Step 3: Water Bath

Place the aluminum cans full of crayons into an old pan that has about an inch of water in it. If the cans do not have very much in them, they will float. This is a bit of a pain but the crayons inside will still melt.

The wax will get very hot, you never heat wax directly on the stove.
<p>I bought silicon ice cube trays in various shapes to make these. I can't seem to get the molds clean now. I've tried &quot;warming&quot; them in the oven face down on paper towels, Boiling in soapy water and spraying &quot;goo gone&quot; on them. Nothing is dissolving the crayons. I won't be using these for food, but want them clean for next time. Any other suggestions?</p>
Well from what I have read washing them out with hot water and baking soda gets it out, but don't use your food pans for this project that's all I can say
This is a very cute idea, thank you for posting. If one had small kids (mine are "too big"), these new crayon shapes would be great as goodies in a birthday treat bag.
<p>hey hey hey, nobody is to big for cute crayons! my daughter is 10 and loves these kinds of things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!0_0</p>
<p>But isn't it too hard to use these? The shape will end up messing up the user's hands.</p>
your right very messy but the crayons was easy to clean
Hey you can make multi color crayons like blurple (bluepurple)
<p>And Porange! (Pink+Orange)</p>
I think this is a great idea and would make an adorable gift. I've linked to you in my post on the 101 coolest reusable craft ideas. Nice work! <br><br>Post is here, if you want to read: http://liverichandfree.blogspot.com/2011/10/101-coolest-reuseable-craft-projects.html
I split the wrappers with a razor or Exacto knife. You can also use muffin tins and avoid the mess entirely by putting the broken crayons in the muffin cups in a warm oven preheated to 350 for about 15 minutes, then turn it off. Pouring hot wax is dangerous. The larger cupcakes are great for making rubbings of grave stones, etc.
I'd be careful using crayons for grave rubbings - many older stones are too fragile for that. Chalk is usually what is recommended. If you want it to be a permanent rubbing, there are spray fixatives on the market so the chalk doesn't smudge.
Some older grave markers have been loved/rubbed to death. If you did not pay for the grave marker or are not willing to pay to replace it, you shouldn't be doing anything to it other than photograph it.
When making candles, I also noticed the crayons from China did not melt. I wonder why. Maybe they are not paraffin but a different type of wax with a higher melting point.<br><br>
love this! Thanks for sharing.
Good one..
We use silicone ice trays to make crayons in the oven. You can also use mini-muffin pans, but then you don't get heart shapes. I LOVE this project.
Crayola puts out this little light-bulb powered device that does essentially the same thing. But I like your's better as you can mold into different shapes.
Great idea,thx4sharing.
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i love this idea this what im giving my 4 yr old sis but i was just wondering did u put the cans in hot water or does it matter
AHHHH! It hurts when the wax falls on your foot T_T. I don't have any candy Molds AT ALL, so I tried Micheals and found some. Expensive, but worth it^^.
i love this to death! I'm gunna make some for my newborn neice!
I have a crayon recycler the one with the metal tray and the light bulb and u pour it into the mold to make new crayons
mine didnt work :(
Haha, I remember those! They even had ones that made little wax figurines! <sup></sup> Never had one myself, but always thought about making one! =D<br/>
this is great! thanks for the great idea :)
you can use a standard can opener to get the top off a can and it leaves the lip on the can so it isnt sharp
love this! i'm making some right now. but before i ruin a perfectly good candy mould...how would i wash the crayon wax out of the moulds so they are good for candy once again?
I have never reused them for candy but the crayon pops right out and mine have no residue in them.
can i still make candy in the molds after making these (and washing them out, of course!)?
I don't really know, crayons are non toxic but I have never used my molds for anything other than crayons.
thanks for the reply... i'm just worried about any waxy residue!...
well, consider that a good majority of candies(i know of some chocolate dip recipes for pastries and such) are containing a fairly large percentage of wax.
Do you think that wax is something not natural? Crayons could have paraffin.
entirely not what i was getting at, but no. crayons are not made with paraffin wax. wax is in itself, digestible, but just because we have the ability to eat something does not mean we should. leaves for example :) the one reason i do not like chocolate is because of its waxy-ness. except +60% dark. no amount of wax could ruin that :)
Same here, I love dark chocolates.
Most chocolate actually has wax in it anyways... Keeps it from melting as fast when it gets warm. American Chocolate probably has the most.
Also no matter how much you clean, it is likely that some residue is left. It won't be very nice to even try that.
Crayons are non toxic and it would give your chocolate a shine
only American crayons are guaranteed non toxic. don't trust crayons made in China they have been know to put lead in the ink that is on the papers and if you are melting the crayon with the label on then the lead will leach.
Crayola and Roseart are safe this is why they are the brands preferred by most schools
sorry i meant crayola
This is a great project, I have done it in the past with my after school program. I just want to note that not all crayons are made of wax, some are plastic, which could be why you had some that didn't melt. Good instructions!
You can make out whether they are plastic by scraping them and colouring with them. Also they are oil pastels which are also similar. They would cumbust and expand.
Ok i'd just like to make it clear that, I'm 13 (14 in a month or so) and i'm LOVING this idea, I'm waiting for my tank/rocket/aeroplane/spaceship/ships (withguns and stuff) to set. THANKY YOU!
Well I'm 17 and I love this idea. But you might not want to leave the crayon wrapper in the can.
Cheers, i didn't think it was from the start, so i didn't. My old ones didn't have em on to start with!
I'ma draw with a reused crayon!
Why would you not take the wrappers off before melting them? I'm confused. But great idea! I might give it a go sometime.

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