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Flair Dora the Explorer Classic Shaker Maker

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Brand: Flair / Type: Model making and painting kit

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      08.02.2011 19:30
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      Now i will state before I wrote the review it will be pretty similar to the one already posted of the star wars shaker maker, but as I stated in that review i did buy 2 of these on offer from Argos, and they cost just £15 for them both. So on we go with the review loll.

      Contents of the box
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      Shaker maker base
      Mould halves
      Clear cup lid
      Plaster of Paris moulding powder
      Paint stand
      Paints
      Paintbrush
      Instruction manual

      The instruction manual was exactly the same as the star wars one, and still hard to understand. The shaker makers are exactly the same to do but just different characters.

      How to make the shaker maker
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      1) Fill the clear cup lid to the fill line; with warm to the touch tap water, it does say you must not use hot water.

      2) Open the plaster of Paris bag and empty the contents into the warm water, and allow the powder to settle to the bottom.

      3) Place matching moulding halves firmly together, ensuring there are no gaps.

      4) Place the joined mould halves inside the rim of the clear cup lid.

      5) Place shaker maker cup base over the joined mould halves in the cup and press down firmly until it snaps into place. Twist the base until it locks into position.

      6) Swirl it gently for 15 seconds then wait 1 minute.

      7) Shake the unit up and down vigorously with the cup shaker cup down, do this approximately 50 times, this should take around 50 seconds.

      8) Place the clear shaker maker cup in the up position, and twist it off to off to remove it from the base.

      9) Gently tap or shake the filled mould for around 50 seconds to eliminate air bubbles.

      10) Leave the shaker maker for 90 minutes to set.

      11) Carefully pull apart the 2 mould halves, avoid doing it fast as this can cause it to break away. Remove any access material from the figurine and place on the drying stand supplied.

      12) Once totally dry your figurine is ready to paint.


      My thoughts in making the shaker maker
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      The product does state that this is for children 5 years and over and must be done under adult supervision. But as stated in my other review, I would recommend that an adult should do the shaker maker, for one I think it's a little bit too hard for a young child to understand how to do, and also even though I did the shaker maker part myself, I made a right mess, the plaster mould literally went every where. god help my kitchen if my daughter had done it herself loll.

      The instructions are hard to read and the diagrams that come with it are pretty useless, as they do not show anything really on what to do. This made it hard for me, so I can not imagine lettings children trying to do it, no matter how old they were.

      Health warnings
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      1) In case of eye contact. Wash out eyes with plenty of water holding the eye open, and then seek medical advice.

      2) If swallowed, wash out mouth, drink some fresh water, do not make yourself vomit, seek medical advice.

      Safety rules
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      1) Do not place the materials in your mouth.
      2) Do not inhale dust or powder.
      3) Do not apply to the body.
      4) Wash hands after use of the product.
      5) Clean all equipment after use.
      6) Do not eat drink or smoke in the activity area.

      The product does state that the powder is non-toxic.

      My overall opinion
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      The shaker maker does have its faults, its very messy to make, takes quite a while to set up and do it all, and the instructions are pretty hard to understand. But it does also have its good points too.

      The shaker maker does come with 2 different pictures of dora, although they are both her unlike in the star wars one you had 2 different characters. There is still double the mess but just the one character to do. Even so my daughter still loved doing this and was pretty pleased with the end result, although I am not sure myself with the state of the painting of it but she did try bless her loll.

      Even though my kitchen was in a right mess, i would still recommend buying these and giving them a 5 star rating, my kids loved doing both sets of them, and the moulds do come out really well, and the characters are easy to see.

      The figurines are great to keep as an ornament, and I think it's the most treasured ornaments I have, as my kids made them for me. I think it made them feel special too, the fact that i have their figurines on display, and also that they have made something for me, they love making me pictures, I have a draw full of them, so they really loved doing me this.

      The equipment is easy to clean afterwards too, if washed straight away, and also it came off my units really well with a damp cloth, so even though it is messy its easy to clean up.

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