We’d seen these on display the last time we were in Toys R Us. Both Abigail and Imogen thought they looked fun and crafty. Then fast forward to the beginning of May when we were at a Blogging conference, where we met the PR company for Gel-A-Peel. We asked if it would be possible to review the craft product.
Gel-A-Peel Fuzzy Kit Review
The Hoopsters were super excited to get creating their Gel-A-Peel jewelry. The Kit comes with 3 tubes of Gel-A-Peel, 5 nozzles to shape the Gel, a set or earing clasps, 2 pots of Fuzzy coating (flock), a small paint brush, some stencil templates and a special mat and a cleaning tool.
Imogen simply removed the cap form the tube, removed the inner bung and then twisted on a nozzle. We chose a choker style design and overlayed with the transparent crafting mat. The matt is designed to allow the Gel-A-Peel to be peeled off easily, but also to be able to follow the designs underneath.
Just like any crafting product, it becomes easier with practice and our first trial is in the video at the bottom of the post.
By squeezing the tube and applying a constant pressure the gell flows out like thick icing. It is a little tricky to get the flow to be even. However, with a little practice, it is possible to “become one” with the product.
The Pink stripe was a getting to know the product run, the blue necklace design is with a little more control.
Within about 10 minutes, the gell starts to firm up and allows for layering up on designs. However, if you catch it when it is still wet you can apply the fuzzy coating.
Applying the Fuzzy coating feels a little awkward at first and we felt like we were going to run out of the small pot. You can pinch an amount out of the pot and sprinkle on top of the design, brushing away the excess with the paint brush. Or lifting the matt up and tapping it on the table also helps remove the spare flock. We kept applying the Fuzzy flock until the bracelet was coated. I’ll admit that we were questioning if the effect would work while applying it.
We had nothing to worry about as it turned out fine. After leaving the bracelets overnight to fully dry we peeled them off the matt. At this point, more fuzzy fell off and left a velvety pink fuzzy finish.
Gel-A-Peel Fuzzy Kit Overall
The product is a fun crafting item. Our kids loved it and had wanted them for a while. The gel reminds me a little of silicone, but without the smell. While it is wet it does have a habit of getting transferred to other surfaces, fingers and then onto the tubes. When it is dry it is easy to clean up, similar to dry PVA glue in that respect.
Although the hardened item has a rubbery jelly feel to it it is not stretchy. Imogen’s bracelet fell foul of the stretch test. As soon as she’d peeled it off she decided to stretch it to find that it snaps relatively easily with a small stretch.
The gel-a-peel fuzzy kit is available from Amazon from £14.99, but other Gel-A-Peel kits are available at Smyths toys too (we couldn’t see the fuzzy kit on their website).