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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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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2009 11:56:18 AM »

What about making molds out of wax covered cardbord (Like milk cartons) just cut them to size, and roll them into tubes and then pour the melted crayons in. We used milk containers to make candles in gradeschool
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2009 01:22:41 PM »

I havent seen the ice cube trays here yet. Ill have another look - I may have just missed them.

The waxed cardboard sounds like a good idea though, its cheap (works not financing this  Roll Eyes even though its for them) and sounds like it could be fast and easy. How do you stop the wax from trickling out the bottom? Im guessing you stand it upright and maybe put foil or something at the bottom?

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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2009 02:27:56 PM »

wrap the bottom with wax paper and and elastic is what i would do to stop wax from dripping out the bottom of the milk/juice container tubes.
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2009 02:30:00 PM »

oh just thought of something else you could do.

you could use old glue stick tubes then the crayons should be able to screw up and use it all the way to the end.
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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2009 05:30:59 PM »

Have you thought about getting a pan, muffin tin or squarish thing as a mold and pouring the hot wax in? You could always just break or cut out peices. I know that we always used muffin tins when we were younger to make new crazy colored crayons. You could also get some pvc piping and pour it in. I would but some sand in a coffee can then place the pipe standing in it then pour.

another cool way to make it and have it three sided is to rig up a disposable baking pan and fold it a bit then pour in the way.... does that make any sense?
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« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2009 05:51:22 PM »

Have you thought about getting a pan, muffin tin or squarish thing as a mold and pouring the hot wax in? You could always just break or cut out peices. I know that we always used muffin tins when we were younger to make new crazy colored crayons. You could also get some pvc piping and pour it in. I would but some sand in a coffee can then place the pipe standing in it then pour.

another cool way to make it and have it three sided is to rig up a disposable baking pan and fold it a bit then pour in the way.... does that make any sense?

the problem with using muffin pans is we need them big enough to use and use fast. I mark 5 6m boards a minute and thats wearing gloves (splinters suck!) so they need to be fairly large and easy to use
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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2009 07:29:04 PM »

I am loving the empty glue stick container idea.  I'm going to try this with some of our crayons.
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« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2009 08:04:11 PM »

let me know if it works, I think I should save my empty containers for all the crayons my daughter breaks.
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« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2009 09:36:57 AM »

We used wet sand as kids to make candles. 

Have a bucket of wet sand, make holes in it with your fingers or a stick, pour the wax in.  When the wax cools, pull out a crayon shaped like your finger!  The wax will have sand stuck in it, but that shouldn't matter if you're just using it to mark on wood.
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« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2009 12:42:53 PM »

have you thought about visiting the local hardware store for pvp pipe from the looks of the crayon it would be 1- 1 1/2 and you can get the caps to close off the ends and it's fairly cheap my store sell's it for .12 per foot (i just called ha ha)and the caps are .06 per pc. 
 the best way i found to get the candle out after is to pop it in the freezer (i almost said microwave, duh.. kids talking to me as I type )for about an hour then it should slide out with a little tapping. 

oops... edited  I didn't see that some one had already mentioned the pvp pipe
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« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2009 10:10:17 AM »

cardboard toilet paper/paper towel rolls would make a good mold if you plugged the bottom. easy removal too. just peel
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« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2009 10:24:09 AM »

try making a crayon out of clay and then make a relief/mold out of plaster! i'm not sure if hardened plaster can go in the oven, but otherwise just grease it up and pour in the melted crayon
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Have you thought about getting a pan, muffin tin or squarish thing as a mold and pouring the hot wax in? You could always just break or cut out peices. I know that we always used muffin tins when we were younger to make new crazy colored crayons. You could also get some pvc piping and pour it in. I would but some sand in a coffee can then place the pipe standing in it then pour.

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the problem with using muffin pans is we need them big enough to use and use fast. I mark 5 6m boards a minute and thats wearing gloves (splinters suck!) so they need to be fairly large and easy to use


I know that they make XXL muffin pans. In the states theyre known as Texas sized (fairly stupid if you ask me). You could pour them into the tin half way then break them in half. i do this with my nieces crayons and when i was younger I would do it with mine. You could also go star shaped muffin or cookie cutters and you'll have several different points
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« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2009 08:46:10 PM »

I had a rather crazy idea pop into my head and thought I would share.  What if you use the popsicle molds that you pour juice in and freeze?  Instead of a stick, just drape string into each mold as you fill it with liquid crayon, then they would be quite easy to get out.  Our Dollar Tree has a bunch of these, and each crayon would end up uniformly large.  Embarrassed  Just a crazy idea, but well... Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2009 06:39:59 AM »

Oh, I like the popsicle mold idea too for large preschool sized crayons.  Those would be big enough to rainbow too!

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« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2009 11:02:48 AM »

The oversized crayons would also be great for making rubbings.  If the crayons managed to get stuck, all you'd have to do is put them in the freezer for a little while and they would pop right out in theory.  I've frozen many candleholders to get the wax out and it really works. Grin
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« Reply #26 on: January 26, 2009 01:13:26 PM »

thanks for the ideas everyone. Im going to give the muffin pan a try today (ran out of the big crayons lol) and see how useable they are.
Day shift busted my team with the crayons and I think they are hoping that there would have been some left over  Tongue nup  Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2009 09:40:44 PM »

I'm not sure this would work. But have you ever seen those older cast iron cornbread pans that look like ears of corn? It could go in the oven that way, you would probably have to spray it with Pam or something first so they would come out nicely.
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use prescription medicine bottles for the molds.
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« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2009 09:36:11 PM »

I saw one of those "how do they make" shows about candy corn. Thing is they just had trays of corn starch they pressed the shape into, then poured in the hot candy. You could fill a 9x13 baking pan with corn starch. Press in some of the original crayons. then pour in the melted ones. You can melt in a large can, sitting in a pan of boiling water.
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« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2009 05:28:01 AM »

woo! work liked my idea so much they are looking into making a mould out of steel! be good, esp with how many crayons we go through!
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those are AWESOME crayons! Shocked
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