For anyone looking for a nice way into making, soap is a terrific material to work with. The possibilities of customisation are endless. Using color, scents, flowers, gems and herbs, each design can be unique. Cold-press and hot-press soap making are both ideal for Mayku FormBox molds.
Quick turnaround - Setting in just a couple of hours. Works beautifully with molds made with the Mayku FormBox. Creates a beautiful, smooth surface. Cheap to purchase soap mixture, or melt down the ones you have and create your own!
Produce a professional finish every time.
Wax is a great, easy material for creating custom shapes. It’s readily available to purchase at any hobby store or supermarket outlet, and it’s cheap - which is great if you’re looking to make a little money!
Easily create custom shaped candles with objects lying around. Use a standard one-sided mold or create a 2-part mold - like we did with the pumpkin below! Embed a wick and let it set in just a couple of hours. The possibilities of shapes that work with wax are endless. A very low cost and readily accessible material.
For home decorations, plaster can be one of the best materials to work with. It’s great at being able to draw on all the fine details of your mold, so you have a perfect replica of your object.
Quick solution to creating prototypes - plaster sets very quickly. Produces a hard surface. Plaster can pick up some incredible detail in the mold - great for features on faces!Creates a super smooth finish.Easy to customise with paint and colors in the plaster mixture.Great for architects to quickly create scale models from plans.
The Mayku FormBox works best with thermoplastic sheets, in thicknesses ranging from 0.25mm - 1.5mm. These will be available to purchase through our online platform or at your local hobby store. Here are the ones we’ve found to work really well.
- PETg (Commonly found in food-safe molds)
- HIPS (Commonly found in disposable cups)
- ABS (The stuff Lego is made from)
- Polystyrene (Commonly found in product packaging)
- Polyethylene (Commonly found in sheet and foamed sheet)
- Acrylic PMMA (Commonly found in light-up signs)
- Polycarbonate (Commonly found in drinks bottles)
Concrete has recently been a bit of a trend in homewares, and there’s a good reason for it. Being such a versatile material, it can be used for almost anything: from egg cups to bookends, to lampshades. If you're looking to create an undeniably smooth surface and you haven’t worked with concrete before, we suggest you give it a go! A beautiful material that adds texture to any product. Readily available from any local (or large) hobby store. Creates a brutalist aesthetic. Beautifully smooth surface and rich texture. Easy to work with, leaving to cure overnight.
Everything that can be made, can be made with chocolate. Chocolate lamps, chocolate soap, chocolate faces. Chocolate is a great material to work with, providing you don’t get too hungry and end up eating your beautiful creations… Great for presents! Available from your nearest shop. Cheap to buy. The Mayku FormBox molds work with all kinds of chocolate. Easily customisable with any extra flavors and decorations you have to hand.
And it doesn’t stop there!
We’ll be adding to this list in the next coming months, but a few others we’ve been testing are: