Darn Good Beads Of The Month Subscription Review – September 2018
Darn Good Beads of the Month is a monthly subscription for jewelry makers from Darn Good Yarn. (You don’t have to be able to knit or crochet for this subscription!) Every month you’ll receive materials to complete a quick beading project. You will need some basic tools of your own (pliers, crimping pliers, glue) but they provide all the findings, beads, and stringing materials!
This month’s box is being reviewed thanks to an MSA reader request!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Darn Good Beads of the Month
The Subscription Box: Darn Good Beads of the Month
The Cost: $10/month + shipping
The Products: Materials and instructions to complete one beading/jewelry making project.
Ships to: US ($4/continental US) and international ($13/Alaska, Hawaii, US territories, and other countries)
Darn Good Beads of the Month September 2018 Review
I’ve been receiving Darn Good Beads of the Month for just a few months. I know I will get a simple project with instructions that will be easy to complete in under an hour or two, but the projects have been pretty varied.
The package came with this paper, which contained instructions for this month’s project.
Coral Reef Bracelet
Here’s my work in progress. You get a length of leather (maybe imitation) cord, a clasp (I had two) and some larger round beads in several different colors. The examples in the booklet had the beads spaced out in various ways but there were *almost* enough to go all the way around my tiny wrist, so I kept them closer together. You could also make two bracelets with wider-spaced beads since there were two clasps and extra cord.
Here is my completed bracelet. There is just a small length of cord showing. There aren’t a ton of beads and the instructions envisioned some cord showing. Knots were suggested as a way to keep the beads in place and add length, and this cord did knot very well. I didn’t even feel the need for superglue as I sometimes do with this subscription. (And, don’t get the knots where you don’t want them because I discovered it is difficult to undo them…)
I am not sure what the beads are made of but they are very lightweight and I am going to assume they are some kind of acrylic or resin.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for Darn Good Beads of the Month because the materials were unbranded/not labeled. I do feel that the physical materials provided were of decent quality. These aren’t the most expensive beads I’ve ever received from this subscription but they were good for a lightweight, casual sort of bracelet, and I was definitely impressed with the cord as it held knots really, really well without glue. I finished this project in under 15 minutes. If you are thinking about getting into beading and don’t know where to begin, this is a good box to start with because you’ll learn about some materials and techniques and the instructions are generally easy to follow.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? In general, you’ll get your first box at sign-up and then move to the regular shipping schedule after that.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $14 (including shipping to the continental US) and you get all the materials to make one jewelry project.
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What did you think of the September 2018 Darn Good Beads of the Month? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?