There are several sets available, but I knew the Jewelry Set would be Ellie’s favorite. She was so excited when it arrived, and wanted to dig right in!
The Super Beads Jewelry Set came with everything needed to make a necklace, a pair of earrings (for pierced ears), and a bracelet. You receive the board for building the project, a squirt bottle, guides for the board to show the size and possible design, and directions. There are also yellow, pink, and white beads.
What Are Super Beads?
Super Beads fuse together with water. Each bead has a hole on the top and bottom. You simply place the beads on the board in a design (either one you create, or following the included guides) and spray them with water.
Ellie had fun with this part. She decided to stick to the included guides for the jewelry and then use the extra beads to create a little something of her own design.
Here’s a picture of her putting the earrings and necklace set together. The guide slips under the clear plastic tray, and is color coded. This made putting it together simple.
Once she was finished, they looked like this:
We then left them for a full 24 hours, to give them plenty of time to dry. After the first couple of hours, we popped them off the board and flipped them over so the other side could fully dry as well.
When we pulled them up, everything was stuck together as planned.
Putting the Jewelry Together
Once they were dried, it was time to assemble the jewelry. The set included a silver beaded chain for the necklace, two earring thingies, and a clasp for the bracelet. The directions were clear and easy to follow. Ellie was able to put everything together by herself.
She decided to give the earrings to her Sunday School teacher. She kept the bracelet and the necklace.
How Did They Hold Up?
As far as we know, the earrings stayed stuck together. They lasted the whole day that her teacher wore them at church.
The necklace is still together, and Ellie enjoys wearing it.
However, the bracelet fell apart almost immediately upon the first clasping. We followed the directions to respray the broken beads. But, it didn’t work. They just fell right back off.
I’m not sure if there was a problem made when crafting it, or if the design is just too narrow in some spots.
What Did We Think?
Ellie loved putting together the Super Beads. She’s used similar beads before, but those required a hot iron to fuse.
These were definitely more child friendly. Even though she was below the recommended age of 10, she had no problem putting them together. (I did have her older sister nearby to offer assistance if needed, just in case!)
It was a fun project for Ellie, and I know she wants some more sets in the future. The other kids also think they’re neat, and they want to try some too.
We were disappointed that the bracelet didn’t hold up, but happy that it was the only piece that had trouble. All in all, I would recommend this product for kids who enjoy crafting.
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