Thanks everyone! @AIMR and @Kwality570, the kit was pretty easy. I mean…the teeny tiny beads and the beading thread were a bit fiddly. I couldn’t thread the needle unless I was in natural light and I accidentally flicked a bead or two across the room, but otherwise fairly simple. I would say 3 on the 1-10 scale. It’d probably be a 1 or 2 if my eyesight wasn’t so bad and I didn’t have little sausage fingers.
I just ordered a ton of supplies so I can design a pretty blue beetle brooch.
Whoa. You beetle is really cool! There are so many tiny bits there, each doing a job to make this piece sing. Or buzz, maybe. About how big is the body? I can’t wait to see more!
I remember getting a good Ott light and how much it made crafting better! And then a couple years later a magnifying Ott light. The difference it made was more than enough to make up for the twinge of oy-I’m-aging!
Also, I can second the recommendation of an Ott-Light. They are fantastic. I have one that clamps onto a table, that I move around between my cutting table and sewing table, and I have one that’s a floor lamp that I keep beside the sofa for crocheting at night. It’s good because it focuses down on my work, but doesn’t light up the whole room, so it doesn’t bother other people watching tv. Both have bright daylight bulbs that I love working with.
I can also recommend an OttLite. I have one that can either be used with a base or a tabletop clamp and I also have a cheater desk lamp. I call it a cheater because I bought a cheap desk lamp and use it with a nice, bright Ott bulb.