ALEX Toys DIY Wear Friends 4 Ever Jewelry
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- Makes 22 Friendship Bracelets
- Weave hearts, stripes, diamonds and flowers
- Perfect for parties and sleepovers
- Includes 4 color coded looms, 22 colors of embroidery floss, beads, beading needle, instruction book, and carrying case
- Recommended for children 8 years of age and older
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ALEX Toys DIY Wear Friends 4 Ever Jewelry lets young ones make colorful friendship bracelets the easy way. Designed for crafty kids ages eight and up, this kit includes the friendship wheel, a handy tool that simplifies the weaving process so you can make as many bracelets as you have friends. The kit contains 22 different colors of string, beads, needle, and color-coded looms that can be used again and again with other string. Everything comes in a take-me-anywhere suitcase so you can make bracelets on the bus, in the car, at your friend's, and more. Includes 4 color coded looms, 22 colors of embroidery floss, beads, beading needle, instruction book, and carrying case. Recommended for children 8 years of age and older.
Make colorful friendship bracelets the easy way with Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Making Kit from ALEX. Designed for crafty kids ages eight and up, this kit includes the friendship wheel, a handy tool that simplifies the weaving process so you can make as many bracelets as you have friends. The kit contains 22 different colors of string, beads, needle, and color-coded looms that can be used again and again with other string. Everything comes in a take-me-anywhere suitcase so you can make bracelets on the bus, in the car, at your friend's, and more.
Fun and Easy to Make
Friendship bracelets are a fun way to accessorize an outfit or show your besties how much you care. This kit includes a specially designed loom called a friendship wheel--an easy-to-use tool that makes it a snap to weave a bracelet in a specific pattern.
Friendship Wheel Simplifies Weaving
Using the friendship wheel is easy. Each wheel features two different pattern rings in the middle of the wheel that show you the two patterns you can make with that wheel. The four wheels in the kit make a total of eight different patterns, including hearts, stripes, diamonds and flowers.
Petals around the edge of the wheel show you which color string to use, but you can also choose your own color combination. The two notches in each petal show you exactly where to hook the string.
Clear Instruction Guide with Ruler
The clear instructions not only show you exactly how much string to hook through each notch, but also supply a printed ruler for easy measuring. The only other thing you'll need to get started is a pencil around which you'll tie your string. All the patterns are strung in the same way, so once you have the method down, it's easy to repeat the next time.
Stringing the wheel is simple and straightforward, and the weaving process involves simply unhooking the strings and then re-hooking them according to the pattern. After you've done a little knotting and trimming, you'll be ready to share your original creation with your friends.
Explore Your Creative Side
This kit lets your creativity shine by giving you plenty of options. Add beads or weave in gold and silver thread for more color and shine. When you're done, just pack everything up in the included carrying case.
What's in the Box
Four color-coded looms, string, beads, beading needle, instruction book, and carrying case.
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Top Customer Reviews
From the home page of their site, follow the "Product Instructions" link. The video for the [square] loom is available under the link "Best Friend Bands". The (round) or petal loom instruction video is under the link "Friends 4 Ever".
Though all the bands use the same two weaving styles and you are only varying the pattern of colors, this product is a wonderful way to pull your child's attention away from the TV, iPod, NDS and the refrigerator. It is a great way to keep them occupied in the car on a long trip.
Also, the bands created using the round loom may seem somewhat short and you will think the strings need to be cut longer, know that they have a tendency to <---stretch---> once completed. This is especially true if you keep the strings particularly taut while looming.
We've noticed that the girls don't have as much problem with the circular looms. However, they've had difficulty getting the bracelets from the square looms to come out uniformly. It seems to be a matter of learning how to keep uniform tension on the floss and weave consistently. Not difficult; it just takes a little attention and practice.
The "suitcase" contains four foam looms (2 square and 2 round); 22 skiens of floss; 2 small containers of beads (clear, and multicolored); a beading needle; and instructions.
* Each loom has two patterns (one on each side) for a total of 8 patterns. The finished pattern design is printed around the center hole of the loom, and the notches are painted with the suggested colors used to create the pattern. It's easy to substitute out colors to create your own color schemes. After several months, we've noticed the paint start to rub off the notches on the foam looms (bound to happen over time). Repainting with nail polish may help though we haven't tried that yet.
* The skiens of floss can get used up pretty quickly (only 22). We've found that the local sewing/craft store sells a pack of 50 skiens for around $10.
* We haven't used the beading needle, so I can't comment there. The beads, however, are the right size for the floss and the kids fingers (bigger than seed beeds, smaller than pony beads). My girls haven't shown much interest in incorporating the beads into their projects. They seem to get caught up in the rhythm of the weaving and forget to use them. I would caution that the container lids don't secure down - they slip right off. I would suggest finding another container with a snug lid or taping the lids down to prevent spilled beads.
* The instructions are fairly easy to follow. As has been mentioned by others, the YouTube videos are helpful, especially for those that learn best by watching others. A ruler for measuring out floss has been printed on the fold-out instructions, so all you really need is a pair of scissors for cutting the floss and a pen/pencil (for creating the first loop).
* We still keep the materials, looms, and supplies in the "suitcase" which has proven to be durable.
As our girls have used the product, we've found that they favor the round looms and bracelets over the square. I think this is largely because (1) the weaving rhythm is more continous on the circular looms, (2) it's easier to keep constant tension on the circular looms, (3) the consistent tension yields a more uniform and finished looking product, (4) the round bracelets are usually faster to complete (our experience has been 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the round bracelets compared to 3 for the flat bracelets), and (5) the girls favor the heart and flower designs produced by the circular looms.
Our girls have had a fun time creating bracelets for friends (boys and girls) and themselves. They seem to enjoy planning out the colors and trying to invent new patterns. I would agree with the reviewers who would have liked to see additional patterns. We've also used the floss to create our own knotted/braided/woven bracelets using patterns we've found elsewhere on the web.
Overall, a fun product that was worth the $17.50 we paid for it!
I believe the kit is just sitting gathering dust now.
I'd give the kit 1 star but added another to account for user error.
By the way, if you are the type to shut down (mentally) by having to read an instruction manual to change the clock on a VCR, then I would recommend watching the video first instead of going to the printed manual (it is a bear of a set of instructions).
But all and all the kids might get it after a few attempts or it will sit in the closest till they move out.