Facet Jewelry Box Subscription Review + Coupon – February 2018
Facet Jewelry Box is a new subscription box from the editors at Facet Jewelry and Bead & Button magazine. They offer two versions: the “Quick and Easy Stringing” box and the “Bead Stitching” box, so you can choose a subscription based on your skill level and interests, as well as the amount of time you want to invest in the projects.
This is a review of the $24.95 a month “Quick and Easy Stringing” box (both versions cost the same).
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.)
About Facet Jewelry Box
The Subscription Box: Facet Jewelry Box Quick & Easy Stringing
The Cost: $24.95 a month + free US shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
Coupon: Use code FACET to save 10% off your first box!
The Products: Materials and instructions to complete two beading/jewelry making projects using stringing techniques.
Ships to: US (free) and international (shipping fee will be assessed during checkout and you will be responsible for customs charges, VAT, receiving charges, etc., as appropriate for your location)
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Facet Jewelry Box Quick & Easy Stringing February 2018 Review
The first thing you see when you open the box is this full-color booklet. I haven’t shown you all of the pages inside because part of the subscription fee is for the projects that are included, but I did show one page to give you a feel for the level of detail.
This is a really nice booklet, honestly, but I’d expect nothing less from the folks at Bead & Button (I’ve been a subscriber for awhile now). There are also links to online resources if you need a little help with a technique.
Project #1: Pearl Cascade Necklace
Here are the materials for the first project, the “pearl cascade necklace.” (Most of the pearls are of the faux variety, but you do get a few real freshwater pearls and some other faceted rounds of various sizes.) You also get matching chain and findings.
You will have to supply your own tools. This project required a few pairs of pliers and some wire cutters. If you are just getting started with beading, you can get a decent set on Amazon. (Here is a set I bought about two years ago. I still use them all the time. And OMG, I had two pages of order history of just jewelry-making pliers on Amazon when I went looking for this item…)
Since this is a project-based box, here are a few “in progress” photos:
The first thing you do is make dangles from the beads and headpins. If you didn’t know how to make a loop before, you will by the end of this step!
Here I have started attaching the dangles to the chain.
Now all that’s left is adding the clasp.
Here is my finished necklace. This took me under an hour. I probably should’ve paid more attention to which side of the chain links I was adding my beads to so you see more beads and less chain (it also might’ve worked better with something other than curb chain, which I will now test using beads and chain from my own stash). But I still like how it turned out.
Project #2: Wrapped Briolette Earrings
Here are the materials for the second project, the “wrapped briolette earrings.” The briolettes are quartz so they are worth a little more than just plain glass.
There’s not much in the way of “progress” to show for this project. But I thought I would share a tip. The wire came wrapped around a card, as you can see in the earlier picture, and it had some kinks and bends. So I used my wire straightener on it first, so that the only bends in the wire in the final project were the ones that I put there as I worked. (This step was not in the instructions but if you are thinking of working with wire very often, I highly recommend getting a wire straightener.)
Here are the completed earrings! This was a very quick project, probably took me under 10 minutes once I found the wire straightener.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for Facet Jewelry Box. I feel like the projects were well-chosen and definitely fit the “quick and easy” description. I found the materials provided to be of high quality and I thought the instructional booklet was excellent (and well-edited; I didn’t notice any errors). I feel like the people who will enjoy this version of the box the most are (1) people new to beading or (2) people who like to bead but don’t have a ton of time.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You will receive the March box. Boxes go out after the 20th and people who sign up before the 15th will get that month’s box. If you sign up after the 15th, you may still be able to get that month’s box but this is not guaranteed.
Coupon – Use code FACET to save 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: at $24.95 per box, you are paying about $12.48 per project.
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What did you think of the February 2018 Quick & Easy Stringing Facet Jewelry Box? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?