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1. Rock Tumbler
2. Crystal Mosaics
3. Crystal Tattoos and Jewelry
4. Chunky Bracelets
5. Power Charms
$9.99
6. Music Box Deco Kit
$9.99
7. Make A Teddy Bear
$11.99
8. Slap Bracelets
$9.99
9. Pretty Petals
$11.99
10. Tattoo Graphix
$11.99
11. Scratch 'N' Draw
$9.99
12. Make A Groovy Doll
13. Hook-A-Rug
$19.99
14. Deluxe Pottery Wheel
15. Knitting Machine
16. Gelly Sand Art

1. Rock Tumbler

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Asin: B00000ISUU
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Natural Science Ind Ltd
Sales Rank: 589
Average Customer Review: 3.32 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

It may be a grind to wait nearly 30 days to create polished rockjewelry with the Rolling Stones Rock Tumbler. But, as the makerswrite, "you are grinding in days what it takes nature thousands of yearsto do in a stream, river, or ocean." So, find a clean, remote area with aproperly wired outlet where the constant tumblingwon't disturb others (and where curious little hands won't wreak havoc), and start rolling. The first step involves assembling and lubricating thetumbler itself. Once the two-cup, plastic barrel rolls easily atop its10-inch-long and 6-inch-high plastic base, it's time to open the smallbag of gritty stones that comes with the kit. Constant maintenance and much patiencewill reward the owner with shiny stones in about one month. A smallsampling of jewelry settings and findings is provided, along with orderforms for gold-tinted accessories. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up on the Tumbler!!!!
I bought NSI's Rock Tumbler, for my grandson, the budding geologist. While there are many different tumblers out there with a wide range of prices, I chose to buy NSI's brand because of its high quality and low noise. I'm familiar with NSI as I initially purchased the Rock Tumbler for my own son several years ago. My son used it so much, I was afraid he'd burn the motor out of it, but he never did! I only wish I'd kept it to give to my grandson, otherwise I wouldn't have had to buy a new one! The set includes everything you need to do your first batch of stones: an electrically operated tumbler, barrel, grit and polish, rough semi-precious stones, a jewelry kit, and instructions. Unlike many of todays toys which give children instant gratification, polishing rocks is a good lesson in patience as it takes several weeks to see the result. After using the tumbler himself, my grandson reported that it was his favorite present as he enjoyed the anticipation and suspense building up to opening the tumbler. He never knew what magical surprise awaited him. Even though it's been a few years since I gave my grandson the tumbler, he still collects rocks and transforms them into treasures that he often makes into gifts for others, such as necklaces and key chains. I definitely got my money's worth with this purchase. If you have a rock lover or jewelry maker at your home, you can't go wrong with NSI's Rock Tumbler as a gift!

Middle School Science Class Usede This Tumbler!!!
My 8th Grade Middle School Science Classes used this Rock Tumbler Machine and achieved great success and , I hope, knowledge. For the unit on rocks and minerals we did a science experiment with 1/2 of a rock sample for the Variable in a tumbler and 1/2 for a Control not in the tumbler. Students ran the entire lab for the month. The final results were great both as a science lab and an enjoyable activity. The use of the diatomaceous earth becomes another lesson. I recommend that you keep some of the same types of rock out of the tumbler just to compare after the tumbling is done even if you are not doing it as a lab in a classroom.
There is a lot of noise connected with this piece of equipment. I could leave it in a storage room. Also I recommend that you tape it onto a board or on the table as the vibrations may cause it to move. Make sure that the seal is tight so no water leaks out. This is noticed at the very beginning if it should occur and can be easily fixed.
Some students went ahead and ordered their own Rock Tumbler. I warned the parents about the noise!!!

