BeadCrate Subscription Box Review – March 2018

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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 two box sizes – Enthusiast ($18.99 + $5 Shipping) and Collector ($35 with free shipping) to choose from.

This is the Enthusiast Crate!

We also have a curator’s note explaining the theme. This month’s theme is Wonderland! 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.

The beads always come neatly packaged inside individual well-labelled plastic bags inside a cute organza bag.

9mm Light Siam Ruby Flat Pansy. I love the color on these. As for the shape, they are one of the bead shapes I have no idea what to do with them.

9x9mm Light blue Coral shells. Lovely light color, my husband said they reminded him of Alice’s dress’s color in the Walt Disney version of Alice in Wonderland. I will thread them on beige colored cord for a beach inspired bracelet.

10x8mm Matte Luster/Rosaline Chunky Table Cut. I like using long beads as pendant or for a tassel. They would also be nice on earrings.

6x10mm Frost Pink AB Twisted Barrels. It has an amazing pearl-like look and they are looking mighty well with the blue shells!

6mm Luster Faceted rounds. One of my favorite beads this month, I love faceted rounds. I like this color as it fits with pretty much anything to give a smoky look to a design. I like it paired with pink (like the frost pink barrels), and they are fun to work with seed beads in a weaved design.

6mm Tweedy Red Faceted Rounds. The specks are so fun! As soon as I saw them, I wanted to do something with them. In a weird convoluted way, they remind me of old paint on metal that has started to peel off because of age. It was an obvious choice to add to a metal heavy design, especially brass.

4mm Duet Black and White Faceted rounds. These are so interesting! Half of the bead is white, the other black, perfect for a monochrome design. I’m thinking of mixing them with dominoes beads.

8/0 Toho Gold Lustered Peach. Every month, we received seed beads. I like this color, they are easy to mix them with other colors.

7x5mm Black Diamond Gemstone Donut. I like the color as it’s perfect to mix with brigther colors. Bead caps go well with rondelles and donuts to add accents. I use a lot of donuts or rondelles for earrings.

4mm Crystal Yellow Rainbow Faceted rounds. They are adorable! I like small faceted beads because you can use them in both chunky design for little accent, or with seed beads in a weaved design to add some sparks. I used them in this month’s design because their light color was bringing bling, without being heavy looking and too busy.

12x15mm Ceramic Teapot, assorted colors. Lovely little teapot, the hole goes from the top to the bottom of the pot. I haven’t used it this month, but I’m planning on using it to decorate a tea infuser with other yellow faceted beads or flower beads.

4mm Spring Flowers Druk. They are great mixed with seed beads as they don’t have faceted edges that could break threads. The color makes me want to try some window’s decoration now that spring seems to have shown up.

3mm Milky Peridot Vitrail Faceted round. I love these little guys! The color reminds me of spring, and the metallic coating adds some fun accent. I wanted to used them in my project instead of the yellow rainbow rounds, but it was too much mixed with the tweedy red rounds. I want to make chandelier-type earrings with them and lots of tiny chains.

This month, I made a ring! For no other reason than I need to practice my wire-wrapping abilities! And when I mentioned the theme to my husband, he asked if I was going with the Steampunk-Tim Burton version of it, so I did.

I like how it turned out, but you can see that I’m still a beginner in the wire-wrapping department!

I really enjoyed this month’s selection. I love when we have such a lovely variety of colors and type of beads that still manage to work out together.

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

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