Adornable Elements Beads of the Month Club Review – August 2017
Adornable Elements Beads of the Month Clubs are the original beading subscription boxes (they’ve been around since 2000).
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This is a review of the Single 2-Hole Beads of the Month, $22.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Adornable Elements Beads of the Month Club
The Cost: Varies depending on the club selected and whether you choose the single or double club; this is a review of the Single 2-Hole Beads of the Month, which is $22.95/month for 8 different types of color-coordinated 2-hole Japanese and/or Czech shaped beads; save a bit more with the double clubs
The Products: 8 packages of color-coordinated beads; choose from “Hot and Trendy” beads, “2-Hole Beads,” “Superduos,” “11/0 Delicas,” “11/0 Seed Beads,” “Swarovski crystals,” or a rotating club where you get a different selection each month
Good to know: I actually subscribe to several of these clubs and they all come in the same package. I’m going to do a rotation with these reviews so you’ll see something a little different each month.
Ships to: US, cost varies depending on the number of clubs subscribed to (shipping is $4.50 for one club; refer to their FAQ for shipping costs for additional clubs)
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The package came with a list of the beads included as well as retail values. Note: I am using the retail values from this list. They seem reasonable to me, plus it is pretty much impossible to find each color from the same online shop, let alone the same exact package size, so things like quantity discounts are not going to apply here. This month’s theme is “Wicked.” (For what it’s worth, I really think the colors fit the themes and go together nicely with these subscriptions.)
Metallic Suede Dark Forest Crescent Beads (6.25 g) – Listed Value $2.75
These looked basically like a matte black up close. I used a bunch of them in a bracelet (look at the dark colored diagonals in the photos below). I have used more crescents in purchased patterns than about any other type so I am always glad to receive more – they will get used!
Jet Half Moon (48 count) – Listed Value $3.75
I actually already had some of these exact beads in my stash but that’s OK – now I have more, and that expands the possibilities of what I can make without making additional purchases. Basic black beads are always easy to use, too.
Matte Metallic Green Iris Half Tila (6.25 g) – Listed Value $4.75
These will go well with some of my other half tilas. I have been meaning to make one of these bracelets so I am happy to see these beads.
Opaque Light Green Luster Kheops Par Puca (7.5 g) – Listed Value $4.25
I used a handful of these in my bracelet this month, as well. When I was putting them in storage containers later, I found that I had a lot of beads in coordinating colors, which surprised me, but it means I will have an easier time using these up.
Duets Black/White Green Luster Rullas (7.5 g) – Value $3
I think these may be some of my first rulla duets (I have some Superduo duets). Rullas are cylinder shaped beads with two parallel holes across the short axis. I used a few of these in my bracelet this month.
Black Tila (6.25 g) – Listed Value $3.75
Tilas are Japanese 2-hole squares. Black is a good color to have on hand and I don’t think I already owned it. I have been having fun using these types of beads on looms lately.
Opaque Yellow/Jet Tiles (24 count) – Listed Value $3.25
Tiles are the Czech version of tilas, only they are a little larger and have more rounded sides. This is an unusual color combination but I have some other tile beads in my collection that I think will look nice with these.
Chalk Light Green Luster Tipps (15 count) – Listed Value $3.25
These are hexagonal pyramids with 2-holes. They are good for using in the centers of patterns where 2-hole cabochons, candy beads, DiscDuos, hexagons, and such are used. I may try to find a pattern with these and the Kheops par Puca beads as the colors are so close together.
Here is a bracelet I made using the rullas, Kheops par Pucas, and crescent beads. This is from a pattern I got on Etsy by Amanda Nel called Variete Bracelets. It turned out really well and it was easy to follow. It was a little expensive for a pattern but I’d definitely consider another one from the same shop because of the quality. Also, I got to use some of the montees I recently bought (the stones in the centers of the motifs here), which was fun.
Verdict: I calculated a value for the August 2017 2-Hole Beads of the Month Club of $28.50. This is a above the cost of the subscription, although when you factor in shipping, it comes out a little short. The way to make up the difference here is to buy more beads! I save on shipping because I get three clubs (I just review one per month) and you can also save a little more by going for the double clubs.
More importantly, I really, really love 2-hole beads, and they can be expensive. There are so many great patterns coming out with these beads lately (one day I’ll be making my own, I’m sure) and it’s great to have enough to just work up a bracelet or some earrings in a day or two. The color coordination means all I usually need to add are some seed beads and I’m good to go with lots of different patterns.
What did you think of the August 2017 2-Hole Beads of the Month Club? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?