I am obsessed with trinkets. And I mean, really obsessed. I regularly paint my nails and stick nail gems to my earlobes in my preparation for parties, school, and even bedtime! Often I manage to sneak forbidden jewellery into school by hiding it up the sleeve of my regulation cardigan and hoping Mummy won’t have time to do the check procedure before we leave.
So you can imagine my thrill at being given a Charmies Magic Beader to review! Basically, the kit comprises some really cute plastic beads and a clear elastic thread to create bracelets and necklaces. As you can see, there is a lot of cake involved, which is all to the good! The difference with this kit is the threading gadget, which not only makes the whole process much easier, but also provides endless entertainment for younger brothers intent on figuring out the mechanics! So you slot the beads into their places and turn a spinner on the top, whereupon a magic crochet-hook travels the circumference of the holder, taking with it the clear thread. One more flick of the switch, and the thread lifts out, complete with beads perfectly strung! Jewellery in a jiffy!
It can get a bit fiddly, so may not be ideal for younger children, but as a 7 year old, I got the hang of it quite quickly. I managed to make a necklace, a bracelet and 3 keyrings for my friends, before I ran out of beads and thread, but it is easy to take apart and remake the charms when I get bored. Plus, you can buy refill packs when you run out!
We were given the Charmies Magic Beader by Cuthberts Toys for the purposes of review. No financial incentive was received, and all opinions are our own. Retails for £19.99