Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Zirrly Super Beads Mega Pack Review

My family had the privilege of trying the Super Beads Mega Pack from Zirrly for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Zirrly is a manufacturer of fun and unique arts & crafts and hobby supplies. They sell kits, beads, wood projects, modeling clay and so much more. They sell to crafters all over the world and have all sorts of projects to satisfy your DIY craving. Their products are great for home, homeschool, party, and classroom.

Super Beads are the safer alternative to other fuse beads. You don't have to use a hot, dangerous iron or troublesome glue to get the beads to melt together. Instead use only a spritz of water to fuse them. After they have time to dry the designs are flexible, durable, and won't crack. If they come apart you can easily refuse them with a little water. The regular kits are great for ages 5 and up and the 3D kits are recommended for ages 10 and up. Younger kids might still need a little help from someone older. You can make so many neat designs on the boards. Super Beads are fun and creative. These water beads are also non-toxic.

The Super Beads Mega Pack is a wonderful starter set. It includes 4500+ beads. It also comes with everything you need to start making 4 patterns. Just use your imagination for other designs.

The Mega Pack Includes:
  • 4500+ Super Beads
  • 4 Assorted Design Templates (apple, cupcake, turtle, elephant)
  • 2 Spray Bottles
  • 4 Boards
  • 1 Design Tool
  • Instructions

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
My daughters who are 7 and 9 years old tried these out. Zari decided to make a cupcake and Teela made an apple. I loved how much more freedom Super Beads give my kids. They can do the whole project on their own and don't have to rely on me to finish it for them with glue or hot iron. I also don't have to lug the ironing board out of the closet, wait for the iron to get hot enough, and make sure I am using wax paper between the design and the iron so I won't get a sticky hot mess. I won't burn myself either! With Super Beads there is less worry and frustration.

Cupcake template and board with flaps and tabs that fit together.

I also noticed that these had a few different properties, besides using water, than other fuse beads. Once the water had been sprayed onto the beads they looked shiny and had a more glossy sheen to them. The bead designs are more flexible as well. Since they don't have to be ironed they don't get flattened or too misshapen because of the heat. They hold the bead's shape fairly well even when fused together.

Zari and Teela designing and spritzing with the Super Beads.

I loved how easy this was to do. The peg boards have tabs on the underside that the design template flaps can fit into so it doesn't move. Once you have your template in place it is color coded to show you where to place the different colored beads and you can clearly see the template design through the transparent peg board. You can also fit tabs together to make a larger board from all 4. The beads fit snug on the pegs so they don't move while making a design once they are placed. You spritz the entire surface of the design with water making sure you don't drown the beads. If you do put a bit too much water the beads could have a few plastic strands that you will need to shave off the finished design if you want. This was really no big deal for me. The completed designs take just 60 minutes to set up and dry. Once dry to the touch and not tacky feeling they can be simply lifted off the board with the design tool provided.

Apple and cupcake design.

My daughters had a lot of fun doing these designs. The Mega Pack is a great investment because of all it comes with and Super Beads are such a great craft. I recommend this pack to anyone who wants to try them or those that are sick of dealing with the other fuse bead brands.
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You can purchase Super Beads HERE. The Mega Pack is $18.98.

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1 comment:

zirrly said...

You guys did a fantastic job reviewing and presenting our Super Beads. We’re super impressed. Thanks so much!!!