“ Manufacturer: Reeves / Type: Crafts „
I love to try my hand at crafty things, however, I am not usually very good so I am forever trying new things that I can do that look quite easy. That was my reason for purchasing this scraperfoil kit for £1.49 from my local Hobbycraft store. I figured that if I was not very good that it would not be much money wasted and at least it will have given me some entertainment for a little while too.
This is quite a simple little kit but then the price is fabulous so I have no complaints there. You get the picture that you are going to scrape as well as a foil scraper. The instructions are on the back of the packet and are easy enough to follow for me. It is easy enough to see on the actual picture itself where to use the scraper and this makes the whole process incredibly simple really.
I really enjoyed using this scraper kit and found that the lines were incredibly simple to follow. I do not have the most steady hand but I rarely missed a line much at all and the overall look was not ruined by the few lines that were not exactly dead lined up. I found it best to spend a few minutes working on this and then come back to this later so that I didn't get too frustrated with some of the smaller more repetitive lines.
There is no preparation time in using this kit, other than removing it from the packaging, and one of these lasted me around 1 1/2 - 2 hours with doing a little bit here and there. I found it was simple enough to use my handheld hoover on my desk after doing this to remove all the scrapings, which were similar to those from a scratch card, and besides putting the scraper somewhere there was no other clean up involved.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this kit. The picture that I made, of a dolphin, looked almost as good as the picture on the box and I was able to send this to my niece for her bedroom as she absolutely loves dolphins. This was cheap and gave me a few hours entertainment. I would definitely try another one of these in the future, perhaps a larger one, but I do find myself wondering where I would put these after they are done as while they are fun to do they do not look like an amazing piece of art like other items that can be created at home.
Last easter we decided that we would cut back on the amount of high calorie choccy eggs and sweets that we gave as gifts to the children of both friends and family. They seemed to be inundated with too many chocs every year and mums and dads were having to ration them out, to stop them all being gobbled up at once.
With several to buy for we decided instead to make up easter craft and make baskets, which included a variety of bits and pieces to occupy and delight, along with a small bag of mini eggs to keep it topical.
We sourced various items for the baskets including colouring pens, glue sticks, glitter pens, coloured paper, giant fluffy pipe cleaners, fuzzy felt shapes, sticker books and mini scraper foil kits. We split the craft multipacks and then divided the contents equally, adding one mini eggs bag, a small fluffy easter chick and a Reeves Mini Scraper Foil Pack to each easter basket.
The effect was lovely, once wrapped in clear cellophane and tied with a large yellow bow. We sourced many of the products from 99p shops or The Range, which has a good selection of crafting items.
We came across the Reeves Mini Foil Sets and thought they would go down a treat, so bought a selection including, a charming Dolphin set, an adorable Puppy set, a cute Rabbit set and a Panda set. We bought 3 of each as we needed enough for 12 easter craft gifts. There were larger sets but we thought the smaller ones would be more suited.
The idea of the basket was that it would provide enjoyment for longer than your standard easter gift. The Dolphin set suits both boys and girls, as its neither too pretty or too plain. We paid just 99p per pack and each set had the main dolphin picture softly outlined onto a pre prepared black toned board. The idea behind these being that the child uses the scraper tool provided with the set to go over the pre formed outline and create their own piece of foil backed scraper created artwork.
It is very reminiscent of the technique used by children where by different coloured crayons are used to form a random or uniform pattern on a piece of card or paper. Which the child then covers with a thicker darker layer of black or darkest navy crayon, only to use a scraper tool to create a picture by removing the darker crayon layer as and where they want to.
The beauty of the Reeves foil sets is that all the long winded preparation, is done for the child before hand. So all that they need to do, is first have a little practice on the small practice square included with the pack and then create their own master piece that can be a lasting keepsake when finished.
