Fab Effex Review
I’ve was sent one of their craft kits to review a while ago, and whilst on holiday Darlek spent a while experimenting with it. You can make fish, lions and other animals by using a solid plastic base (the body of the animal), and special sort of self-sticking waxed felty paper stuff to create the detail. I had some beautiful photos of her working on them, but unfortunately we appear to have lost our camera on the journey home somehow. Don’t ask, just don’t! *sobs*
This is the specific pack we were sent, although there are other kits in their range.
Darlek set about making them without much instruction at first, it seemed straightforward. It looked like you had pre-cut pieces that you simply overlaid onto a plastic base. Problem was, it seemed quite fiddly to peel off the back of the shapes, and once that was done, they didn’t appear to be sticky. There were small sheets of the felt too, so you could cut your own shapes out too. We quickly realised that a lot of precise cutting was needed, as we ran out of pre-cut stuff – another job that was too fiddly for a 6 year old so I had to take over for a bit.
After a bit of umming and aahing, we realised that the felt is waxy (not mentioned in the instructions as far as I could see) so it needed warming in your hands a little before it would stick. That way you could mould it onto the plastic base, and stick the other pieces onto it that way.
All in all, this was a fabulous idea, that was put into practice rather impractically. It would have been nice if all the pieces had been pre-cut to same time and effort, and the instructions could have been a little clearer in regards to how the waxed felt worked too. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours, but I do think this kit is better for older children, my daughter is 6 and at the younger end of this craft age range.
The felt is v clever though, in that it is mouldable and can be twisted and shaped. It does look very effective too, when completed.
If anyone would like to buy one of these kits pls click HERE, it’ll set you back approximately £9.99 and a bit of time and energy. It’s a 7/10 for us, but maybe that’s because Darlek is possibly a little young for this kit. If you have older children, I suspect they’d enjoy making these a lot more.