Pros : The book is good, and the individual components are good individually. However -- the book recommends 1/32" shelf paper, but the kit includes 1/8", which is tricky to wrap and cracks just as the book says. The included medium/large mandrel is supposed to fit 6-8" wrists, but my mandrel has a circumference of 6 1/2" -- too large for me, so I had to buy the small one separately. The tongs needed some tweaking, they had to be re-shaped to the proper angle, and the graphite pads needed tightening (mid-bend, unfortunately). Now that these problems are solved, and I've got all the bits I need, I am confident that I can start making some good bracelets. And it is fun.
Cons : No real cons, just some frustrating delays and extra money outlays.
Other Thoughts : Check all the components before you get started, and measure everything -- you may have to make some adjustments or buy some other parts.
Pros : The kit comes with everything you need as long as you already have a kiln and really good hot gloves. The book is VERY informative.
Cons : The glass pack that comes with it is not marked, so you can't re-order glass that worked well.
Other Thoughts : Make sure you have very good hot gloves. Watch your kiln like a hawk when it gets close to slumping. Only make one at a time- the glass cools too quickly to get both formed without re-heating.