A Little Patience Never Hurt Anyone!
My 8 yr. old daughter bought this item herself and loves it! She understood from the beginning that it would take a long time since it was doing nature's job of "thousands of years" in just one month. In a world of toys that offer instant gratification for our youth, this one teaches them that nature just doesn't work that way! Yes, it's noisy (we put ours under a styrofoam cooler & put a rock on top & that helped A LOT), yes, it's takes time, and yes, it is a bit messy, but look what you get in the end. Through all three steps, your child (and probably you too) learn the process and see how nature can turn a seemingly ugly rock into a beautiful gem. If you don't like noise, waiting or a little mess, this isn't for you. If you do like cause and effect, you will love this product. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day!!
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Waste of noise
It was really noisy the whole time and the rocks never changed.

It is a very loud toy. It goes for about 30 days non-stop.
just make sure to put in a place that the sound can't bug you ... Read more


2. Crystal Mosaics

Asin: B00000ISFS
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Natural Science Ind Ltd
Sales Rank: 7792
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Create your own sun-catching works of art for gifts or for yourself with this activity kit.The set containsfour different items to decorate with colored translucent mosaic tiles and black outline paint: a 5-by-7-inch plasticframe, a 4-by-3-inch plastic box, and two 3.5-inch glass bottles.A squeezable paint bottle of nontoxic blackdimensional paint, nontoxic glue, a paintbrush, paper patterns, and a bag of colored mosaic shapes are included. Adultsupervision is useful in reducing the frustration level in handling small pieces, and necessary for opening the containersand reading the directions. Refills are available from the manufacturer. --S. J. Kurtz ... Read more

Reviews (8)

Cute activity, Cheap quality
This is a fun activity to do with a child, but honestly, it is cheap quality and not that asthetically pleasing. It is a great fine motor promoting activity - i actually bought it for my 12 yr old and realized that that it really was more appropriate for my 3 yr old. Rachael loves her "pretty things" and it is fun. Glue sticks well too.

fairly good.
the glass bottles hold up really well, and the glue works well also. the suncatcher is not vey durable at all, and the box is somewhere in the middle. it was a fun hour or so i spent with this kit, and i still have one of the bottles. i wouldn't recommend this to neat freaks (the little pieces go EVERYWHERE) but for anyone else it's pretty fun.

Makes a great gift
I had this sent to my granddaughter for her 11th birthday. She lives in another state so I haven't seen the crystal mosaics personally but Taylor tells me she LOVES it!

Great Value and Fun to Make
My seven year-old niece and eight year-old nephew decorated all of items in this kit today. They had fun planning their designs and decorating the vases and box. The quality of all of the included items is very good and there are more than enough plastic mosaic pieces to decorate everything. I just recommend having a bottle of Elmer's glue handy - we found that easier to use than the glue tub and paint brush included in the kit. This kit is a great value and the end products are really very nice!

Good project
My daughter loved this. She is really in to doing crafts and she made beautiful designs with this. ... Read more


3. Crystal Tattoos and Jewelry

Asin: B00005QDPN
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Natural Science Ind Ltd
Sales Rank: 5892
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

We were so disappointed in this item.
The crystal tattoos are very difficult to apply. The adhesive tape is so strong and the crystals so small that we couldn't get the crystals to stick to my child's skin while pulling off the tape. I had to use a butter knife to gently hold each crystal down as I pulled the tape away. Even after that, the crystals were so small that the adhesive on them wasn't very strong and they fell off her skin rather quickly.

The jewelry part of this kit is probably better for children toward the upper range of the intended age target, provided they are very patient. The product says ages 6 to 12 but both my nearly 6 yr. old and 11 yr. old daughters had a great deal of trouble threading the beads onto the gold thread. The thread is stretchy material with a shiny fine gold thread wrapped around it. The gold part kept separating from the stretchy part making it really difficult to pull through the hole in the bead. I had trouble too until I realized I had to snip the very edge of the thread after each bead. Just working it through one hole caused it to fray. I thought about adding a drop of glue to hold the threads together but I was worried about getting it threaded to the clasp. The holes on the plastic clasps were smaller than the holes in the beads.

Too much fun but what about the beads!
This is great but some of the beads were broken and they don't come in many colours.

However the tattoos are brilliant and this was the first time I had chrystal tattoos! They work fine

The storge tray is really glam and great!

But I warn you threr might be some broken beads.

