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TOY JUNK. Very poor quality.
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2015
I waited a while to post a review on this product because I really wanted to give it a chance. I love crafting things of all types and I love when new 'tools' come out I get to play with. This is a great concept, really...just very poorly constructed. Also - this isn't something a younger kid is likely to get the hang of by themselves. Don't sit this in front of a 7 year old and expect them to be able to make anything without help. But that's not what I'm reviewing. BTW - I'm gentle with my stuff. This item wasn't abused in any way, nor was the package at all damaged from shipping.
My main issue with it - and has been right out of the box - is that it seems to be made almost entirely of plastic. And CHEAP plastic at that. I made several bracelets with it and on about the 5th one I noticed the wheel was harder to turn than it had been. It's an enclosed device. You're not supposed to oil anything or take it apart, so I kept going, just more slowly. At about the tenth bracelet I heard a lovely snap inside and knew something had broken. I set it aside and took it apart a few weeks later. Being mildly mechanically inclined, I was able to glue the inside plastic back together and reinforce it with a resin I was pretty darn sure was stronger than the plastic itself, and get it working again. I still really wanted this thing to work!! And it did. For approximately 12 more bracelets. (Not all made at one time, either.)
After those new bracelets I heard a very annoying grating sound. Their bearing holder (or whatever you want to call it) had broken - on the opposite side this time. The handle locked completely up. I was so darn determined I was going to make this work that I fixed that side, as well. The bracelets are FUN to make. (When this stupid thing works!)
Needless to say, it broke a third time after just a few more bracelets. I don't even know where the problem is. I did take it apart a third time and both of my rigged sides have held. Yay to my awesome fixing skills, LOL! However, the shaft didn't turn, nor did the handle. I'm patient when I really want to be. But not this patient. Before I pitched it I even noticed the plastic hook on the end was cracked!!! OMG! What else could have gone wrong with this thing?! It's now in the trash - and I consider that a huge waste. Considering they likely outsource the making of this to China or similar, they don't need to be charging so much for this. It belongs in the $10-$15 range so buyers don't ever expect it to last. For what they charged they could have found a US manufacturer and used QUALITY materials. I'm so disappointed in it....truly the concept was very innovative. :( It's my sincere hope they switch manufacturers, or charge much less. Or both. For those that are crafty - you can make your own version of this for half the price this was, and SOLID construction that will last darn near a lifetime, if you don't mind the look of wood, metal, and a few gears. ;)