So this is our third Gel-a-Peel review and Molly and I agree that this latest kit is easily our favourite. We’ve had a lot of fun in the past making Gel-a-Peel creations but the Fashion Maker takes things to a whole new level!
What is this stuff?
Just in case you are new to Gel-a-Peel I’m happy to give you a little primer. The idea behind Gel-a-Peel is pretty simple – you use the tubes of coloured gel to trace (or you can come up with your own) designs let them dry, peel them off and then wear your creations. You can pick up various kits with different stencils and design ideas as well a wide selection of gel colors (including sparkle and neon colours). There are a lot of fun projects you can get and create, from bracelets and earring to cell phone cases and key chains.
Gel-A-Peel Fashion Maker
The Fashion Maker kits comes with:
- Five gel tubes
- 25 design stencils
- 15 design templates
- 2 gel trays
- 6 designer tips
- cleaning tool
It has everything you need to make bracelets, earrings, clutches and even silkscreened designs on fabric. And that was the project Molly was most excited about – putting designs on her clothing. As soon as the box was open she had her stencil picked out and ran up to her room to find a shirt to embellish.
The screen process was actually pretty easy and a lot of fun. Once you pick your stencil find yourself a piece of clothing that is made from a relatively light weight fabric to transfer your design to. Fabrics like heavy denim won’t fit securely in the tray although I think if you really wanted to do a design on your jeans you could make it work without using the tray.
Slide the tray under the fabric. In this case we were using a tank top so we slid it in between the front and back of the shirt.
Then you secure the top of the tray (it has clasps on both sides) to stretch and secure the fabric in place.
Next slide your stencil in and lock down the top of the tray.
And then you just pick your colours and start filling in your stencil.
And now the fun part! Using the squeegee!
You just run the squeegee over the stencil to remove the excess gel. After one pass if you see any holes just add more gel and give it another pass.
Molly also wanted to add some “3D” touches to her shirt so she just free handed some sprinkles around her yummy looking treats. Now you just need to let it dry (preferably over night) and it’s ready to wear.
Molly wanted some earrings to wear with her outfit. Of course my little aspiring rock star had to use the musical note stencils.
And of course no outfit is complete with out a handbag – or in this case a clutch. Putting the cute little clutch together was a longer process. The actual time involved making it was not really that long but you have to do it in steps, letting it dry in between each step. So it did involve a little patience. But it turned out to be pretty cute in the end. I love the quilted effect!
This whole kit was a real hit, and we aren’t finished yet! We have plenty of gel left and tons of stencils we haven’t yet tried. Although we had fun with all of it, the silk screening was definitely the biggest hit with Molly. I think it would be really cool to do some fabric designs that Molly can frame and hang in her room or even give as gifts – her grandmother would love that!
Disclaimer: We received product in order to bring you this review but all opinions are completely our own.