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#1 of 15 Old 08-26-2007, 06:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have a whole pile of broken crayons that I was hoping to melt into big crayons in a muffin tin as a project. I wanted to know if anyone knows if crayons will come out of a silicon muffin pan? Or do I need to buy muffin papers? Anyone done this before? Anything I should be warned about before doing it?

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Oh....I just talked to the kids about doing this too. :

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I don't know about silicone but we had a thread about this back in
June. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...hlight=crayons

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Should be no problem! I found this on the FamilyFun website.

http://jas.familyfun.go.com/crafts?p...&craftid=11585

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What a cool idea, we have a bunch of little crayon stubs too!

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I did this not too long ago... my muffin tins are cr*p and worked just fine without paper.

We had fun mixing up the crayon colors we put together....it made sort of a marbled effect as long as you don't let things melt so long that all the colors bleed into one.
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NM, found it. I feel really intelligent right now
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We do this all the time! The kids love them. We like to separate colors and put all the greens into one tin, the blues into another and make crayon cookies. It is a fun rainy day kind of thing. Any muffin tin should work fine. We have used old, rustyish ones just fine without any paper. Have fun.

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the link only goes to the comments on the craft @ family fun, where would I find the actual recipie

There is no real recipe. Take off paper. Dump crayons in muffin tin. Bake for 10 mintues or so at about 250-300F.

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awesome, thanks guys! I wanted to be sure I wasn't going to wreck my muffin thingie.... not that I make muffins super often or anything. I bet my 3 year old will love the new crayons when we get them done!

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please be very careful. I set my kitchen on fire doing this. crayons are apparently pretty flamible and I had the overn up too high . . .then got distracted . . . . put your oven on its lowest setting and do not walk away.

be careful not to have any metalics if you put them in the microwave.

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My DS is almost four, but this tip will come in handy in the future.
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please be very careful. I set my kitchen on fire doing this. crayons are apparently pretty flamible and I had the overn up too high . . .then got distracted . . . . put your oven on its lowest setting and do not walk away.

be careful not to have any metalics if you put them in the microwave.

Holy cow!

I just made them and didn't light my house on fire, but I am not sure that I did them right. When I pulled them from the oven, there was a bunch of clear liquid on the top and all the color was on the bottom. I guess that is a sign of some cheap, cheap crayons, eh?

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I wouldn't do this without muffin papers if you plan on ever using the muffin tins for food again. Maybe it's just because my kids are super sensitive to the effects of food colors, but I wouldn't want to risk accidentally getting crayon bits in my next batch of muffins.

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I've been freaking out at some of the cheapie crayons we've come across lately. Restaurant crayons have all been made in China and feel oily to the touch etc. Makes me wonder what's in them. We've been buying only made in USA crayons because they seem better for some reason.

We'll have to try making these sorts of crayons, it sounds fun!
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