Markybox Review + Unboxing | August 2016

markybox review
Markybox is a monthly subscription box that sends art projects intended to connect families with a shared experience. Subscriptions are $30 monthly
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Here’s the Box Breakdown
first look in the markybox
Our first glimpse inside the Markybox and the box is super rad! We’ve also now been clued into this month’s theme “Casting” and we are excited and nervous!
what's in the august markybox
Everything that we received in our August Markybox
We’ve received everything we need to cast our hand!

So what is all this stuff?

Our box insert – details each step of the casting process
These pages detail all of the necessary safety information for each material included
We received two, sixteen ounce bags of Alginate Powder which creates the mold that we cast our hand in. 
In addition we received two, thirty ounces of hydro-stone powder which is what our actual cast will consist of
Bronze paint to create a particularly Rodan-esque model. 
We love that mixing containers were included for both of our materials. We don’t have to worry about using something from home or getting something new – Markybox has us covered
Two respirators were included because breathing in the hydro-stone powder is a BAD idea
These bags serve as liners for our mixing boxes – there were four in total
A stirrer for both the Alginate Powder and the Hydro-stone powder were included
We also received a paint brush, plastic knife, toothpick, and popsicle stick to aid in various stages of the casting process

Okay so now what?

Now we set off to cast our hand. 
Because our children are a bit too young for this we decided to just play it safe and do this outside
We set up our work mat and both of our mixing boxes
Then add in our liners so we are ready to mix
For the Alginate we add 8 cups of water and one bag of powder
It turns kind of gelatinous-y and jelly like. Really a lot of fun to be honest
Our next step is to dunk our hand in, in whatever gesture or motion we are aiming for and allow it to set in the Alginate for 3-5 minutes
“Nothing much just casting our hand out on the patio. What you doing?”
Now we mix our hydro-stone.
With 9 ounces of water mix your hydro-stone and water together
Mix it really well and pour it into your alginate box. Tap it a bit to get our the air bubbles and fill it up to your wrist. 
And for now… that’s it.
You have to let this sit for several hours. Because we have no forethought we of course cast our hand at sundown and were forced to take the rest of our photos at night….
This part was really simple and a lot of fun. Take the bag from the mixing box and take our your mold.
Use your plastic knife and toothpick to remove the rubbery pink mold. 
Finally our fingers are freed! It is very cool to see the results – we were legit impressed with ourselves!
After all the Alginate is removed your just have to paint – we also had to knock a few of the “extra” stone bits off of ours. *pro-tip Make sure the liner is opened entirely… if it isn’t you get little pockets where the hydro-stone can accumulate. But hey, you live you learn!
And Voila!

So in summary

We look for three things in a subscription box; quality, curation, and presentation. The Markybox is an awesome box for families to connect – particularly to kids as they get older. The project that we did was intriguing and is a great way to work as a team with your pre-teen or teenager. The presentation is great, we love the box and everything arrived exactly as it should. The quality is awesome. We ended up with something we will show people for years! The curation is the best though, they’ve put together everything we need for this project and really thought out all of the instructions to make the process as seamless as possible – something us parents can appreciate!

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