Adornable Elements Beads of the Month Club Review – October 2018
Adornable Elements Beads of the Month Clubs are the original beading subscription boxes (they’ve been around since 2000). 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. The cost varies depending on the club selected and whether you choose the single or double club.
This is a review of the 11/0 Delicas of the Month Club, which is $24.95/month.
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About Adornable Elements Beads of the Month Club
The Subscription Box: Adornable Elements Beads of the Month Club
The Cost: $24.95/month. Save a bit more with the double clubs.
The Products: 5 grams each of 8 different colors of Miyuki Delica beads (Delicas are very regular cylindrical-shaped seed beads)
Note: 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.
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 Beads of the Month October 2018 “Ice Cream Social” Review
With this subscription, you receive a selection of Miyuki Delicas in coordinating colors each 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 “Ice Cream Social.” (For what it’s worth, I really think the colors fit the themes and go together nicely with these subscriptions.)
Rose Lined Opal AB Delicas – Listed Value $3
These are a fun bubblegum pink color. It’s hard to even tell they’re color-lined (if you’re not familiar with color-lined beads, you’ll see a more striking example below). I have a lot of pink in my stash in seed beads, shaped beads, other glass beads, and vintage glass beads, so these have a lot of opportunities to get used.
Opaque Light Salmon Ceylon Delicas – Listed Value $3.25
Ceylon colors are always kind of light like this. The beads below are Ceylon finish, too, so you can kind of compare and get an idea of what that means if it is new to you. (It’s one of those things I just know after 20+ years of beading but am not good at describing.) The colors in this shipment are a bit springlike for October but I guess if you want to do some really complicated beadweaving maybe you’ll be finished in six months?
Opaque Pale Yellow Ceylon Delicas – Listed Value $3.25
Here is the second set of Ceylon beads for the month. (You’ll receive a variety of colors and finishes in this subscription. You won’t always get two with the same finish.) These would be good in pastel floral elements. I am considering trying a peyote-with-a-twist pattern that would make good use of these.
Sparkle Salmon Lined Topaz Delicas – Listed Value $3
Here you can see color-lined beads a little more clearly; compare the ones that are on-end to the ones you can see on the side and you’ll notice the inside is a different color than the outside. Beads like this are good transitions between related colors if you are trying to do a gradient.
Pink Lined Crystal AB Delicas – Listed Value $3
Here is another color-lined bead where the difference is maybe less obvious than above because the pink is really light. (“Crystal” when used to refer to seed beads just means clear. I guess “clear” isn’t as elegant in the color names.) These look nice with the bubblegum pink ones from above.
Silver-Lined Duracoat Semi-Frosted Vinho Verde Delicas – Listed Value $4.25
Silver-lined beads often have a bit of extra sparkle although since these have more of a matte (“semi-frosted”) finish, it’s not as obvious here. It shows up more with standard transparent beads (and even more so with square hole beads, though Delicas don’t come with square holes). I’ve never seen “Vinho Verde” as a bead color before but this means “green wine” and is a reference to a specific type of Portuguese wine.
Silver-Lined Duracoat Semi-Frosted Papaya Delicas – Listed Value $4.25
This color really does remind me of the inside of a papaya. I didn’t use any of the oranges this time but I do like orange beads and have a lot of them (actually I’ve been buying a lot of orange lately because I find orange glass to be fun and you don’t honestly see it that often because it’s not as popular as some other colors for wearable items). “Duracoat” refers to a clear coating applied to beads that is (as you might have guessed) extra durable. This helps keep the finishes from rubbing off, which can happen with extra wear (especially in bracelets).
Galvanized Semi-Frosted Champagne Delicas – Listed Value $5
These are almost a matte gold. Galvanized beads actually have a metal plating and can be expensive (as you see here). You may want to use these in pieces that won’t rub against the skin much, like earrings, because these don’t have the Duracoat finish.
Here are some earrings I made using several bead colors from the box and some random beads and findings from my stash (the hooks are anodized niobium, which doesn’t come out quite the same color as the brass findings, but which is hypoallergenic).
Verdict: I calculated a value for the October 2018 11/0 Delicas of the Month Club of $29. This is just shy of the cost of the box plus shipping, which is usually the case for this subscription. 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.
I think my favorite thing about the colors this month is how well they can be made to work together to subtly shift from yellows to pinks in a strip, especially making use of the color-lined beads at transition points. This is a great club for building your stash of Delicas, especially if you like to either make a lot of small projects or if you like to make complicated patterns involving a ton of different colors.
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Yes, in my experience you’ll get your first shipment shortly after you sign up, and then this ships early in the month after that.
Value Breakdown: At $29.45 (including shipping) for this box, you are paying about $3.68 per item.
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What did you think of the October 2018 11/0 Delicas of the Month Club? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?