Beados Gems Designer Studio from Character toys is a great way to turn your Beados designs into something useful. Young girls love jewellery and 7yr old Miss M is no exception. Having used other Beados sets before, she was keen to try this and make something she could wear.
The set does require minor assembly when it comes out of the box but does create a work station that stores all of the beads in separate sections at the top, and a tube which dispense the beads onto your template. Included are packs of coloured beads, a water spray bottle, 2 templates to hold the beads, picture templates and accessories to turn the designs into jewellery.
Miss M was very impressed with this and excited to fill it up with beads. To dispense the beads into the tube you can turn the circular part until the colour bead you require is at the front then press the button on top and it lets a bead come down the tube. Keep pressing until you have the required number of beads.
Once you have finished your design, you need to lightly spray it with water, which magically adheres the beads together, then leave alone until completely dry.
When dry you can carefully slide the designs from the bead template and they are then free to do as you please. On the ones we wanted to use for jewellery we had some backing pieces to stick on using a squirt of water. The bracelet flowers also required careful assembly and can get a bit sticky if you over water, something I had to keep reminding Miss M who loved to squirt the water sprayer! Once everything is dry you can pop the pieces into the ring and pendant holders and wear your jewellery. What is a nice idea is that you can easily swap the designs in the ring and pendant by simply popping them out and putting a different one in.
Here are our finished jewels:
This is a great craft set for a young girl, with which they will have lots of fun and enjoy creating. I think this would make a lovely present at either birthday or Christmas time.
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the products in order to write the review.
CRA-Z-ART Crystal Craze Gem Bracelets is a jewellery making craft kit from Character toys. Aimed at ages 6+, it was perfect for 7yr old Miss M to have a go at.
The kit consists of materials to make 15 gem bracelets each using a strip of sticky gems, a piece of coloured cord, a button, some glue and metallic thread. Miss M was eager to open the box and get started and even asked to do the vlog for me – see at bottom of post.
Each CRA-Z-ART Crystal Craze Gem Bracelet is made by attaching a button to a piece of cord then taping the cord to the table you are working from to keep it flat. Then place a row of sticky gems along the cord before winding the metallic thread around the bracelet, placing the strand between each gem as you go. Finally to finish of tie a knot allowing enough room for a button hole to fasten.
Miss M did require some assistance in finishing off the bracelets in order to get get the correctly sized button hole at the end. We didn’t realise that you need to cut the gem strip a little shorter in order to do this otherwise you run out of cord. Once we worked out how to do the first one, the following ones were easy.
The finished bracelets are shiny and colourful and fit Miss M perfectly. She was able to put them on and off herself easily so she was very happy and enjoyed making them too.
Here is a video showing you a bit more about CRA-Z-ART Crystal Craze Gem Bracelets:
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write the review.