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 “Bead Stitching” 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 Bead Stitching
The Cost: $24.95 a month + free US shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use code SAVE50 for 50% 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)
Facet Jewelry Box Bead Stitching April 2018 Review
This is still a pretty new subscription so I really didn’t know what was in store:
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.
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.
The spool of Fireline is for use with both projects.
Project 1: Woven Fringe Earrings
The first project was also the quickest to complete. I put fewer drops on these than recommended in the instructions because it was getting kind of tight to work in the center of all of this, but I think they turned out OK, nonetheless. I now have a good sense of how to make some cluster earrings, as well, so I think I am going to try making items with a similar motif now that I have a sense of how this comes together.
I’d say these took me under an hour to complete, but I also really wasn’t watching the clock.
Project 2: Embedded Peyote Bracelet
This is the more involved project this month. I was worried when I saw “peyote” that it was code for “you will never finish.” But then I started working and the little cube beads actually cause the project to work up fairly quickly (that’s assuming you know how to do peyote stitch already, which I do).
I like that the clasp is a slide clasp like this. I really think it’s the best choice for a bracelet because you can put it on and take it off yourself – much easier than a lobster claw.
Anyway, if you are an experienced beader, this one will be easy for you. I have some tiny cubes in other colors and lots of fire polished crystals and I might play around with this motif some, as well.
Also, you don’t need much in the way of tools to complete the projects this month, though some round nose pliers would be nice for working with the earring findings.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for Facet Jewelry Box, but you get the materials and instructions for making two complete pieces of jewelry. I feel that this box would be best for people who have been doing bead stringing for awhile and want to get a little more advanced. It is a good way to learn and practice with some techniques that you will see in a lot of other stitching projects (for example, a lot of the projects in Bead and Button magazine assume you understand peyote stitch). You do not get a choice of colorways (though if you really like something and want it in a different color, you can remake the projects with your own materials in your choice of colors using the same instruction sets).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You will receive the May 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.
Value Breakdown: At $24.95 per box, you are paying about $12.48 per project.
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