Out of the box this kit was very exciting for both myself and my two daughters, 9 and 7. Once they slowed down enough to let me read the directions, using the bead spinner was fun and made cool designs for beads. However, I don't know how they expect you to come out with cone shaped beads because as soon as you try to poke the hole the bead always turns out round. Still, we were enjoying making a variety of multicolored round beads of different sizes. We put most beads on the peacock dryer overnight, like the instructions said. It also indicated you could lay them on wax paper, which worked for drying the beads but not painting them with the glossy coating as it pooled underneath and stuck to the wax paper. Even after 48 hours, the beads were still soft enough to reshape, not hard like the instructions said. Painting them with the gloss finish on the peacock dryer didn't work much better than the wax paper, as it was hard to get enough gloss to stay on without dripping onto the beads below. The necklace charms and fasteners are a good idea, but the rings stick out more than 3/4 of an inch on your finger. In order to get the putty into the necklace charms completely you have to use your fingers, which leave fingerprints on the finished product. I would not recommend buying this kit, there are many other craft kits out there my children would prefer for jewelry making.
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