Adornable Elements Beads of the Month Club Review – January 2018
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 11/0 Seed Beads of the Month, which is $17.95/month for 12.5 grams of each of 8 different size 11/0 Miyuki seed beads.
About Adornable Elements Beads of the Month Club
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 11/0 Seed Beads of the Month, which is $17.95/month for 12.5 grams of each of 8 different size 11/0 Miyuki seed 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 (that’s why the box is so big). I’m going to do a rotation with these reviews so you’ll see something a little different each month. Also, please note that you can cancel or add clubs by calling, emailing, or using the contact form on their website.
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)
Adornable Elements Single 11/0 Seed Beads of the Month Review
This subscription is one of those where you know what you’ll be getting; only the colors are a surprise. Let’s see what colors arrived this month:
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 “Winter Berries.” (For what it’s worth, I really think the colors fit the themes and go together nicely with these subscriptions.)
During your first month, and every three months afterwards, you’ll receive a plastic storage case. You can store a couple of months’ worth of sample containers in these (although I transfer my beads to Elizabeth Ward Bead Storage Solutions trays and use the plastic cases to store other things).
11/0 Seed Beads in Metallic Brown Iris – Listed Value $2
These are a good neutral in a color I don’t have much of in my stash, and I think they’d look especially nice paired with some gold or brass accents.
11/0 Seed Beads in Semi-Frosted Transparent Dark Topaz – Listed Value $1.75
You’ll get a lot of different finishes with this subscription but this frosted transparent look will go great with some of my other beads from past shipments of this subscription. It’s nice for pieces that are pretty but not too showy.
11/0 Seed Beads in Dyed Opaque Latte – Listed Value $2
I definitely don’t have anything like this in my stash already. I do have some creams and browns that will look nice with it. I also think it could work in a beach-themed creation; the color reminds me a lot of sand.
11/0 Seed Beads in Galvanized Wine – Listed Value $3
I used some of these in a project this month; you can see them below in the close-up photo. This color appeals to me a lot and will match a few things in my wardrobe, too!
11/0 Seed Beads in Mauve-Lined Light Topaz Luster – Listed Value $2.25
I think the luster finish and the mauve lining work really well together here. I’ll probably end up using these in a spiral pattern as a transition between two other colors; I think they would work really well like that.
11/0 Seed Beads in Duracoat Galvanized Matte Dark Berry – Listed Value $4.75
There’s usually at least one item in this subscription that is more of a premium or expensive finish. This month it is these Duracoat Galvanized beads. (You’ll receive beads with this type of finish regularly with this subscription.) There are a lot of design possibilities with these and I haven’t decided what to do with them just yet.
11/0 Seed Beads in Dyed Rose Bronze Silver-Lined Alabaster – Listed Value $2.25
This was the other color I used in my project this month, which you can see in the close-up. I had some gold beads in my pattern, and some raspberry/wine-colored beads, so I wanted something that would contrast but not stick out, if that makes sense. This color was great for that.
11/0 Seed Beads in Matte Silver-Lined Teal – Listed Value $2.25
If you were looking for some greenery to go with the wood and berry colors this month, look no further. This color really calls to mind the types of green colors you see with evergreen trees in the winter. It also matches a lot in my stash, so that’s good, too!
I had been wanting to try a Cellini spiral bracelet and I had a pattern that called for two different colors of 11/0 seed beads, some Delicas, and some size 8/0 seed beads, so I decided this would be a good month.
Well. I always forget this, but seed bead projects take forever. Also, when something is a bit stiff and has a wider cross-sectional area, you need a longer length of beading to actually make a bracelet from it. Oops. So I am not finished; this is going to need a bit more work before I can add a clasp.
Anyway, here is my work in progress. I will add a gold-toned clasp when I get this long enough to go around my wrist. I think it is turning out nicely, though.
Verdict: I calculated a value for the January 2018 11/0 Seed Beads of the Month Club of $20.25. That is a little bit under the cost of the subscription plus shipping. (It’s a savings of $2.30 over the listed retail price of the beads, but shipping is $4.50 for one club.) You can get a better deal by subscribing to multiple clubs (there’s a shipping discount) and/or the double clubs since a double club counts the same as a single when it comes to shipping. (Plus, who doesn’t want MORE beads?) I had to use the values from the information card to get to this number because these particular items in these particular quantities are hard to find from online retailers in the package sizes received.
Once again, the colors went well together. This is one of the best bead subscriptions if you are into color themes (I think so, anyway). I like getting a variety of finishes and coatings, as there is usually at least one that is new or different even for me, and it gets me to consider color and finish possibilities that I might not have chosen on my own. You pretty much always know what to expect with this subscription, but as I’ve said many times before, I like seed beads a lot, so I am always happy to get my box and see what is in there.
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? You would most likely get February’s box as your first month. Adornable Elements ships your first box when you sign up, but it is getting pretty late in the month at this point. Regular monthly shipments occur in the first week or so of the month.
Value Breakdown: At $22.45 for this box (including shipping), you are paying about $2.81 per item.
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What did you think of the January 2018 11/0 Seed Beads of the Month club? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?