Back last September Florence reviewed the Beados Quick Dry Design Studio and she thought it was absolutely fantastic. She’s very crafty so choosing the right coloured beads to place on a clear board with a design template underneath it is just up her street. It’s a little bit fiddly and you need patience but she’s really good at that and within a few hours had created some brilliant pieces including some which she had free handed. She’s continued to use it and what’s really great is that she can do it from start to finish on her own as the creations, unlike similar style products, do not need to be ironed but simply sprayed with water and left to dry as they bond together.
She has recently been sent the new Beados Gem Designer Studio which again is the same process for creation but this time the creations are to make your own jewellery and gems with. The beads, instead of round spheres, have a hexagon style finish to their appearance making them already look like precious stones and then when bonded together with other ones you can create beautiful, shiny beads to thread onto a necklace or bracelet. Inside the pack you get equipment to help make a bracelet and some other jewellery pieces as well as two boards (one to be making with and another to be drying a previous project – this is great as having to wait for drying before being able to start something new might be annoying), a water spray, the beads (lots of them) and the bead holder!
The top compartment which holds the beads in separate colour sections is easy to open for Florence and she can fill or remove the beads very easily if she needs to. You spin it around until the colour you want to use is facing you then press the button on the top to release the bead down the tube and into the pen. Do this as many times as you need that colour and then the beads are ready and waiting for you to use the pen with precision. Hold the pen over the dip in the board you want to drop it into (either use a template provided underneath to show you which colour to put where, make your own template or just freehand) and then continue until you picture is complete. Spray liberally with water and set aside to dry.
Florence loved creating the Princess template first which she made as a gift for her teacher and while that was drying she set about making some of the jewellery too. She used one of the templates to make big beads with the little beados and created a little bracelet for herself which she thought was fabulous!
A great little toy aimed at children 4+. One thing I will say is that it would be nice if it came with a few more accessories to make the jewellery. You can re-use them of course but it’s nice to be able to keep them and make new ones too. Also, the bracelet is extremely small. So much so that Florence, who is a very tiny herself, didn’t want to keep it on for long as it was a little tight.
She loved the process of the making and is an absolute fan of Beados that’s for sure!
We were sent the Beados Gem Designer Studio for the purpose of an honest review.