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Anyone know how I could make my own block crayons?

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I imagine you could make them in the same way that people make crayons out of scraps in muffin tins, just find a silicon mold that would make block shapes instead.  Something like a candy mold, perhaps? smile.gif


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We've done it using old Crayola crayons and silicone muffin cups (you can get these cheap at a grocery store or craft store).  The whole process was easy (just Google "Crayon cakes") but I wasn't happy with the quality.  The pigment separated out from the wax so that they don't mark well and are hard to use.  I still have them around IN CASE we ever use them but I now wish I had not wasted my time.  However, maybe I just goofed it up.  You could try making one or two and see.  I think we just put the crayon bits into the molds and put them in our oven at 200 for an hour or so to melt the wax and then let them harden.  What I don't know is how to do this if you don't use pre-existing crayons ...


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We've done it using old Crayola crayons and silicone muffin cups (you can get these cheap at a grocery store or craft store).  The whole process was easy (just Google "Crayon cakes") but I wasn't happy with the quality.  The pigment separated out from the wax so that they don't mark well and are hard to use.  I still have them around IN CASE we ever use them but I now wish I had not wasted my time.


This was my experience with making crayons at home as well - just doesn't seem to work. 

 

But - if you had pure beeswax and knew how and had the pigment it might be different.  Personally, I feel this is one area where you should just spend the $$$$ for the pre-made item that you really want.


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We've done it using old Crayola crayons and silicone muffin cups (you can get these cheap at a grocery store or craft store).  The whole process was easy (just Google "Crayon cakes") but I wasn't happy with the quality.  The pigment separated out from the wax so that they don't mark well and are hard to use. 

There are tricks to getting the crayons to set just right. We had the same issues when we first did it too. Here is a post about those issues. Becky does a great job with hers, and I think heating the oven then turning it off is a big part of it. GOOD LUCK!
 

 


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