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I'll come to the point straight away - this product is a real disappointment.
We were given this by my parents when my daughter was born. It's a beautiful idea: preserve forever a footprint or handprint of your little darling. Unfortunately, this kit doesn't live up to the promise in terms of practicality or aesthetics.
It comes as a round, shiny metal tin, together with modelling clay and a plastic stand.
The problems start straight away when you open the tin. The clay comes as a small block that you have to flatten into the tin yourself. Somebody somewhere isn't very generous with the clay, so getting it to evenly cover the bottom of the tin takes a lot of time and hard work. When you're finally finished, you're left with lots of fingerprints in the surface.
Then the big moment arrives - time for the foot or handprint! The tin is quite large for babyprints, so you'll have space for a foot and a hand. But it's no easy business. The clay is quite hard, so you'll have trouble getting a decent print. And your little treasure looks so fragile, you won't want to be pressing down hard on her hands or feet.
Once you're done, you might want to add a name and date, if you're willing to risk making a mess trying to write in the clay.
As if things weren't bad enough already, unlike a good wine, this won't improve with age. The clay shrinks as it dries so it pulls away from the edge of the tin, and cracks appear. This obviously really spoils it as a souvenir.
We'ill keep it anyway, but it won't be out on display.
We were really disappointed and turned to plan B - a set of paints and some nice coloured card. This is a much better (and cheaper) way to make souvenirs of your little treasure. And you can make lots to send as cards to the grandparents!
When my mum had my little sister I brought her one of these Baby Art Magix Box kits, I actually brought 2 because the week after my mate had her little boy and I thought this would be perfect for both new mums.
The idea of it is that you press your babys hand or foot into the clay and let it set, giving you a memory of the smallness of your baby that is supposed to last forever. The kit looked BRILL on the box and my poor sister wasn't even 5 days old before I was getting her into weird positions so I could get a footprint off her!
It's a shame it's not as good in real life, for something that is supposed to be so special this is really disappointing and I would NEVER recommend anyone buy this as the main memory of your baby..... yeah, it's good as a little activity but it doesn't last very well over time so I'd deffo back this up with something else to remind you of your kids when they were babies.
The kit isn't as easy to use as it looks. For a start the clay is quite hard. I remember trying to get an imprint of my sisters foot and being scared I was going to hurt her because of how hard I was having to press. Because of that it means the imprint didn't come as deep as it shows on the photo Dooyoo have got up, my mate had exactly the same problem as well even though she left hers until her little boy was about 3 months old. It wasn't possible to press my sisters foot in hard enough to get a proper impression and even though you can tell it's a foot the toes aren't shown very good.
After you've made the impression there's a powdery talc that you have to sprinkle over the clay, I don't know if that helps it to set or what but it made the impressions look a bit messy because it shows up dead white against the clay.
You can use the space left in the clay to scrape out your baby's name and date of birth, the only problem is that there is nothing included in the box to do this so I ended up using a cocktail stick and that made my usually neat writing look scrappy and a bit of a mess.
I wasn't insulted when my mum decided not to display this because it actually looks mega tacky when it's done. It comes with a little plastic stand that was already broken when we opened the kit so we never used that and my mum ended up putting the clay foot impression in her box of memories that she keeps for all of us. I have just taken it out to have a look to refresh my memory for writing this review and now after 2 years it looks a proper mess.
The clay has cracked and one of the cracks is very deep and goes right the way through my sisters foot impression, no way would I want that on display and I think it's disgusting that this company are making such a shoddy thing and then selling it to commemorate such an important thing in your babys life.
Not recommended.... a waste of money and VERY disappointing.
Having 4 children/and a step son and now also a new baby on the way,i thought it would be nice to have a different keep sake off just how small my youngest daughter is,we have the normal photos and videos of the children and wanted some thing a little different,i spotted the baby art magix box online at argos for a really cheap price of £4.99 (normally £9.79) and thought at that price it would be worth ag,as it seemed so much cheaper than the plaster versions.
The baby art magix box comes in a round tin which contains brown clay,the tin its self is quite sweet with a little babys hand print on the front.the clay its self is safe to babys and does not harm the skin.
I found the baby art magix box quite hard to use and found that with the 1st attempt it was really hard to get my daughters foot print into the clay,and i didnt want to push to hard,i found that i had to kneed the clay a little and kinda warm it up a bit in my hands to then be able to get a good imprint of her foot,it came out a lot better on the second attempt and i also noted that it was not at all messy.
I was quite pleased with the outcome and for the price it does make a nice little keep sake and is alot less messy than plaster!!would be a great baby shower gift.
I have always made sure that I have got memories of my childrens baby years and this art box was one thing that I bought for my son when he was born ready to put into his baby box.
This cost me £7.99 from argos and in the book it showed a picture of a curcular tray with clay in it which had an imprint of a foot in it. I thought this would be a good keepsafe of my childs size when he was born because they grow so fast.
