Anti Crayon Art




About: Engineer making renewable energy products for African entrepreneurs.

Intro: Anti Crayon Art

Have some empty shelf space for a bit of art? The kind of art that makes everyone ask about? Here's a simple process, from found materials.

This Project is on eBay!

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Proceeds go to the "Foraging Fund for students that made the 'Anti Crayon' sculpture, listed them on Instructables and sold them on eBay to buy food" or FFSTMACSLISBBB for short.

Step 1: Materials

Scrap of Cardboard
Tin Foil

Step 2: Bake 1

Set oven to 200 degrees and place your box of crayons on a sheet of foil.

Bake for 10-15 minutes

Step 3: Drain

Remove crayons from oven. Drain as much of the wax as you can and then place your box on a new sheet of foil.

Step 4: Repeat

Place back into the oven and repeat. Do this until most of the wax has been removed. You can check by peeking in the box to check how much crayon is actually left.

Once finished, allow to completely cool.

Step 5: Make a Base

Cut some random shape from a bit of cardboard.

Just for fun, I coated it with leftover crayon wax (remelted in oven). Then, I smoothed it out by holding a lighter flame to it until it would flow. Finally allow to cool.

Remove the cool crayons from the box. They should now be a shell of a crayon, held together with residual crayon.

To glue the anti crayons to the base, pour some molten crayon on the base and hold the anti crayons in the puddle. Once cool, add more wax for extra support and while you're add it - attach some other random shiny items. Shiny items are good.

It looks quite at home with alongside the other items on my shelf.

You may ask: "why?" The simple answer - why not? To be honest, I don't know why. These things just happen - and we move on.

Step 6: Buy Me!

This sculpture of randomness is on eBay! Want your very own sculpture as made by a non art major, starving* college student and don't have the time, will or desire to get your hands crayoned? Bid now! Guaranteed Imperfect!

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    33 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I like the look of this. I think I would love to try having them glued standing up then melting them. So as they look like they just randomly decided to kill themselves, and melt into one. I think that would be awesome, and it would create a swirly puddle of awesomeness.
    Also, I would not use an oven, I would use a hair dryer or lighter or something. And a hot glue gun, it also would be more easily controlled.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Holy Crap! Somebody won! I totally wasn't expecting that... I'm somewhat embarrassed that I haven't checked on it :X


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Its... beautiful!

    Whats that light thing next to it that says "instructables"?
    And are those cardboard shelves?

    4 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Whats that light thing next to it that says "instructables"?
    Coming soon.

    And are those cardboard shelves?
    A prototype ;) Think cheap, recyclable and recycled shelving held together by friction and attached to the walls with staples. In short - Coming Soon.

    its a liontrebuchet03

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i like the cardboard shelves. how much weight do you figure they would hold? oh and i couldnt stop laughing at your acronym... "FFSTMACSLISBBB" oh and your mystery prize has me intrigued... i would support you except in a hungy college student as well and have no money... you know you could have eaten the crayons, they are non toxic.

    Wasagiits a lion

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

     I was just going to ask about those cardboard shelves.


    Just kidding...

    thats really cool. i'm just scared of what my mum would do with it if i made it :D haha jk love it