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Company Bio: Located in Halifax Nova Scotia, The Orb Factory is a provider of award winning crafts and activity products. With over 20 years in business, they are always creating brand new lines and exciting new products. They are now sold in over 60 countries, have won numerous awards, and have become a recognized and trusted name in the toy industry.
The Orb Factory believes in the power of play. They strive to produce toys that not only stimulate a child’s mind, but their creativity as well. Their kits allow children to lose themselves in a world of magic, imagination and artistic freedom.
- Sticky Mosaics Journal & Jewel Jewelry Box- Follow a numbered legend and add over 280 sparkling jewels to this glittering jewelry box and journal. This Jewelry Box contains three drawers for storing treasured trinkets and a secret side pocket for your journal.
- Plush Craft Foxy Pillow- Follow a numbered legend and use the stylus to punch pretty fabric pieces. No sewing required!
- Imaginista Paint’n Lace- Paint and design pretty lace jewelry pieces.
MSRP: $9.99 to $16.99 per kit
Personal Experience: I have reviewed for Orb Factory before and we had such a wonderful time creating our unique crafts that I was thrilled when they offered us a chance to explore some of their latest kits: the Plush Craft Foxy Pillow, Sticky Mosaics Journal & Jewel Jewelry Box, and Imaginista Paint’n Lace.
We had done a Plush Craft kit before, so we were familiar with the fabric punching technique used in making these pillows. The Prince and I worked together on this. If you thought the owl kit we did last time was cute, then you’ll really love this flirty little fox! The vibrant colors and adorable facial features are just adorable!
It does seem that they’ve made some subtle improvements on this craft style. The fabric pieces appear to be closer together; creating a much more plush effect. I also greatly prefer the use of buttons to attach the facial features versus the Velcro used in the owl. It felt like much better quality all around.
We had also done a Sticky Mosaics project before, but nothing as complex as this jeweled box. This project was all for me. I sat quietly and carefully applied each and every little sticky-backed jewel. It was definitely one of the most therapeutic crafts I’ve done in awhile.
This would be the perfect gift for young teens. It combines the joy of creating with a very useful storage box and journal. It’s sized just right for a bedside table, dresser, or bathroom counter. I’m using mine to stash hair accessories and other little trinkets.
It is made of a very sturdy cardboard material. The little drawers are holding up well to daily use. Most of the jewels have held on tight thanks to the very sticky . I did have two small jewels that fell off, but the kit includes plenty of spare jewels to make a quick repair.
The lace jewelry kit was something entirely new for me. The basic technique involves painting cut out pieces of lace and then putting it together as jewelry pieces. Before starting, I want quite sold on the idea… but when my first project was completed I had been inspired to explore a whole new craft even beyond the kit.
The process is relatively simple, but you could also do more complicated designs. This kit gives you a great opportunity to truly design your own craft. I have so many ideas in my head for more jewelry pieces! My only wish would be for smaller jewelry findings… particularly the jump rings. I felt that the large rings short of cheapened the look.
Overall. I was one again very happy with my shipment from Orb Factory. They really do create amazing craft kits that are easy to do and leave you with fun results. They are geared more toward kids and teens, but I even have fun as an adult. I know a few kits I will be posting for my nieces this Christmas!
Pros: Great quality kits that produce fun results. Easy to do. Fun for kids and adults. Could inspire you to start a new type of craft. Prices are great.
Cons: The selection is really geared toward girls… would love to see more options for boys.