But other than that cool and wow! ... Read more


4. Chunky Bracelets

Asin: B0000959JL
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Natural Science Ind Ltd
Sales Rank: 13581
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5. Power Charms

Asin: B000246LZ2
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
Sales Rank: 14173
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6. Music Box Deco Kit

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Asin: B00023HV98
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
Sales Rank: 4991
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7. Make A Teddy Bear

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Asin: B000246LXY
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
Sales Rank: 2822
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8. Slap Bracelets

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Asin: B00005JSBH
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Natural Science Ind Ltd
Sales Rank: 4326
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

worthless toy
I bought this for my 8 year old daughter to use at her slumber party. What a waste. I had to do most of the assembly, and even then they did not turn out. The material was very poor quality and did not even cover the braclets. The glue was useless and would not stick. This was a huge disappointment to all of us.

The kids like them...
My kids (6 & 4) were too young really to do this all on their own. So I did much of the assembly. I used a hot glue gun though as some of the fabric did not work well with the white glue. The girls liked being able to design their own item; picking the fabric and embellishments...there't not much for embesllishments though. 100 rhinestones(pink and clear), 4 small flowers, 2 large flowers, 1 or 2 pom poms plus 6 different fabrics. I had trouble working with the gems though, they were so small...so I laid them out on the table in the arrangement I wanted (we made letters for a name), then I laid a piece of clear packing tape on top of all the gems so they would all stick without moving, then I flipped the whole thing over and applied the glue, then flipped it over again and applied it to the fabric. Once the hot glue dried, I carefully peeled the tape off. This worked great.

The girls like the slap action and one has been wearing it on her ankle. I don't know how long they'll last as we just made them today. ... Read more


9. Pretty Petals

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Asin: B000246LY8
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
Sales Rank: 7014
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10. Tattoo Graphix

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Asin: B0000959JG
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Natural Science Ind Ltd
Sales Rank: 13592
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

Complete waste of money
I was very dissatisfied with this product. The manufacturer's description and pictures on the box are totally misleading. It is simply trace paper and markers. Once the trace paper is wet, it leaves nothing resembling a tattoo--just a blob of marker on the skin. I would have been better off to buy a stack of peel-off tattoos from the vending machine at Wal-Mart!

Toy does not work
I purchased this toy at Christmas for my 10 year old daughter and my 10 year old niece. They were very excited to receive it. But they were very disappointed while using it. Each tatoo only looked like a big blob of color. Even when receiving help from adults, the tatoo images still looked like big blobs. I am not sure how much has to do with skin pigmentation as we are African American. However, if that is a condition for how well the toy works, then that should be stated on the packaging. Use of this toy was very disappointing for my daughter, niece and other little cousins waiting in line for Christmas day tatoos! Furthermore, I see this company has a Crystal Art tatoo kit but I am reluctant to purchase that one for fear of similar results.

Cheap...Cheap...Cheap!
*Don't waste money on this toy* The whole set consists of tissue paper and four markers. My kids were really disappointed and found it impossible to get the "tattoo's" to stick to their skin. After all...tissue paper does fall apart when it gets wet!! My 18 year old, who helped out, got so frustrated she told the kids it was okay to just draw the tattoos on their skin with the markers! ... Read more


11. Scratch 'N' Draw

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Asin: B0000959JJ
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Natural Science Ind Ltd
Sales Rank: 11730
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

Scratch this one off your list!
Frustrating and disappointing. Coating is difficult to scratch off without tearing paper. Plastic parts are flimsy. Read several on-line consumer reviews if you are considering purchasing this item. ... Read more


12. Make A Groovy Doll

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Asin: B00020QJ8K
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
Sales Rank: 4859
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13. Hook-A-Rug

Asin: B00012TL02
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Natural Science Ind Ltd
Sales Rank: 11310
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14. Deluxe Pottery Wheel

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Asin: B00023HVB6
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
Sales Rank: 751
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15. Knitting Machine

Asin: B00023HVA2
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
Sales Rank: 5402
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16. Gelly Sand Art

Asin: B00005J369
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Natural Science Ind Ltd
Sales Rank: 19801
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