The Dolphin pack came with a practice square, a scraper tool and a pre printed art board. There is a handy picture of what the finished art work should look like too. This is very useful to the child who can use it as a guidance tool. Using the set in this way will enable the best finished picture to be produced. Obviously results can vary, depending on the skill of the child, but pleasing results are possible.
We found that the Dolphin set was one of the more popular designs with both boys and girls. They had great fun with all the crafting gear we gave them, but several still have the Reeves Mini Foil pics proudly on display. Next year we plan to do something similar for easter and will certainly include some of these mini foil art packs. The kids loved using them most of all as they are something different. But still had many hours of fun with all other the crafty goodies.
For around 99p you can pick up the mini sets, but the larger copper foil or silver foil sets are a little more expensive. Supervision may be required depending on the skill or ability of the child to work with the scraper tool. These make a very entertaining and productive arty gifts.
My sister is 10 and she's proper arty so for Xmas I got her a load of different craft sets because I knew my dad had brought her a big wooden box to keep all her art stuff in. She's more into painting at the minute so I got her mainly mini kits of different crafts to see which ones she would like.
I got this Scraperfoil Dolphins Mini Kit from an arts and crafts shop in Birmingham and it cost £1.99. In the kit you get the picture you can see in the photo Dooyoo have got up and a scraper to scrape the foil. There are brief instructions on the back on the packet and the picture itself is marked with where you have to scrape.
As soon as my sister saw it she wanted to do it but with it being Xmas day the kit ended up in her box forgotten until my mums birthday last month, she's obsessed with dolphins so my sister decided to do her this picture to put up in the bathroom.
It was dead easy for her to use, I had a go and as long as you've got a pretty steady hand anyone should be able to do it. I can't draw at all but you're only scraping away at pre printed lines and you can't go wrong. You need to concentrate a bit to follow the lines properly and I noticed my sister getting a bit bored about half way through, she said she enjoyed doing the picture though it's just that it's not one of them kiddie crafts that they will spend hours doing.
I reckon it took my sister about 5 hours to finish the picture, that was over 3 days on and off and I think if she'd put a bit more concentration into it the picture would have been done a lot quicker. It's a good thing about these Scraperfoil kids though because you can put it away and come back to it even months later to finish the picture off. I did the bottom of the picture and thought it was quite relaxing just scraping the foil and wiping the bits away..... it got a bit messy on the carpet and I reckon one of the bigger pictures you can get would make a right mess but the scrapings are easy to clean up after.
The scraper is easy to hold, it's a bit fiddly to start with but the metal scraping end of it is made so that once you've practised a bit you can use it to get a fine sharp line and also use it for thicker blocks of colour. The set is suitable for kids over 8 years and I think that's about right because younger children would deffo get frustrated with the scraper and I think the boredom thing would kick in a lot quicker.
The finished picture is brill, if I'm honest it doesn't look as PERFECT as the one on the packet but for a 10 year old to make it looks amazing. The silver is lovely and shiny and I think it stands out wicked against the black background, my sisters birthday is coming up and I'm definitely going to get her a few more of these and maybe some of the bigger kits because she really enjoyed doing this small one and I reckon she'd be able to get her teeth into a bigger picture are practising on this one.
Recommended..... a good way to get your kids doing different art to painting.
Reeves are an absolutely fantastic company that manufacture scraper foil art sets, they are available in box sets of 3 a4 sized scraper foils or in singles in a4 sized or in minis as this kit is which is a5 sized. This kit is in silver but the kits they make are also available in copper.
I brought my dolphin kit in February from in store which has now changed its name back to pound stretcher, the kit cost me £0.99p and came in a card board sleeve with a flap like an envelope would have on the top of the sleeve to get the pieces out, inside there is a blank piece of black scraper foil art smaller than the actual picture to practice on before you start, the scraper foil picture and a tool for scraping the picture onto the black scraper foil board.
When I first began doing these types of crafts many years ago I was a little bit daunted when I read the packet and was worried it was going to be really difficult but it actually is very easy for anyone to have a go at doing although a steady hand is a advantage with this craft.
