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 September 2018 Review
This is still a pretty new subscription and they are still working out a few kinks 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 a while now). There are also links to online resources if you need a little help with a technique.
Beaded Bead Necklace
Here are all the materials you need to make the necklace.
Here are some in-progress shots of the beaded bead elements. You make three large ones and three smaller ones. I need to get some thread cutters that get closer to the beads because you can really see my ends in that picture of the smaller beaded beads…
Word of advice if you haven’t finished this one yet. Put one of the smaller beaded beads on the bottom, just above the knot. I did it the reverse way and ended up having to tie two knots so the larger beaded bead didn’t slide right off the necklace. Oops.
Here is the finished piece. There are several options for putting it together but I did one pretty similar to the main image in the instructional booklet.
Here are the materials for this month’s second project, a lightweight bracelet using seed beads and Preciosa crystals. I’m less into the color scheme for this one although I do have a few outfits it would match.
You basically just make a lot of these units, until you reach the length you need to go around your wrist. (Yay, with small wrists, I always have extra beads, plus, it doesn’t take me as much time to finish.) I did have to restart this one about three times because I was trying to follow the diagrams without reading the instructions. It is definitely important to go around the seed bead units with your thread at least twice to maintain tension or you get something that looks very sloppy. But finally, I got it right.
Here is the finished bracelet. I am definitely a fan of magnetic clasps.
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. These projects usually take longer than with the stringing version of the box, but I can see how they appeal to a different crowd. This month, the time commitment was a little shorter than usual. My favorite piece for the month is probably the necklace, just because it makes use of a color palette I’ve been really into lately, but the bracelet was a useful reminder to me to read the instructions as well as look at the diagrams (usually I am a “diagrams only” sort of person).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You will receive the October 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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