BeadCrate December 2018 Subscription Box Review

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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 Sugar Plum! You can share your creation on their social media (Instagram or Facebook, don’t forget to tag them!) Included in the box were two cherry flavored chocolates. They didn’t last long (they are my favorites!)

The crate comes with a chart that tells you exactly what you’re getting. (Only one chocolate left. It was eaten right after this picture was taken.)

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

Toho 8/0 Light Lavender Transparent Gold Luster. Every month, we receive one or two types of seed beads. I like them to add some accent to a wire design on top of their usual use in beaded design. I was supposed to use them to make a Christmas ornament, but things didn’t go as planned!

12x7mm Lavender Garden Leaf Mix. These are perfect to add fringe to a beaded design. They have no sharp edges and they are very lightweight. The mix of colors is lovely.

14mm Transparent Bodacious Cushion Rounds. Even though I have a hard time finding a use for these cushion rounds, I really like how they have a satin feel to them. I sometimes used them to make a “moon” in a wire tree of life with seed beads. (You can see an example of this here.)

Alexandrite Table Cut Diamonds. This is a very interesting shape, and would make a nice base for a statement pendant! I like the color as it reminds me of frosted windows.

10x14mm Purple “Crazy” Agate Oval. I really really like both the color and the shape of this bead. I’ll probably make a stretch bracelet around these beads.

3mm Firepolished Saturated Metallic Almost Mauve. I like these beads as they are more cylinder shaped than round, and they are not overly shiny. They add a nice little touch of bling to a seed bead design, or make a lovely accent to a different design. I like that they are matte, and they have a Rose Gold feel while being purple.

4mm Firepolished Medium Amethyst Luster. Same as the previous beads, but slightly bigger. They look like little pieces of candy, going with them of Sugar Plum. The color is lovely.

8x3mm Crystal AB Dime Beads. I like the shape, I like the color, but I always have trouble using them in a design. Both sides look almost identical, but one is translucent so you can see the thread used.

5x6mm Crystal AB Cubes. Another interesting shape, they are rounded cubes so you don’t have sharp edges.

19x14mm Quest Antique Silver Angel Wings. I like when we get a cute little charm like this one. It’s a cute pair of wing, and you can use it as a charm on a bracelet or a cute little pendant on a simple necklace.

S-Lon Nylon Bead Cord Lavender. I really like Nylon cord to make a bracelet with contrasting waxed word, or for seed weaving (even though I’m not good at it). It’s the perfect color to go with the Toho beads we received this month.

9x6mm Milky Amethyst Tear Drops. I like to use tear drops beads for tassels, or for earrings.

3mm Tanzanite Rondelles. I’m so used to getting faceted rondelles that I don’t know what to do when they are not faceted! I love the rich color.

This month, I made a snowflake ornament using the snowflake wireframe we received in December 2017’s box. This was on the suggestion received on BeadCrate’s Instagram!

Here’s how it looks in the “wild” (I don’t have a Christmas Tree, only some random thing around my fireplace.)

I really liked that we received shades reminding us of Sugar Plums instead of the usual greens and reds we would get in December. I like that we still got some of the more traditional colors through the leaf mix, but it’s a fun complement and doesn’t take over the whole theme.

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

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