Reported by Beth Silaika
Some days, it is nice to just get out of the sunshine and get inside and create. The girls and I needed one such day and I broke out some Firefly™ Sculpey Boxed kits to play with. Firefly ™ Sculpey® Boxed Kits Bendy Bracelets and Fashion Fun Jewelry are two of the boxed kits which Polyform offers in their line of products.
Each kit comes with directions, tools and enough clay to create several items of jewelry. The bracelet kit comes with jewels, glitter glue and a bracelet form made of cardboard. The jewelry kit comes with tools, jewelry “thread/string” and clay.
All five of the girls wanted to play with the clay, and we were able to let the 3 and 5 year old participate with supervision.
The most difficult part of the kit is deciding what type of bracelet or jewelry you want to create. They have several different options of styles to choose from. Couple that with the variety of colors of clay and your possibilities are enormous. Sculpey clay requires conditioning to make it easily formed, so rolling and kneading the clay is the best way to start out your project. If you have little ones who want to create with the clay, you really need to condition the clay for them by sectioning off a small piece of the clay and rolling it between your hands to warm and soften it.
I let the girls have free rein on their projects, occasionally helping them form the clay on the cardboard bracelet form. They all experimented with colors and styles and decided to come up with unique combinations.
Victoria chose to create beads with her clay, using the jewelry kit. She rolled out a few colors of clay and cut them and swirled them around together to make a tie-dye bead.
Karen rolled out colors, created small circles of clay and layered them atop one another on the cardboard bracelet form.
Here are the flat circle beads that Karen layered to create her bracelet, and these are the tie-dye beads which Victoria created. The beads, prior to baking, were pierced through with the plastic needle tool to create a small hole for threading.
Isabella decided to create a twisty bracelet for herself. She selected a few colors and rolled them out on the table.
She simply twisted them together, we measured them against the cardboard bracelet form and we pressed the clay together to create the bracelet.
After baking for a few minutes in the oven, the beads and bracelets were ready!
Bella loved the look of her twisty bracelet. It slipped right on her hand and was a good thickness for durability.
My daughter Isabella does *NOT* wear jewelry. With the exception of those rubber band bracelets, this is the first piece of jewelry she has ever worn. She gave the kit a thumbs up!
Victoria beaded a nice necklace with the black thread provided in the kit. She took her tie-dye look beads and threaded them to create an adorable choker. Even though some of the bracelets Victoria made broke, she really enjoyed the kit and also gave it a thumbs up.
Unfortunately, Karen’s bracelet broke right after baking. It cooled, she tried to put it on, but the thin circles did were not durable. Several of the bracelets, with the exception of Isabella’s twisty bracelet, broke. It was difficult to make a bracelet on the cardboard form provided in the kit which was not too large for a child’s wrist. The bracelets were labeled “Bendy” but they did not bend, and if any pressure was put on the bracelet, the clay snapped. The most durable items were the beads which we created with the clay. They looked very nice, the colors were vibrant, and each bead was unique.
- lots of colors, styles and ideas all in one kit allows you to create endless possibilities of handmade jewelry and beads
- so simple, even a supervised 5 year old can create a personalized piece of jewelry or beads
- tools provided in kit can be reused if you purchase additional clay at your local craft store or online
- lots of clay provided allows you to make several pieces of jewelry
- cardboard bracelet form did not fit child’s arm, it was too large
- baked clay did not bend (as stated on the box) and several bracelets snapped and broke
My girls absolutely loved the afternoon we spent crafting. Although they were disappointed that some of the bracelets broke, they were very excited to wear with the pieces that did not break. They would absolutely play with these kits again and they would give the kits as gifts to friends. My girls range in age from 12 to 3. The 3 year old even took the leftover clay and made a hat for her Yo Gabba Gabba Muno toy. All in all, it was a wonderful crafting afternoon and I would recommend the kit to create thicker bracelets and beads.
Polyform is generously giving away one of these great Firefly Sculpey Clay kits to a lucky reader!
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