Our latest assignment by Interplay as an ambassador was to put BFF tag jewellery to the test. Its recommended for ages 8+ but as J is close to 6 we supervised her closely. Packaged in a bright colourful box it comes with everything you will need apart from a pair of scissors, knife, something to roll the clay out with (like a rolling pin or cup) and an oven.
The kit includes informative and straight forward instructions., 50g clay, 4 metallic powders, paint brush, glue/varnish, cocktail stick, stamp moulds and holder, metallic beads, clamps, hooks clasps, and various cords.
With the kit being suitable for 8+ I was unsure how much J would be able to do. I was pleasantly surprised that she could do almost everything. To start with she needed to mould the clay and warm it up a little with her hands.
After it had warmed up it felt like play dough. Very mouldable. She rolled it out using one of her craft rolling pins and then cut it into a rectangle shape using a knife.
Before she got carried away designing it we made the all important hole to make it into a necklace.
J decided she would do the design that was in the instructions with BFF on them and make enough for her circle of friends at school. She stamped the letters in carefully.
...and then dusted them with the metallic powder.
S was very intrigued with what was going on and wanted to join in too... we decided she could make a bracelet so they could both have a matching one each. Again we followed the instructions and used the mould holder to spell the word LOVE...
They each had fun stamping it on... we did have to re-roll one again as S decided to stamp over the cord holes...
..before again painting with the metallic dust...
They then needed to go in the oven and baked on low for 15-20 minutes. Once they were cooled we then varnished them to stop the metallic dust coming off.
I have then threaded all the cords, clams and beads on to save any frustration. How cool and funky do they look? They are not heavy to wear either considering they are clay.
There was enough elastic cord for two bracelets in black cord. There is some pink cord provided too, which we have not used yet!
Enough clasps for 4 necklaces.... we need to hunt down a few more before we hand any out to her friends so we don't leave any out.
The kit also includes pieces to make earrings. We have over half the clay left so do plan to make more as gifts too. J really enjoyed doing this and I would it is suitable for her age.
The kit retails at £12.99 and I think it is a great price for an interesting an unusual craft activity. You can purchase a kit from Interplay here.
What would you make first a bracelet or necklace, and what would you put on it?
*We were gifted the set for the purpose of an honest review. All words, photos and opinions are my own.