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« on: October 28, 2009 10:27:14 AM »

Yesterday I finally sat down and did something I've been wanting to try for awhile- recycling crayons. I managed to scrounge a decent haul of broken bits from the boys I babysit, and their mom donated a junked out muffin tin. DH has been sick with a sinus/ear infection for the past two days (I know none of you have to baby your men when they get sick  Cheesy) so I've had a fair bit of free time, what with him napping all the time.
I followed the directions from a fellow craftster's previous post (don't know where the link was, but it was so helpful), and put the muffin tin (regular sized) in the oven at 170 F (they had said 150, but my oven wouldn't go any lower) for 20 minutes. I ended up cranking it up to 225F and waiting another 5-7 minutes after that. I think 200 F for 25 minutes would have been perfect. (For me, anyway) They turned out really nicely, though, so I don't think it made much of a difference. I'm going to take these over to the kids this afternoon, and if they're a hit, probably make a couple more batches. Let me know what you think, or any suggestions!









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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2009 10:50:20 AM »

Very nice variety. The blue one is pretty. I made a batch last year and my son still uses his. I have a mini silicon muffin tray that I keep on top the fridge and when I find broken crayons I put them in there til it is ready. I also melted mine on the wood-stove  Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2009 10:56:00 AM »

That's great that your son still uses his! I mixed a couple white pieces in with the blue to see if it would mix well. I think it looks pretty cool. The yellow one looks more dingy than the rest, because I mixed in a couple gold pieces, and they don't show too well. Lesson for next time.
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2009 11:05:57 AM »

awesome!  I plan on doing this when I find some small muffin tins.  Yours turned out wonderfully!
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2009 05:36:13 PM »

They look great.  Question:  Does anybody know if you can do this in the paper cup thingies for cupcakes?  I'd like to be able to do these, but I like the wavy look of the cupcake papers.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2009 06:23:48 AM »

I don't know if you could do it in paper cups or not, but I bought some "re-usable" aluminum ones at the dollar store; I just haven't used them yet. I'm pretty sure that they would work, though, and they've got some wave going on.
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2009 08:43:57 AM »

Thanks.  Maybe I'll try that.  I think I'll also try the paper ones and see how it turns out.  I'll let you know if it works.
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2009 11:58:08 AM »

I also had a blues clues candy tray that I melted in too, I set it on top of the silicon tray. It lasted about 2 meltings before it lost it's shape (plastic and heat, it was bound to happen) I don't know about the paper either, maybe there is enough wax to keep it from sticking?? I should of melted first than poured in.
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2009 02:10:53 PM »

I should try this. I have little ones here at home that deliberately break crayons. Let 'em try to break those!
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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2009 11:45:07 AM »

great idea! I remember when I little my mom would have me keep the shavings of my crayons from when I sharpened them to melt them together.. I don't know that we ever got around to it though, lol.
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