For the Makers DIY Subscription Box Review – August 2014
For the Makers is a monthly DIY subscription box centered around jewelry. (There’s usually at least one non-jewelry project too).
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: For The Makers
The Cost: $29 a month
The Products: The materials and instructions needed to make 4 projects every month.
Ships to: US
Here are the crafts included for this month’s projects: a marbled notebook, marbled pencils, aurelian locket, and dalton pennant.
Here are the finished products! Unfortunately, I couldn’t complete the Dalton Pennant because there were issues with my printer, and the instructions require you to print out templates and such. All of these items incorporated marbling – you marbled a bunch of papers and the notebook, and then use the paper to cover a locket and pencils. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the marbling – especially because mine don’t quite look like the tutorial intended – but I really do love the end result (especially with that locket! Love!).
The Verdict: For the Makers’ tagline is “You make it, we make it easier.” This was definitely not the case this month. The marbling process was very involved, messy, specific, and required a lot of time for drying and a lot of space to work with (extra space is something that is quite scarce in our little apartment). Looking at the finished products, I love the way everything turned out but I kind of hated the process. Anything that involves two 6-hour (or overnight) drying times and creating/boiling down multiple mixtures to precise viscosities does not really get me excited. It was an interesting process and it was challenging and new to me, but the tutorial even specifically said you can purchase pre-prepared liquid cornstarch instead of mixing and boiling it down yourself. One way I feel that they could have made this craft better was actually including a bottle of the pre-mixed liquid cornstarch – the craft still required many steps and lots of involvement without having to get my stove and some extra pots/bowls involved (you still have to mix the paints, drip and swirl the paints to start and between every paper you marble, etc.).
That being said, after the actual marbling was done, all of the projects were quite manageable to finish up and very pretty. Now that it’s over, I like it, but this would probably have been a project that I would normally have let sit and never actually completed had I not been reviewing it.
What do you think of this month’s projects? Have you ever done marbling before?