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Darn Good Beads Review + Coupon – Golden Drop Earrings Kit

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!

In addition to their Bead of the Month Club, Darn Good Yarn also offers a Yarn of the Month Club, Fabric of the Month Club, and Sock of the Month Club.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (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: $20/month plus shipping

COUPON: Save 15% off your first order when you sign up for the newsletter. No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Materials and instructions to complete one beading/jewelry making project.

Ships to: The continental US for $4; Hawaii, Alaska, US territories, and international for $13

Darn Good Beads of the Month Golden Drop Earrings Kit Review

I’ve been receiving Darn Good Beads of the Month for quite awhile now. I expect to 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.

Note: This is supposed to be the June package, for what it’s worth. It was received in August. Due to COVID-19 shipping restrictions from India, Darn Good Beads was having trouble getting materials in. They are working pretty hard to get back on track with shipments; I received the July box the very next day (review coming soon). They were transparent about the issues.

Golden Drop Earrings Kit

 

You always get a full color information booklet that includes a key for the month’s beads and detailed instructions. I think I would’ve preferred less text and more pictures or diagrams or even white space this month as I messed something up because of wall-o-6-point-font. Although I know a lot of the projects in this subscription would appeal to teens who probably have better eyes (and no developing presbyopia like I have…), I had to keep taking my glasses off and holding the instructions up to my face. Moving on:

 

I am not good with wire. I want to get better with it, so I did welcome the practice here. But the first bit of wire, that you form into a “teardrop shape” according to the instructions, was really thick and difficult to manipulate. My teardrop shape was more of an ellipse with pointed ends. Which turned out to be a problem because of the numbers of beads suggested for each row — how many beads you need to fill in depends on the space between the sides at the point where you’re working, but if you don’t have the exact teardrop shape used for making the model, you run into problems. And there weren’t enough extras of the larger beads to fill in the gaps (actually, there weren’t any extra large beads). (Also I know there were supposed to be two rows of light green seed beads near the top; this is one of the mistakes I made because the instructions were in such small print.) One thing I would’ve liked to have seen instead is a pre-made drop finding, like this, so you don’t have to manipulate heavy wire. Also so you could work with it in the open configuration and have an easy time winding the thinner gauge wire with the beads so as not to create kinks and bends, which could lead to the wire breaking.

Anyway, I did my best, but I still need a lot of practice with wire, clearly:

Verdict: I did not calculate a value for Darn Good Beads of the Month because the materials were unbranded/not labeled. I like the idea of this project very much, and would’ve liked the end result more if I was better with wire, but I just find wire quite difficult to work with in general and I don’t get much practice with it because my wire collection is stashed away somewhere right now. I was immediately reminded of this image, comparing the picture on the box to my end result. Anyway, now I am determined to make something like this but do a better job, so watch future bead box reviews.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you’ll most likely receive the August box. More from Darn Good Beads:

If you place your order by the 1st, then your box will ship on the 20th (or the next business day during weekends). If you place your order after the 1st, then your box will ship the next month.

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Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

Posted in Cheap Subscription Boxes, Craft Subscription Boxes, Darn Good Beads Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: darn good beads | 7 comments

Comments (7)

  1. I think yours look awesome, Ragan … until I read your caption I didn’t realize that WASN’T a pre-formed hoop! I agree with the other commenters that yours looks more natural and artistic than the ones pictured in the guide.

    • Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

      My personal aesthetic preference is for a more polished and less organic/rustic look but that is just me.

      I do fully intend to improve my wire skills but am waiting until I have a chance to build a home workroom, I have the funds saved up, almost $10000 so I can go nuts with equipment, but right now this room is occupied by my 21-year-old cockatiel (? age, she is a rescue, have had her since early 2000s when I lived in MO and was told she was 4 when I got her; her companion passed away about a year ago) and so will be waiting until she reaches the end of her natural life span (with appropriate vet visits as needed) as I intend to make lots of dust and fumes which of course are not good for birds.

  2. I love how yours turned out! Actually, I like it better than the picture. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I think they are beautiful!!

  3. Yours came out great. Working with heavy wire is a deal breaker for me with RA. I agree, including a pre formed base would have opened up this box significantly. They’re beautiful, Ragan.

  4. I actually liked the way yours turned out way better then the picture on the booklet… they have way more of a natural, flowing, abstract vibe.

    • I’m going to agree! I think they are very organic.

    • I feel the same way! I love the way Ragan’s look.

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