BeadCrate January 2019 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 Clair de Lune (Moonlight). 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.

Toho 11/0 Transparent cobalt. 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 almost used them in this month’s design, but the blue was just a tiny to blue to nicely mix with the other beads.

3mm AB Matte Montana Blue Druks. I really like the satiny look on these beads. They are perfect to add some color to a design, without it becoming too bright and shiny. It’s really soft looking.

2mm Firepolished Navy blue. An other lovely faceted seed bead in a deep shade of blue. They work great to add a bit of texture and shine among the other smooth beads in this box.

10mm PolyChrome Denim Blue Antique cut. These are usually the kind of beads I don’t really care for as they show raised lines where the faces should be flat, but the color is quite nice. The hole is big enough to be used with cords.

17x8mm Milky Pink Moondust Flattened Oval. They are almost purple and they look amazing with all the blues in this box.

12mm Blue Goldstone Coins. Probably my favorite bead this month, they are shimmering, like the night sky. I’m pretty sure the whole box was put together around them! I actually used one of them in this month’s design, and I’m thinking of making a second pendant with the other one to have a matching pair of earrings.

8x5mm Cobalt Silver Splash GemDuo. Like the blue goldstone, I really like the motif. These beads are diamond shape and double holed, both going through the thinner part of the diamond. I had seen them before, but never attempted anything with them, so this month was a challenge!

14x4mm Cobalt AB Long tubes. These are great for long necklace, at the end of a lariat, or to make a big and long pendant.

7x5mm Light Sapphire Gemstone Donut. These are just a bit thicker than rondelles, and I use them like I would with rondelles. They are nice with bead caps.

6x6mm Montana Blue Bicones. Among all the blues, these are almost grey looking, like a rainy sky. They are shaped like bicones, but all their angles are soften.

22x26mm Quest Antique Silver Moon Charm. You can’t talk about a Moonlight themed box without having a moon! This lovely charm makes a fun little pendant on it’s own.

6mm Firepolished AB crystal. We always get some firepolished beads as they are quite versatile. They are not too shiny, so they bring some bling to the party without stealing the show, and their faces aren’t sharp so they work well with thread, thin cord and wire.

Celestial Mix. In this mix, we received 3 and 4mm firepolished beads, as well as some moon faced one and an AB star. I’m quite sure that this mix will vary from one subscriber to the other one, but the basics will stay the same.

This month, I made a stretch bracelet and I played around with the coin beads and the lovely gemduo to make either a pendant or one of two earrings. I’m still not sure what I want to do with it, but I really like it!

I love blue, it’s probably my favorite color, so I was quite happy with this selection. I loved the blue goldstone coins and the GemDuo were the unexpected winners this month. Once again, I love how you can feel the them through the box and how each bead works well with the other ones.

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

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