Inspired by this wonderful post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190245.0
I tried my hand at making crayons for nieces' and nephews' Christmas gifts.
(Sorry for the low quality pics. They were taken quickly while my camera was on the verge of dying.)
This is a picture of a dried crayon in the mold we used. I'm not sure I'd ever try any other type of mold. These silicon molds worked even better than I thought they would. Nothing sticked at all!
This is the bottom of that same crayon. We tried making these crayons double layed (two layers of crayons) which I think could make for some really cool coloring effects, but I haven't completely decided if the kids would like them this way. I think little air pockets made the two little "eyes."
The top of crayon 2. I left this one in a little too long and it started boiling. The boiling led to an interesting swirl pattern as well as those little bumps on the top. I will probably put this back in the mold and melt it just enough to make it smooth on this side as well.
Bottom of crayon 2. I think it looks like a little peace sign in the middle.
Yes, they really do "color"!
I really liked how they turned out, but I will probably change some things for next time:
1. I will make sure the don't boil. Interesting effect, but not what I'm looking for on these.
2. I will be aware at how many crayons this sized mold takes. It took a whole box of 24 to make these two crayons (which are "double decker" crayons). I don't think this is a bad deal, since the box was only 20 cents each, but I need to stock up.
3. I probably won't do the marblized color. I like the effect, but it could go either way with the kids. I'm probably going to double up the crayons still, but with the same colors on top of the same colors, so each point is one solid color (a five-color crayon).
For those wondering, I got the silicon molds at the dollar tree. We cooked the crayons at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or so. Sorry I didn't take pics of the whole process.
I'm wondering if the silicon ice molds can be put in the oven because they make some really cute ice molds. I think Hello Kitty crayons could be the cuteness! Also, I thought it would be so cute to get a plastic alphabet set and push in the kids names into the crayons while they're still warm. I think the kids with bros and sisters would really like this.
The idea of these crayons led to the idea of coasters made the same way, but with those fusible plastic beads. I'm looking forward to trying this out.