BeadCrate Subscription Box Review – July 2017

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BeadCrate is a monthly subscription box for bead enthusiasts. Every month you’ll receive a curated collection of beads, findings, and other goodies to enhance your beading creations! There are three box sizes – Hobbyist ($7.99), Enthusiast ($15.99), and Collector ($35) [prices don’t include shipping] to choose from. This is the Enthusiast Crate!

The beads always come neatly packaged inside individual well-labelled plastic bags inside a cute organza bag. We also have a curator’s note explaining the theme. This month, we are introduced to Bird Brains! In case you haven’t realized yet, I’m a Crazy Bird Lady, so anything “bird” is mine! Have you seen the little cute bird stamp in the box? Adorable! Back to business, you can share your creation on their social media (Instagram or Facebook, don’t forget to tag them!) for a chance to get a little surprise in next month’s box.

The crate comes with a chart that tells you exactly what you’re getting.

8mm Medium Sapphire Rounds. I love the colour, but I’m not the biggest fan of 8mm glass rounds. They would be lovely paired with bead caps for simple earrings, or on a chunky bracelet.

4mm Lavender Garden Mix Druks. I love love love the mix of the colours! I can see the lovely feathers of a cute bird in this mix. I really needed to use them! I like these beads, we get some form of druks quite often in this subscription, and I like how simple they are. I used some of them in my design this month, I like how they look as links.

12x9mm Opaque Light Beige Picasso Rice Beads. At first I thought they didn’t really fit in this box, with bird as a theme. But then, they look like eggs! I saw some July’s designs on social media where subscribers used them to make wire-wrapped nest with eggs. It’s lovely!

6x10mm Pink Twisted Barrels. I really like the twisted shape.

Memory Wire. This is the perfect size for a bracelet. I really need to find appropriate pliers for them, I don’t want to ruin my own set.

15x17mm Quest Antique Silver Bird. Look at this cutie! At first, I wanted to make a Tree-of-life pendant (I could have used the memory wire for the base) with that bird flying in the tree, but I was pretty busy this month and my idea didn’t happen. I’ll probably still do it at some point.

12x17mm Tierracast Antique Silver Fat Bird Charm. An other cutie! A FAT cutie! I love fat birds! I will hang it on a simple chain, and it’ll become my Crazy Bird Lady tag. But it would work as well on a bracelet, especially stretch bracelet with some colourful gemstones.

Toho 11/0 Transparent Peridot. This colour reminds me of the beautiful feathers on an Amazon, or a Male Eclectus, or a Macaw (I love parrots…) I wanted to used them with red and blue seed beads to make a pair of fringe earrings, but it was taking me way too long, and I wasn’t satisfied with the results.

3mm Amber Druks. Small rounded beads are so versatile. They can be used as spacer beads to add a bit of colour.

4mm Siam Ruby Rondelles. The colour is so vibrant! Reminds me of Macaws and the male Cardinal that lives with his companion in my backyard. I like using flat rondelles as these for dangles, or links.

6mm Smoky Topaz Firepolished Faceted Rounds. You always get some firepolished beads in this subscription, and they are so versatile. They are shiny, but not overly, and the colour is lovely. With antique brass bead caps, they would be lovely.

3mm Firepolished Matte Crystal Faceted Rounds. Nice small beads.

After multiple attempts at making something bird-like, I decided instead to make a colourful necklace, small and light, like feathers!

It’s so nice to get a colourful box like this month’s BeadCrate once in a while! I like color-themed box, but I enjoy playing with different colour combination. Bird Brains was the perfect theme for this vibrant box, and I still have a lot of beads to play with!

What do you think of this month’s BeadCrate box?

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