Product Type: Baby Art Art / Craft
Newest Review: ... 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 flatt... more
Not so magic art, baby
Baby Art Magix Box
Member Name: Daffyboy
Baby Art Magix Box
Advantages: a beautiful idea
Disadvantages: clay too hard for imprints, then cracks
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!
Summary: a big disappointment
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