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One of our more recent art/craft activities, and one which little Miss really enjoyed because she not only had a craft activity but ultimately something to wear.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The activity comes in a box (naturally) and once we get inside the box, the beads are sectioned into several seperate sections within the plastic container. The magnetic beads which are about 3 cm cylinders with a whole in the middle, are kept in the centre of the plastic packaging, and are sellotaped together. The other beads are separated by type and arranged around the magnetic beads. All of the beads in our pack are silver although the magna beads are available in other colours, such as: amethyst; pink; sapphire; ruby. Although the beads are all silver in colour, they are different shapes and sizes- there are flowers, cylinders and other shaped beads as well as a couple of charms. All of the beads have a hole in the middle obviously to thread the cotton through, although some of the holes are bigger than others making some of the beads easier to thread than others.
There is a length od nylon type cotton inside the box, obvioulsy for making the jewellery. This cotton is neatly tied up and easily unwound, so there is no need to untangle it before we even begin our makes.
Although some basic information is written on the back of the box, the main instructions are on a single piece of paper inside the box. These are very sinply written and in 6 stages tell us how to make the jewellery with a couple of simple pictures.
HOW TO MAKE THE JEWELLERY...
Very simply, a length of the cotton should be cut; 30 cm is suggested but really it depends on what you want to make. Tie a knot in the end so that the beads don't fall off the end once they are threaded. The first bead which should be threaded onto the cotton is one of the magnetic beads (the ones sellotaped together in the pack). After this, the instructions suggest that between 6 and 10 of the other beads should be threaded before the next magnetic bead is threaded onto the cotton. The same pattern should be repeated before the next magnetic bead is threaded, and this should be repeated until all of the cotton is used. The reason that the same pattern has to be followed and repeated is so that the finished product when worn manages to have the magnetic beads next to each other and so keep it in place. This means that once the piece of cotton is threaded to the end, only one more knot is needed, and it doesn't need to have the two ends tied together.
PRICE AND AVAILABILTY...
The basic sets are available for about £1.50, which is great value for the number of beads in the pack, and although we didn't count them, we had enough to make 3 long pieces of jewellery which could be worn as a necklace of bracelet.
The best value sets I have seen are on amazon but watch out for over inflated postage costs.
Little Miss thoroughly enjoyed making these jewellery pieces and enjoyed the finished products and the way they magnetised together. She did have problems with some of the beads which had smaller holes but by and large, she was able to thread them all through herself. As well as being a good craft activity which kept her absorbed and produced a useful finished product, it was also a good exercise in teaching her about patterns. She tried a make with 6, 8, and 10 beads between the magnetic bead and each ome worked as it said on the instructions.
A very well priced craft activity which works, is fun and easy to do, and which children ( dare I say girls?!) who like jewellery and craft activities will enjoy.
Thanks for reading and seasons greetings.