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« on: June 21, 2011 06:04:56 AM »

So, I literally have boxes and boxes of crayons, only yellow, red, and blue (with some green ones floating about).  I have made a huge amount of sculpted crayons using moulds, but the thought of washing them, slicing the paper off, cutting them up, carefully putting the pieces into the moulds, letting them cool, hoping I don't break them when I take them out (having the re-melt them if they do, derp)... really doesn't sound too appealing (especially when I already made one thousand of them!). 

Does anyone have any suggestions/ ideas that I can use them for?  I will probably try to donate some to the YMCA and community centres, but I'm sure that even they don't want this many crayons. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011 06:15:18 AM »

Glue them around an empty toilet paper roll or a jar and use fpr pencils, flowers or whatever.
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011 01:21:56 PM »

I saw a cute wall hanging made of crayons the other day. They took and cut the crayons and cut them into small slices probably less than a 1/4 of and inch. Wrote the child's name out on a piece of paper and then glued the crayons with the rounded side attached to the paper and showing toward the viewer. I was thinking it would look very cute if you had longer crayons with paper still attached to line them up along the edges and use them as a Mat.
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011 11:40:42 AM »

Do you remember those candy buttons that came on strips of paper?
You could fashion a bracelet that looks like that with the wax.
Use bubble wrap as the mold by piercing the back instead of the bubble part and use a tiny dropper to fill the bubble with melted wax (or maybe there's an easier way to do this...)
Then when the wax is dry, remove the wrapping and glue the wax buttons to some white muslin in rows grouped by color.
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011 08:34:07 PM »

In reference to GimmickAndBeasties suggestion, couldn't you just dot the wax directly on the white muslin? Unless it leaked through or something. But I would try a test sample on just muslin first, with something underneath of course.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011 10:08:55 PM »

I like the recycled crayon crayon idea..just melt them in molds in the oven to make other crayons..

or send them to me and I can use them as an art project with my boys Smiley

when it was the end of a school year a few years ago I had a bunch of stumps..I put them on freecycle and they came in herds!! people love crayon stumps!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2011 07:56:18 AM »

I like the idea of using them, in full for some sort of art piece.. I have lots of different moulds to make new crayons with, but was hoping to find something else to make with them (I almost burnt my house down with melting crayons, don't ask me how but I nearly did).  I guess I should have mentioned that are brand new (or almost brand new) crayola crayons, with the paper still on them.  If that changes anything. 

Thanks for all the replies though!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2011 10:25:42 AM »

Cool so the Mat would work.
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2011 07:26:18 AM »


hello; you might like this technique. (pic above for demonstration)
It was somethingng my husband used to do.
  got a thick piece of cardboard
  covered it with melted wax
  covered wax with indian ink or any paint that won't flake
  took a little ticking needle (any needle with  BLUNT END)
   scratched through wax to surface of card
   this pic is black and red but you can do it any colour. He never tried wax crayon but it should work fine. I experimented with this and it and it is very versatile. I wish I had thought of melting down crayons!
  you can't see it in this pic but he end result has a lovely gemstone look. though of course the surface is fragile and can easily be damaged there is no problem if you get it framed, as this one. He loved this technique as he found it much more exciting than painting. I wish we had thought of adding crayon to the melted wax!
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2011 02:54:54 PM »

Melt them down for candles? Maybe add some paraffin?
Something I've never done, but have seen done is suncatchers/window art. Two sheets of wax paper, crayon shavings between them, laid an old towel over it and carefully ironed on low heat, just enough to melt.
Use them to make rubbings?
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