Blueberry Cove Beads Subscription Box Review – November 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 “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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).