Dollar Bead Bag is a smaller box from Dollar Bead Box and delivers Czech fire polished beads every month. During a given month, reorder your favorite items from Dollar Bead Bag 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.)
About Dollar Bead Bag
The Subscription Box: Dollar Bead Bag
The Cost: $8 for the Dollar Bead Bag; free shipping with 3- and 6-month subscriptions (plus get an additional discount on 6-month subscriptions)
The Products: 4 strands of 3 mm Czech Fire Polished beads and 4 strands of 4 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
Ships to: US
Dollar Bead Bag February 2019 Review
This is a subscription where you know what to expect every month, only the actual colors of the beads are unknown. The information card lists the color names for reordering purposes.
The bag included a list of items.
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 in (from top to bottom): Crystal Blue Zircon, Mint White Luster, Tangerine, and Transparent Cobalt Blue
If you are wanting to use multiple colors of 3mm beads in a single piece of jewelry, you can’t go wrong with the three variations on blues, and I am also thinking the bottom two strands would be useful in making something supporting a school or sports team with those particular colors. For my sake, I am just hoarding these for patterns (and if you are looking for patterns using firepolished beads, check out Around the Beading Table, which has a lot, some free and some paid).
4 mm Czech Firepolished Beads in (from top to bottom): Winter Blue, Opaque Turquoise Metallic Blue, Evergreen, and Matte Garnet
This month I opted to make a bracelet using the winter blue and evergreen beads; you can see that below. (I like the garnet beads a lot, too, but didn’t want it looking like Christmas jewelry, so I didn’t use them with the green). I think the opaque turquoise metallic blue beads could be useful in tying together two or three different colors in one piece that I wouldn’t normally think to use together, too.
Here is the bracelet I made. It is just embellished right-angle weave that I kind of made up as I went along.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the February 2019 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 or you like to make things from beading patterns.
Please note that no directions are given and you have to supply your own needles, stringing materials, tools, and findings.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but if there is a color that appeals to you, if you become a Dollar Bead Bag member, you can order items from the past two Dollar Bead Bags from the Dollar Bead Box shop for $1 each (plus shipping).
Value Breakdown: At $8.00 for this subscription, you are paying $1 per strand.
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