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« on: January 22, 2009 08:45:49 PM »

I work in the Dry store of the local Sawmill, where we daily use a lot of crayons. The problem is that we can only use them to a certain bit before they become too small to handle.
After work decided to stop buying crayons for a week (one of the crews have been throwing them at each other  Roll Eyes ) and made us use the shorts I hatched apon a cunning plan - melt the shorts down and make new crayons


so this is the brand we use (fluro is what the computer reads - we mark the wood, the opti-kap cuts the wood, sometimes even cuts on the lines like its ment to  Grin )


stupid stubby crayons


good(ish) long crayons.

I used tin foil and made mountains and gullys in a pyrex dish. Not quite perfect but close enough for the first go.
Can anyone help with ideas to make the shape more consistant and the project faster?

oh, and when I took them to work my work mates laughed at me then demanded to have one  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009 08:56:54 PM »

do you have a picture of the original crayons with anything for scale?

once i know the size you would like i may be able to think of something.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009 09:06:48 PM »

How about getting a short length of narrow-gauge PVC piping and making a mould out of that? Or those ice cube trays that make long, skinny ice sticks that fit into plastic soft drink bottles:

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/60146194

I know Kiwi Land don't have Ikea, but you might have luck looking in KMart, Farmers or similar stores. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2009 09:21:52 PM »

the warehouse might have something  you could use.
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2009 09:56:43 PM »

they are about the size of a mans thumb.

Im worried about putting anything plastic in the oven...
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2009 11:06:17 PM »

Melt the crayons down into a liquid and then pour into a mold, you don't have to put the plastic mold in the oven?
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2009 04:02:27 AM »

hmm, that could work. Will hace to search for plastic molds  Cheesy cant see work buying me one
Urgh, who would have thought Id take my job home with me  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2009 06:27:43 AM »

Look for the icecube trays that are used to make long icecubes for water bottles.  they are often made out of silicone so the cubes are easy to get out.  otherwise i would grease them with vasaline first.

I know ikea here in north america carries them but I'm sure the warhouse must have these as well.
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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2009 09:51:48 AM »

i saw a candle tutorial on martha one time that used a plastic container filled with sand. they used different shaped bottles and pressed them into the sand to make the molds. there was something about the temperature and the amount of sand that ends up stuck to the candle. i can't remember what it was. anyway, maybe you could try that and use different sized tubes for the molds.
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2009 10:18:02 AM »

i'm gonna go with everyone else and suggest a long ice cube tray. i've got one from Tesco but i'm not sure if you have those in the US. really cheap and theyre easy to get the ice out cause they're flexible.
i quite like the stubby crayons tho, they look very cute!
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