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Will this work? I know crayons can be melted down and reformed into new and different crayons...would it work to melt them down and turn them into candles? If not, why? And if so, I'd love some tips. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I've only made candles at group activities at scouts and camps and things...that's not the same as taking on a project myself, you know? lol<br><br>
I was thinking that big tub of old crayons could by made into some cute xmas gifts this year, maybe add a few drops of essential oils to the mix or something, you know? I'd rather get some experienced opinions before I go planning on anything though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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we have a TON of broken crayons that we were going to turn into crayon "muffins" for gifts this year. It would be great if we could make them into candles. Would certainly expand the market of who we could give them to.
 

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my personal experience with crayons is that they smoke too much to be used exclusively for candles.<br><br>
i've been successful using them as candle-dye, however...or to make swirls in a candle.<br><br>
never hurts to try it...you might be successful.
 

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i use paraffin, myself, if i'm using crayons. i only use them when doing projects with the kids.<br><br>
when making molded candles, i use paraffin, beeswax, and/or soy wax (not soy by itself...unless i invest in some SERIOUS hardeners.<br><br>
container candles go well with soy...<br><br>
ice candles work well with crayons, can turn out pretty cool looking.
 

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I had been considering ice candles actually. Those are so fun. =D What kind of paraffin to crayon ratio would you suggest to keep them from smoking?
 

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maybe...four candles per pound of wax? five? somewhere right in there...<br><br>
if my children aren't involved, i'd make the same candle with my dye chunks. no worries, there, lol.
 

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so...is that about equal amounts of crayon and paraffin, then? Or more of one?<br><br>
My kids will be involved, but the base idea here is that I'm trying to put all those useless crayon bits to good use. Secondary is not buying anything I don't absolutely have to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: All the kids' friends have plenty of crayons so reforming them into shaped crayons is just passing them off, really...but candles are very popular and just the kind of thing people would go all wild about. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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My mom did this for Christmas presents several times when we were little. I think she used mostly paraffin, and when it was melted, added the crayons for color (but it was many years ago, so I don't know for sure). I do remember that we saved milk cartons from school for ever to make them in and they had these really cool holes in the candles, because we did not get the air out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">so...is that about equal amounts of crayon and paraffin, then? Or more of one?<br><br>
My kids will be involved, but the base idea here is that I'm trying to put all those useless crayon bits to good use. Secondary is not buying anything I don't absolutely have to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: All the kids' friends have plenty of crayons so reforming them into shaped crayons is just passing them off, really...but candles are very popular and just the kind of thing people would go all wild about. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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it's roughly a tenth of crayons, i think. i don't think i actually weighed the crayons, so i can't be exact.
 

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I wasn't looking for exact weight...about a tenth is just my kind of instructions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Thanks. Thanks for all the tips and comments too guys.
 
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