For months, I’ve been waiting for the perfect craft kit to become available on the popular website Darby Smart. Darby Smart is a website that sells complete craft kits for a variety of projects including, metal stamping, home decor, jewelry making, and the like.
Around Labor Day, a metal stamping kit that included delicate tea spoons became available and I jumped at the chance to finally order a kit and see what Darby Smart was all about. Unfortunately, my experience was not the best.
I ordered my kit on August 28, with free two-day shipping, and did not receive it until September 6, after having to email the company in order to find out where my kit was since the tracking information never changed.
Once I received my kit, I dug into it and made sure all the pieces and parts were there, which they were. The kit included: 4 tea spoons, a hammer, alphabet metal stamps, metal block, and a postcard with a secret password in order to login and get my DIY instructions. It also had a few extra items I’d ordered so that I could continue my metal stamping after I finished with this project. The presentation in the box was cute, crinkle cut paper strips surrounded all the pieces and the box was a lovely shade of teal.
I printed off the instructions and when to start stamping only to have my hands turn orange! The metal stamps are covered in a protective oil/coating to most likely ward off rusting, but this was not mentioned anywhere in the kit or on the website. So buyer beware, don’t wear clothes you like when you try to do this and don’t expect to keep your hands clean.
After making a few adjustments, I could not successfully stamp using the hammer and metal block they provided so I switch to a mallet and using my garage floor, I was able to stamp the spoons. The two stamped spoons that turned out the best looks really nice and I know they’ll be great for the wedding present I’m using them in.
I personally would not recommend Darby Smart for this type of project, but I have heard from others that they really enjoyed the kits they bought and they had really good turn around time between ordering and receiving their craft. I wouldn’t rule out Darby Smart for other kinds of kits, but for something as involved as metal stamping, the kit needs to work and better instructions need to be provided.
If you’re interested in metal stamping, I would suggest buying the stamps from Hobby Lobby. I bought a punctuation set and they work better than the ones I received in the kit. They also are not covered in oil, but are a little smaller.
This is only my opinion and experience, I would definitely encourage you to check out Darby Smart if you want to get all your craft needs in one package. They have a good selection of kits and projects for all areas of life.