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Fun with Beads: Ancient Egypt Paperback – 1 Oct 1996
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Jewellery was an integral part of ancient Egyptian culture, worn for both decorative and symbolic purposes. Nearly everyone wore some kind of jewellery - men, women and children, kings, queens and common people alike. This kit contains the necessary components to make a range of Egyptian jewellery including earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The accompanying book provides step-by-step instructions and clear easy-to-follow diagrams. The beads have been researched to provide the most authentic reproduction of ancient faience and the kit also includes a specially designed jewellery-making tool.
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The book was written for 8-12 yr olds, but did give very a basic history for Egyptian beadwork. If you just want easy beadwork patterns for the pre-teen, this is it.
It was shipped quickly.
That means this would be a lousy gift for your child, and if you are a kid looking at it, be prepared to ask mom or dad for extra money. The beads are unique enough that I have not been able to find a similar replacement elsewhere, including craft stores and bead specialty stores, both online and in person. And I live in the Southwest, where those kinds of beads are somewhat indigenous.
And this is in spite of the fact that it says "...everything else you need to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more..." on the cover. They worded that carefully, because it doesn't say to make the "pictured" necklaces.
So don't buy this book unless you're more interested in the historical aspect, or making some of the smaller projects.
The book (more like a booklet) that goes with it is decent enough, but it was a bit suprising to end up with a black and white book for making a colored bead project. It would have been easier to follow if it had been in color.
The concept and the booklet are good, but the bead issue makes it lose major stars in my opinion.