July 9, 2015

Blueberry Cove Beads: April and May Boxes

I realized I wrote this back in May, and still had not posted it. Me thinks my laziness chrysalis needs to crack off soon, leaving me an energetic butterfly.

I am listening to "The Bells" by Lowell, and it sounded like they said "where'd the heat go?" So, I thought I'd share it. Not that we need more heat... it was apparently 97 in Seattle over the 4th weekend!

On to the beads! I combined my April and May Blueberry Cove Beads box reviews, because I still haven't made anything with my April box. The theme was from an abstract painting, and while I did start several projects, I have only just completed a wrap bracelet using the Superduo beads.

April, Box 5: Abstract Colour [list of contents from site]

  • One string of 8mm round grey glass beads with black detail (approx 65 beads)
  • 10 blue grey teardrop glass beads, 13mm
  • 1 oval white shell pendant, 36mm
  • One strand of 4mm white round glass beads (approx 84 beads)
  • 5 copper tone butterfly charms, 21mm
  • 2 round disc white porcelain beads, 21mm
  • 6 porcelain glazed white/grey ‘pumpkin’ beads, 13mm
  • One string of natural gemstone 23mm oval beads, red line jasper (approx 16 beads)
  • One string of natural gemstone 8mm round beads, red wood lace stone (approx 50 beads)
  • 3 packs of approx 10g of Japanese seed beads – grey, frosted white and periwinkle blue
  • 1 pack (approx 5g) of Superduo beads
April Blueberry Cove Beads Box
I liked the theme of this box! It was curated around a color theme, and I quite liked the original abstract painting the inspiration came from. Superduo beads were something I was seeing a lot, but had not yet used, so it has been fun experimenting with them [though it looks like I forgot to photograph them]. Seed beads in a variety of colors are always something I can use more of. Especially since I would like to start making some bead embroidered necklaces! While I was unsure of the periwinkle seed beads at first, once I put them into a bracelet with other colors, I enjoyed the effect.

May, Box 6: The Crystal Cave [list of contents from site]
  • Aluminium Wire, 20 guage [10m]
  • Strand of Sky Blue Faceted Round Glass Beads, 40 [8mm]
  • Strand of Fluorite Gemstone Chip Beads
  • Round Electroplated Glass Crystal Beads. 4 [18mm]
  • Strand of Dark Purple Faceted Rondelle Crystal Beads, 100 [6mm]
  • Agate Slice Pendant, drilled 
  • Gray Druzy Crystal Pendant, drilled
  • Burgundy Bicone Crystals, 30 [4mm]
  • Beige Bicone Crystals, 30 [4mm]
  • Faceted Champagne Drop Crystal Pendant [28 mm]
  • Small Crystals, 2

The May box, as one Tweeter put it, made me "squeeee" with delight when I opened it! I love rocks, stones, and sparkles. Last time I was at my parents' home I cleaned out a small collection of rocks I had collected since childhood, and of course about a month ago I brought home a small pile from a beach. I can't help it!

Looking over the rest of the contents, I was really excited to experiment with the wire in this box! I see wire wrapped items all the time on Pinterest, and while I'm not really interested in doing the crazy intricate stuff, simple wire wrapping is fine. This guage of aluminum wire is a little too thin to do some of the ideas I'd tried, so I am not sure what to use it for now.

Overall, I loved this whole box, but I just wasn't wild about the chips because they're dull and scratched. I am guessing they're glass or plastic, but at any rate I've started a box of craft supplies for my nieces, and there are several strands of beads in there for them to create with!

My asymmetrical necklace made with the champagne tear drop stone, and wrapped with aluminum wire.
Blogging the depths of the abyss,

1 comment:

  1. Hi Andrea, I'm glad the crystal box made you 'squeeee' :o) I just wanted to let you know the chips in the box were all real stones. I'm not sure if you're referring to the strand or the two points when you said they were dull and scratched; the strand of chips are fluorite, a natural mineral, and the clear points are quartz crystal. Because they're both natural stones there can be quite a variation in appearance compared to manufactured beads, but that can be part of the character :o) I'm like you, I also love to collect stones from the beach!


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