About a week ago, I received my second box from Beadcrate, which I received as a gift from my awesome best friend. I had high hopes from the first box I received and it definitely didn’t let me down!
The theme of this month’s box is “The Grass is Greener” and they carried the theme out beautifully. Most of the beads were green, but they had such varying shades, shapes, and sizes, that it never seemed redundant. I haven’t had a chance to create with this box yet since I had a busy couple of weeks, but I love green and I intend to mix it with some of the purple and blues of the previous box since purple and green are a match made in heaven.
I love how they give you some really cute spacer beads and also a few main center pieces. I think one of my favorite parts of this box are the little glass animal beads in the shape of turtles, ladybugs, and frogs. Fun side note: I am deathly afraid of frogs so those will be definitely be going on jewelry I’m selling!
The only real drawback that I think I mentioned last time is that many of the beads won’t fit on my 1mm waxed cotton cord. I ordered .5mm cord between boxes hoping it would work, but it’s still a little too thick for a lot of the beads to go on. These beads will work marvelously with all sorts of wire and many types stretch cord though.
Beadcrate tries to include a tube of seed beads in every box, and while I can understand why they do this, I wish maybe they included another option for people who work with bigger beads. Maybe if enough people mention it, they will include options for different types of jewelry makers. I wish I had the patience for seed beads, but I definitely don’t, even though I find seed bead work massively impressive.
As you can see, the variety is incredible while staying with a cohesive theme. So many of the beads can easily go together or you can mix them with what you already have. I found myself doing a little bit of both with last month’s selection. Plus, they sometimes include a bonus and the bonus this time was beading needles. I had to rip this pack open before I could photograph it to clean out the inside of a bead, but I haven’t used them for what they’re supposed to be used for yet. I haven’t ever beaded with a beading needle but if I’m going to be using seed beads, this may be a good time to start! I think it’s time to watch a YouTube tutorial……..
I still have one more Beadcrate box to review before I make my final decision on whether to continue with the subscription or not. The beads really are beautiful and I have my fingers crossed that they will have more options soon!