Facet Jewelry Box is a jewelry-making subscription box from the editors at Facet Jewelry and Bead & Button magazine. They offer two versions, the “Quick and Easy Stringing” version and the “Bead Stitching Version,” 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 “Bead Stitching” version for $24.95 (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 version)
The Cost: $24.95 per month on a month-to-month basis, save with longer subscriptions
The Products: Materials and instructions to complete two beading/jewelry making projects using bead stitching 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 Version) June 2019 Review
I am never sure whether I’ll be working on a project for days or just a few hours with this subscription:
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. (Lately I’ve been noticing some of the projects are from older issues of Bead and Button magazine, so if you’d like to do some similar projects, check out this series of books, especially numbers 10 and 11.)
This is a really nice-looking 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.
This one uses Miyuki Tila beads, Matubo Rullas, and several different sizes of seed beads. I think this is the first time we’ve received an extender chain, and if you have a larger wrist size, you may need it, as I was a bit worried, myself, that I would run out of Rullas (and I have small wrists).
Anyway, this was pretty quick to work up although it takes a little while for the structure to really solidify (basically when you add the outer row of seed beads).
Tilas have two different sides (one is slightly arched) but I didn’t bother keeping track because it’s something you really have to look for to see, so those are randomly distributed.
One quibble, but we were provided a size 12 beading needle and 6 lb Fireline and I cannot thread a size 12 needle with 6 lb Fireline. Fireline doesn’t compress the way cotton thread or something might (not that you would want to bead with cotton thread) and I can’t even get it through the eye of the needle. So if you are working on this project, as well as the next one, I would suggest either using one of the size 11 needles from a past month, or do what I did and use some 4 lb Fireline, which is slightly thinner (my Fireline was also clear, which I prefer to the “smoke” they keep sending, since the smoke color rubs off on your fingers).
Daisy Drop Bracelet
This bracelet uses some seed beads, including 15/0 seed beads, which I’m sure is why the size 12 beading needle was provided. The size 12 needle really is quite good for 15/0 seed beads (they are super small and you want a thin needle if you have to do multiple passes through the same bead) and size 12 is actually my preferred needle (these are the ones I buy; I’ve never had one break or rust).
Moving on, this one was also pretty easy. I actually completed both projects in one afternoon, which was great since I had out-of-town visitors over the weekend. I made a lot of daisy chains out of seed beads when I was in elementary school and it’s essentially the same stitch, but with different sizes of beads. A few of the yellow drop beads didn’t have holes and I had to cull them, but in this case, a lot of extras were provided and you shouldn’t run out even if you need to make a longer bracelet. This has a magnetic clasp but it seems to be pretty strong.
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 was happy with the instructions this month though I would have preferred a size 11 needle for each project. Bracelets are probably my favorite type of jewelry to make (they don’t take long since I have small wrists and they don’t use too many materials) and also to wear so I totally don’t mind getting two of them for projects this month.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? 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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What did you think of the June 2019 Facet Jewelry Box? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?