BeadCrate Subscription Box Review – August 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 Tropical Sunset! You can share your creation on their social media (Instagram or Facebook, don’t forget to tag them!)

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.

10x8mm Jet Antique Style Faceted Ovals. Cute little ovals that remind me of little lanterns. I would use them as dangles as I prefer how they look on their long side.

10mm Crystal Crackle Beads. I like crackel beads, they look like crystal balls, or snow globes. They look amazing paired with metal bead caps.

10 mm Clear angel Wings. At first, I thought they were little bananas, then half moons, but angel wings makes sense! They’ll be perfect in the incoming months to make angel earrings for Christmas!

12mm Two-Hole Alabaster White Sunflowers – Jet inlay. These would be perfect for a bracelet or a pair of earrings with some more black and whites and maybe some reds for a Night Circus inspired piece (I know it’s not the theme for this month, but they really remind me of the cover of that book!)

6x4mm Crystal Rice Beads. A cute bead that was part of my inspiration for this month’s design.

9mm Crystal Flat Squares. In the whole box, this is the bead that is the more difficult to find something to do with. I’m sure I could do a very cute pair of earrings with a cluster of smaller beads sitting on top of a square.

8mm Matte Crystal Firepolished rounds. I love love love how they are the perfect mix of matte, translucence, and sparks of these beads. I really needed to do something with them. They are usually great with bead caps, and they also can shine by themselves.

7mm Matte Jet Cabochons. This little cutie has two holes on both sides, so they can work amazingly in threaded design.

6mm Jet Rondelles. I love rondelles, they are perfect to slide between to big beads to add some oomph!

6x8mm Jet Nuggets. They are triangular shaped nuggets, thicker on one side and they look like hematite nuggets. I need to think up a design, but I’m tempted by a chocker or a chunky bracelet with them.

11/0 Toho Jet Seed Beads. Every month, we received some kind of seed beads for all the small beads lovers among us! I must admit I’m slowly warming up to seed beads and even though I’m still clumsy with them, they force me to challenge myself. My inspiration for this month’s design is coming from these.

3mm Crystal rounds. It seems like these are also a staple in this box, and I’m totally fine with it! They are amazing to lighten a metal design and they are great too with thread as they don’t have sharp edges.

4mm Crystal Firepolished Rounds. Another favorite of mine, I like small fire-polished beads to make bracelets or to add sparks to a matte design without going overboard. I really like them for earrings.

This month, I wanted to go with the simplicity of the box and not go too crazy, so I made a fun little tassel enhanced with the 8mm Matte Crystal.

I’m looking forward to Sweater Season to wear this on top as I made it with a long chain.

I really enjoyed this month’s BeadCrate. I like the simplicity of the beads, and I’m a huge fan of black and white designs, so this box was a fun one to work with. I really like BeadCrate box as the beads are quite different than what I’m used to, and it helps to push me in a different creative direction and try something new.

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

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