Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hand Made Jewelry - Prima Bead Product Review

I received a jewelry kit from Prima Bead in exchange for my honest review.

I received this kit:

Included were enough beads, chain, cord, findings and charms to make 2 necklaces, 4 bracelets and 2 sets of earrings{If you follow their instructions}. Also included were a 3 in one jewelry tool, jewelry making mat and jewelry patterns.

I love to make jewelry, but I must admit I have a hard time coming up with my own ideas of what to make. So this was perfect for me. It came with instructions! It was a great starting point for me. I made a few things following the instructions and a few I changed up a bit. I ended up making only 1 necklace, but I made more bracelets and earrings.

Here's what I made:

 This was the necklace I made following the included instructions. This was probably the most time consuming of all the jewelry pieces I made. I didn't get it quite centered, but the weight of the beads keeps it centered and the clasp in the back is just a little off.

I am loving the colors of these beads! They go so well together.

I love making earrings, they are so quick and easy. I followed the instructions to make the oval earrings, adding the bows. The pearl clusters and drop earrings I designed.

This is a stretch bracelet. I actually made several of these. One for each of my daughters. I didn't get a chance to get pictures of them, but I used random colors and sizes of beads for their bracelets.

I really like this bracelet. I made three bracelets all connected with the same clasp. I added bow charm and bead to the clasp for extra cuteness.

Overall, I am very pleased with this kit from Prima Bead.  It came with everything I needed to make all this jewelry. I love that instructions were included. Along with the patterns for the jewelry, there were basic jewelry making instructions. Such as how to form a loop, using crimp tubes, tying a knot in stretch cord and how to attach jump rings.

The only downside I could think of was that the kit only included one set of pliers. I think it would be really hard to open and close jump rings if you only had that one set. Luckily I had my own already so it was fine, and I think most people would have something they could use, even if it was one of their husbands pliers. So this is not a huge deal, but something to be aware of.

Lastly, Prima Bead  sent me a catalog as well.  The beads seem reasonably priced, but the best part is free shipping in the USA! I love that I can buy just a few things, without my price being doubled by the shipping costs. There are volume discounts available as well. There are also free jewelry patterns on their website. You can bet I will be taking advantage of those! 

1 comment :

  1. I love your jewelry, the colors are great. I am currently making a necklace with all the balls on it. It is very time consuming but I love the look of them and am very excited for the finished product. Good work!