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Crayola Jewelry Boutique

Crayola Jewelry Boutique

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Crayola, LLC
Price: $19.99

The Crayola Jewelry Boutique is a craft kit based on their popular Model Magic line of soft, quick-drying modeling clay. This particular set uses a hand-operated spinner to roll twisted pieces of clay into multi-colored beads. The beads can be mounted on the included jewelry elements (three pendants, five bracelet charms, and two sets of earrings) or pierced into stringable beads that can be dried on the bead rack. Several plastic gems are included, and they can be added before the beads harden. When beads are dry, they can be polished with the slick bead glaze and constructed into more elaborate jewelry - necklaces, bracelets, etc. The results are cheerful and chunky, and nearly as pretty as the picture on the box, a surprisingly rare feat in craft kits! Making a glamorous jewelry piece will require patience. The time between bead creation and jewelry construction is long enough that younger children may need extra encouragement to complete projects.

Emily Crawford   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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