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« on: October 11, 2004 10:25:53 AM »

i work at a restaurant and it was killing me that we were throwing away so many perfectly good crayons.  so i decided to recycle them and make me a little money too.
materials:
a big mess of crayons
soda cans
candle wicking
saucepan
glue gun
candle molds (i used dixie cups and pringle packs.  be creative.)
paraffin or emergency candles.
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modeling clay
oven mitts

instructions:
peel the crayons by running a blade down the side and sliding the wrapper off.  this is much faster than trying to peel with your fingers.  believe me.

bust the crayons into several pieces.  cut the tops off of the soda cans.  sort these pieces into color groupings in the cans.

add two emergency candles with the wicks removed or two blocks of paraffin to each can.

prepare your candle molds with wicks.  if you are using improvised molds, hot glue the wick to the inside bottom of the mold.  punch a small hole in the bottom of a plastic mold and cover it with modeling clay.

fill the molds with multi-colored crayon chunks.

fill the saucepan halfway with water and bring it to a simmer.  set the cans into the water gently and allow to melt, stirring gently occasionally.

when the wax has melted, pour over the crayon chunks and allow to cool.

peel away the dixie cup, or remove the modeling clay from the plastic mold and blow into the puncture.  this should cause the mold to release easily.

reinforce the wick on the bottom with more hot glue.

fini!
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2004 10:48:28 AM »

thats friggin awesome! can you post a pic of the finished product?
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2004 11:05:41 AM »

They look soo cute ^_^
And it's great that you recycled unwanted crayons.
Since the wax is green when it's melted it looks like crayons in pea soup. It's the kinda green that my grandmother kitchen used to be. ^_^
I agree, please post and image of the pretty candles.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2004 11:20:29 AM »

my finished product pic was eated by my cf card.  i'll take a new one tomorrow.
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2004 06:21:28 PM »

woot woot!
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2004 06:34:43 PM »

those are so cool! what a great idea, i love them Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2004 11:00:42 PM »

They're really neat, but do they smell like crayons when you burn them?
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2004 08:27:21 AM »

the scent is neutral, but if you're really opposed to a little crayon smell you can always add scent oil to the melted wax.  i made a few green apple candles like that.  very pleasant.
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2004 02:11:15 PM »

that's really cool. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2004 02:36:26 PM »

Do you work at Macaroni grill? they waste SO many crayons there, every time I new customer comes, they get new crayons.

Awesome candles by the way.
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