and Light Amethyst
I actually used the 3 mm beads this month! (I seem to gravitate towards the 4 mm beads usually but now I want to make a whole bunch of bracelets like the one you see below.)
4 mm Czech Firepolished Beads (from top to bottom): Matte Opal Pink Vitrail, Dark Sapphire, Metallic Purple Iris, Rose Chartreuse Luster
Note: I may have the color names for the first and last mixed up, I’m not sure. Both have pink bases although I *think* the brownish shine on the bottom strand could be the effect of applying a chartreuse color over pink, and the top is matte, so I’m like 90% sure I’ve got it right.
This one took me a very long time to finish, but I don’t want to show you too many repeats so I try new projects from time to time. I did right angle weave with three of the 4 mm colors and some gold-tone seed beads (I don’t remember if they’re 10/0 or 11/0). I was trying to reverse engineer a bangle I found via Google image search. It looks about right but isn’t stiff like a bangle. Maybe I will put a wire inside the tube next time.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the January 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 January 2017 Dollar Bead Bag? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?