A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of receiving a "Jewelry Class in a Box" kit from Prima Beads.
The kit contains truly all you need to make several pieces of jewelry: the supplies, tools, an instruction book and even a bead mat!
I started by making one of the pairs of earrings in the kit, pretty close to how the instructions directed.
Of course, being a "seed beader" I immediatley felt like I wanted to somehow add some seed beads to these earrings. And while I didn't revisit the earrings, I pretty much departed from the instructions book after that...
Global Genes Project 7000 Bracelets for Hope.
I love this blue chain. The color is rich and the chain is very light-weight.
Then I played around with the heart pendant and the adorable keys. And added some bead weaving components to the mix.
This kit is a great kit for someone just learning to bead. It truly has all you need to get started, and will give the new beader an intro to using pliers with jump rings, head pins, and wire and crimps. The metal in this kit is not precious, and I was a little disappointed when I put some of the gold components together and they didn't match very well. And while I loved the heart pendant, some of the metal overlay was scratching off.
The three-in-one tool is so clever! I found it a little difficult to cut the chain accurately with the three-in-one tool. But again, it's a great starting point for a new beader. I would still recommend a beader splurge for the three tools that would otherwise make up the three-in-one (needle-nose pliers, round nose pliers and a good set of wire cutters).
The variety in this kit is good and it definitely can get your creative juices flowing. I haven't used all the components yet, but I'm excited to start playing with the filigree flowers and the square flower pendants!
Prima Bead is a relatively new bead company and I look forward to getting further acquainted with what they have to offer. They have a great website with lots of projects and you can request a catalog for those days that you want to lounge on the couch and enjoy some eye candy! Stay tuned for more pieces created from this kit!
Disclaimer: Prima Beads sent me this kit to review. I was not compensated to write this post, these opinions are my own.