The black scraper foil board already has the picture printed onto it in a different colour usually a light grey so you know where to scratch your lines and I say lines as these pictures are built up of many lines to create the beautiful picture in the end. You scrape away the grey areas using the tool included, by using it on the tip you get a very thin fine line and the more you tilt it to the side the thicker a line you create.
I really enjoy doing these and the dolphin one would be a great starter piece for any one just getting into this type of craft as it is cheap, relatively easy to do, as there are no complicated bits and is of a smaller size than others in the range.
I find that placing the board in the lid of a box whilst scraping is best as the filings you scrape away don't end up all over you and where ever you are sitting this way and having a clean tissue to wipe the areas as you have scraped them to remove the filings is also handy.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to have a go at a new craft but will advise that due to the scraper being a bit sharp I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under the age of 8.
This is a review about Reeves Mini Kit Scraperfoils in general- not just the Dolphin design.
I recently decided to buy myself a scraperfoil as a pre new year's resolution to do more craft-oriented things. I typed "craft" into ebay and trawled through pages and pages of paint by numbers and copperfoil kits and saw the sweetest bunny rabbit scraperfoil kit for £1.49! Bargain, I thought to myself!
*What do you get?*
These kits retail between £1.25 on Amazon to £1.80 in craft shops. Each kit has a card sleeve which when opened reveals a 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 inch piece of black coated card which has a grey outlined picture on it, a small 1 x 1 1/2 inch piece of black covered card (your "test" piece) and a plastic scraping tool which is a coloured plastic holder with a 2 cm diamond shaped piece of sharp metal sticking out of the end.
*What do you do?*
The black coated card has a faint grey image on it which you have to scrape off to reveal the silver underneath. This will create a silver image which will shine and pick up the light creating your picture- intended to look like an engraving. You basically scrape off a layer if ink to reveal the silver coating underneath.
The hardest part about all this is being able to comfortably hold the scraping tool to scrape off the black coating without the tool just stuttering over the card and nothing scraping off. Imagine you are scraping the top layer off a piece of paper using a fountain pen nib- this is what it feels like- you have to angle and move the scraping tool edge so you create the correct width silver line. You do get a test piece of the black ink coated card to test out your scraping tool skills on first- which is great if you have never done one of these before.
Once you get a feel for the sharpest edge of the scraping tool and the easiest way to scrape the black coating off you are away and it all gets ever so easy to do. The only drawback with these is, if you go wrong and scrape a bit off you were not meant to scrape off, there is no going back. I mean, you could attempt to cover it up using a permanent black marker, but you may still be able to tell - it depends how much of a perfectionist you are! Overall though, you can't really go wrong as the lines you have to scrape off are very thin.
I completed the one I was doing in around two hours with a little break to clean all the black dust off myself that I had created (I forgot to put newspaper down). With these small kits it is possible to do the whole thing in one go- though the scraping noise may be a little tedious on your ears and may irritate anyone sat in the same room as you.
Once you get into it, it really is quite a fun thing to do. You can create a nice effect and a good picture in a short space of time. With the small kits there is less chance of you giving up due to getting sick of the scraping noise or the black shavings you can get over yourself!
The scrapey noise, the ink shavings (dry black flecks) you create- you need to put a piece of newspaper down to prevent getting bits all over yourself and some people might not have the patience it takes to go over several thousand small grey lines with a multi edged scrapey tool.
The front of the pack states "8+" but the back of the pack states "Not suitable for anyone under 36 months due to small parts with sharp functional points and edges"! I would go with the "Over the Age of 8" recommendation myself a these are quite fiddly and the tool is really sharp and could cause some damage.
Overall I would definitely recommend these to anyone remotely interested in art, craft, making things, craft oriented hobbies etc., They are as easily designed for adults as they are for children. The mini kits are a great introduction to scraperfoils/ copperfoils etc and for £1.49 on average, you can't really go that wrong!