Anything crafty is welcomed in this house by Miss A, especially if she gets to make jewellery from it. She was kindly sent a Gel-A-Peel Sparkle Bead Station to get creative with.
As a parent I hadn’t come across the Gel-A-Peel range before, but Miss A knew all about it and was excited to try it out. The sparkle bead station comes with 26 design templates, a bead station, 3 gel tubes, 4 different design tips for the pens and different coloured cord. The idea of the station is to use the coloured gel to create beads by using the tubes in the bead station to rotate your gel, creating a bead when dry.
I was unsure of how it would work to begin with but actually, the gel is a little like PVA glue but perhaps a little thicker in consistency. It will air dry in a few hours, better left overnight if you can. After our first couple of tries we worked out how to make multi coloured round beads that actually slide off the tubes very well without breaking.
You can add different colours to the beads if you like but it’s recommended to leave a little while before mixing the colours together. There are some handy design sheets included which give inspiration and templates. What I like about the station is that there is plenty of room to make a lot of beads and they can be stored inside the station without them being ruined. I found they dried very well when left on the window sill in the sunshine.
Once you have created your beads you can use them to make jewellery. The beads can also be added to with different coloured gel if you wanted to create spotty designs for example on the beads.
Often we will try a new product and I can’t see the longevity of it after the initial ingredients have been used. Gel-a-peel however has a lot of product included in the sets and as you can buy additional sets then the only limitation is your imagination. The design station retails for around £19.99 and the accessory kits for around the £15 mark.
I haven’t found too many negatives with the product, as it’s not very messy and certainly wouldn’t stain anything. The design tips had a tendency to get clogged so you need a small implement to remove the glue like substance when it’s dry to clear the nozzle. I don’t think there would be any way around this slight issue and it doesn’t hinder too much. Overall I’ve been very impressed with this product and I can see us buying further sets in the future.
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