Today is a bit different. Normally I do a tutorial on Tuesdays, but today I am doing a review of this really nice beading kit I purchased at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $5. The normal price for this kit is $19.99.
So for $5, I decided it was well worth it.
The kit comes with almost every thing you need:
- 3.5g (30) Rulla beads in “Crystal Violet Rainbow”
- 0.5g Miyuki® size 11/0 seed beads in “Matte Metallic Patina Iris”
- 2g Miyuki® size 11/0 seed beads in “Light Gold”
- 16g Miyuki® size 8/0 seed beads in “Metallic Forest Green Iris”
- 7.5 Matubo™ size 6 beads in “Bronze Pale Gold”
- 2 – 4mm closed gold tone jump rings
- 2 – 6mm open gold tone jump rings
- 1 – 12mm gold tone lobster claw clasp
Okay…let’s get to the review.
The kit is labeled “Advanced Beginner” ages 14+. It says that it makes a pendant with a necklace of up to 22″ long. I feel it is appropriately labeled. It should take about an hour or just over depending on your skill level. There is actually enough beads to make it a bit longer if you need to. It’s not a bad kit. The quality of the beads is nice. There are some flaws in the beads though. So make sure you either do not use those beads or turn them so the flaw will not be seen from the front of the pendant. So if you are ready to try your hand at some bead stitching, then I recommend finding these kits and see if they are on clearance too.
The package is easy to open and could easily be recycled for bead storage.
The cons of this kit are: There are a few things that really could be improved here
- No needle
- No thread
- Instructions are just a bit unclear and not enough pictures. I am a very visual learner and seeing pictures would be better than very unclear language.
- Some of the beads are flawed and misshapen causing the finished piece to be a bit off.
- Recommends using thread for the necklace. I do not like this as thread can easily break. I ended up using Beadalon® 19 strand stringing wire which gave the same soft drape of thread but the security of a wire.
- The style of the necklace is not all that pretty. The pendant is gorgeous, but the pattern they recommend for the necklace detracts from the beauty of the pendant. I suggest either using a slender chain or a different pattern for the necklace.
The pros of this kit are:
- All the beads you need are plus extras.
- Color coordinated beads which are beautiful.
- Not a hard project to complete within about an hour or so depending on your skill level.
- Retail price is normally $20 which really isn’t a bad price if you are planning on selling the finished piece. You could probably sell this for a low break-even price of $35 if you count your hourly rate as $15 an hour. I think you may be able to get more for it because it is very beautiful and unusual.
- The pendant is GORGEOUS!
All in all, I think this was a great purchase especially since it was only $5! Would I purchase one of Hobby Lobby’s other kits at full-price? Possibly if they were as easy as this one. If you find this kit and do buy it, here are a few suggestions:
- Double stitch your base row to secure the piece. It can be a bit floppy as you work.
- Keep your tension tight, but do not over pull.
- Take your time and read the instructions before you begin so you can familiarize yourself with the technique used.
- Use Fireline® in Smoke so the thread is not visible.
- Coat your thread with a thread conditioner. Yes, I know you could get away with not using this, but it really makes a difference as to how the thread slides through the beads.
- Either use a chain for your pendant or a different pattern for the beaded necklace.
- Use stringing wire for the necklace if you use beads and not thread.
Overall, I really liked this kit. It was easy to figure out even though the instructions seemed a bit oddly worded for me. But then again, I am a very visual person and reading instructions and being able to follow them doesn’t come easy for me. Watching someone or looking at very clear diagrams and pictures is easier for me. I ended up buying two of these kits. Between the two with the extra beads, I may be able to get a third necklace out of it. GO ME! Until next time, stay caffeinated my Peeps!