When I got this home I took it out of the box to see how I was meant to do it. I was expecting the clay to be in the tray ready for me to do the imprint but instead it was in a plastic pack that you had to mould yourself, you do this by kneeding it in your hands for a while then smoothing it down in the tray. I found this quiet difficult, it does't have alot of streach in it and when I was trying to smooth it in the tray it didn't smooth over very well, I ended up using a small ruler to flattern the top of the clay so that the imprint would look better.
I took my sons hand and tried to press it into the mould, I was expecting this to be quiet easy but alot of pressure had to be placed on his hand to make the imprint, which means that the imprint was not as deep as what the picture on the box was because I would have broken his hand if I had pressed too hard.
It came with a powder that you are to rub into the imprint that you have done in the clay to make it stand out more this would have been good if you had a brush applicator to do this with, I used my finger to do this and found this made it look a bit messy due to the imprint being so small.
I was also dissapointed that this did not come with letter and number imprints or a stick to be able to write the date of birth of your child and their name into the clay.
It came with a stand which was made of cheap plastic for it to stand up in so it can go on show, but the stand doesn't hold it very well and easly drops off with the slightest knock. Although I would not have this on show anyway, when I look back at it now the clay has cracked when it has dried and looks more of a mess now than when I first did it, hense I have not invested in one of these for either of my daughters.
I found this was a waste of money and a dissapointing memory of my childs early years I had a better first memory with a paint foot and hand print that he did at nursery. I would advise not to invest in this contraption it is really not worth it, try the cheaper version get a nice piece of paper and some paint (non toxic) and do your own print and frame it.
Like most new parents, when our son was born, my husband and I wanted to document the start of his little life in as many ways as possible. We have about 1000 photographs of him in exactly the same position, videos of him burping and sneezing, and our Facebook statuses continue to bore all our friends with up-to-the-minute updates of his progress. So when we saw these for sale, we thought it would be a lovely way of remembering how tiny he was when first born, and more ammunition for speeches on his wedding day. These types of commemorative items are becoming more and more popular amongst new parents.
(We actually bought three tins, from Babies R Us in store, though strangely I cannot find them on the website so it may just be an instore item. We paid £9-£10 for each, and bought one for us, one for my Mum and one for a friend who has just had a baby).
The Magic Box is a 16cm diameter tin which you fill with clay. Into the clay you put an imprint of your baby's feet or hands, or you could do one of each I guess. There is also enough room to write a couple of words or a date.
I found the instructions easy to follow, although I have read reports of people finding them difficult, perhaps they have been updated. You unwrap the very sticky clay and knead it for 30 seconds. At first this is messy, but by the time you are finished, the clay is nice and smooth, and not sticky any more. You then press the clay into the tin and make the imprint of your baby's feet or hands, and write any words. You have to leave the tin open for 5 days in order for it to dry. After that, it can be displayed using the stand provided in the kit.
Sounds simple ... but I had a few issues with the item. The picture on the front of the box shows a well defined set of footprints, however I had 10 attempts at getting the picture right and none of them came out very well. The results were shallow, and parts of the foot were not defined at all. It was nothing like the picture on the box.
The problem seemed to be that the clay was too 'springy' and too thick. Every time I tried to make an imprint, the result was disappointing - parts of the feet hardly made an impression at all, toes appeared to be missing. I had to press fairly hard on my sons feet, and was worried about hurting them. I attempted to stand my son up, but being only 3 months old and 11.5lb this was not very productive and produced a worse picture than before. I gave up and kept the 10th and last attempt as the final picture, but even then I had to use my fingers to make the picture look better. This only helped a little.
After each attempt, I had to smooth the clay down in order to try again, however this only made the clay drier and harder to use. It also left fingerprints and lumps in the background which made the imprints even less easy to see.
The kit is recommended for children from 0-3 years, and I would imagine that they either used a heavy toddler with tiny feet for the picture on the box, or they did as I did and doctored the result after making the initial imprint. I can't imagine any young baby, regardless of weight, being able to make an impression, since they do not have the foot control required to make a good print.
I was particularly disappointed as one tin was a birthday present for my Mum, and doting Granny to my son. Now, my Mum's opinion is that the picture is OK and she loves it, but quite frankly, I could frame one of his nappys and I wouldn't be surprised if she loved it, so I think she may be biased. Maybe I'm being too critical. My husband tended to agree with me that the picture was not clear.
I would not recommend this product, and instead would rather go to one of the many craft shops around where you can pay a little more to get it done professionally. If you do get one though, or have one given to you as a present, my advice would be to try and work quickly in order to stop the clay drying out, and to use a ruler or something similar to create a really flat background. This will hopefully make the imprints more defined.
Or if all else fails, get your baby to carry a couple of bags of heavy shopping and convince them to learn to stand up steadily from birth. Easy - why didn't I think of that?!
An ideal gift or keepsake for babys first imprints. Presented in a beautiful box for an enduring print to cherish forever. The Magic Box creates a gentle imprint of your babys handfoot. 100 safe for babys skin. Includes 1 bag of Baby Art Impression Material.