Ready to see something cool? I was recently gifted a Mayku FormBox – and I cannot wait to tell you guys all about it! But before I begin, a quick disclaimer. I was gifted a complimentary FormBox to write this post, but all opinions are completely my own. I never work with brands I don’t genuinely like, or with products I would not use myself. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me blogging!
The Mayku FormBox
When I was in school, I took a Graphic Design class for my GCSEs. I loved it. I got to dream up fantastical creations – then bring them to life with computer programmes and fancy equipment. It was one of my favourite classes! (That, and maths… because I’m a geek at heart).
One of my favourite pieces of kit was the vacuum former. I remember spending weeks and weeks carving things out of wood, to eventually use them as a mould for vacuum forming. It blew my mind!
So, when the folks at Mayku messaged me to offer me one of their FormBox machines, all of my Graphic Design passion came flooding back! I’ve been really excited to share this machine with you – seriously, wait until you see what it can do!
What is the Mayku FormBox?
The Mayku FormBox is a desktop vacuum former. It can be used to make a huuuuge array of things (more on that later). But the best bit is that it’s pretty small; approx the size of two shoe boxes stacked on top of each other (see exact specs here). So it’s perfect for hobbyists and crafters.
The FormBox launched as a Kickstarter campaign back in 2016. They completely smashed their target, with over 1,700 people backing the project! The FormBox has since been making major waves in the craft world – with everyone from bloggers to business owners making use of its endless applications.
How does the it work?
In a nutshell, the FormBox melts a piece of plastic, then uses suction to vacuum form it around a mould. The heater unit is integrated into the device, but the vacuum power comes from… you guessed it… your vacuum cleaner! This is what lets the FormBox be so small and compact. It’s pretty clever.
To use it, you simply plug your vacuum cleaner into the back of the FormBox. You then adjust the temperature and time dials on the front, wait for it to warm and soften your plastic, then press it down onto your mould. The whole process takes around 10 minutes.
Remember when I said vacuum forming blew my mind back in Sixth Form? Well, it all happened over again with this machine! It’s seriously cool.
What can you make with the FormBox?
The uses of the FormBox are pretty vast. You can make moulds for concrete, resin, plaster, soap, candles… even chocolates! Plus, it can pick up detail as fine as human hair. Human hair! So it’s possible to create some pretty amazing projects.
As well as making moulds, you can also vacuum form the plastic sheets themselves into the final project. Things like masks, plastic trays and packaging can all be made on the FormBox. I feel a bit overwhelmed with possibilities!
Unboxing the Mayku FormBox…
I was really excited to get my hands on the FormBox earlier this month – and I’ve been dying to share it with you guys ever since!
At first, it took me a little while to get my head around how it all works. It’s a pretty technical piece of kit, so I wanted to make sure I had a good understanding of it before jumping straight in. But to be honest, after practising a few times (and making a few inevitable mistakes…), I quickly got the hang of it!
What’s inside the box?
I made a little unboxing video – tap the arrow on the below Instagram image to see it! Then scroll down to read more detail about what’s inside…
As well as the actual FormBox, you get a pack of plastic sheets and a few moulds to get you going. There’s also a pretty comprehensive booklet which takes you through setup and how to use the kit. (This booklet is so useful).
My first makes with the Mayku FormBox
Right, here’s the fun bit! What have I made with the FormBox?!
True to my craft obsession, the very first thing I made a mould of was… a pair of scissors. Yep! I thought they’d make a cool 3D shape to cast in various materials. The scissor mould came out perfectly – you could see every tiny detail, it was amazing.
Naturally, I then decided to fill the mould with chocolate (Christmas gift, anyone?!). And this was where I learnt my first FormBox lesson… don’t cast things that curve inwards. When I tried to remove the chocolate scissors, they got slightly stuck in the mould. This is because the mould had slightly wrapped underneath the curved handle of the scissors. Consequently, the delicate chocolate scissors didn’t survive the de-moulding… 🙁 I put that one down to experience (and promptly ate the evidence).
However, I was stubborn. I wanted to make some chocolate scissors. So I tried again with a smaller pair, which lay flatter against the FormBox mesh. This worked perfectly! I managed to fill this smaller mould with chocolate and remove it in one piece. Look how cool the chocolate scissors are! I now want to make personalised chocolate shapes for literally everyone I know!
With my first experiment done, I then tried a whole new casting technique… but I’m going to save that for a future DIY post. It’ll be coming in the next week or two, so keep an eye out for it!
I can’t wait to get more immersed into the world of the Mayku FormBox – I think it’s going to help me come up with some even more creative craft projects to share with you guys.
Thanks so much to the team at Mayku for kitting me out with the FormBox. It’s amazing. If you’re interested in vacuum forming at home (it’s perfect for small business owners or serious crafters!), then check out their website.
If you’ve got any questions, drop me a comment in the box below and I’ll do my best to answer!
Happy crafting 🙂 – Mike.