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« on: December 06, 2011 09:32:19 AM »

Hi all!  Grin
Crayon melting art is super easy and fun.  There are a few things I want to share with you that I’ve learned while doing this.   I put this little tutorial together since some people asked for one when I posted the phoenix. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=396529.0  So how do you turn a crayon into a peacock?





Gather all your supplies before hand.  I used a 24”x36” canvas.  Since I was only using 3 colors of crayons (blues, greens, and purples), I needed 3 boxes.  Goggles are recommended because the wax can spray if left melting in the gun, which is also why you want to cover your workspace with newspapers.  I used a mini, high heat glue gun.  It doesn’t come perfectly clean afterwards, so you may want one dedicated just for crayons.  I got mine for $2.50 at Michaels.



I start out by sketching out an idea on paper and choosing where I want the colors.  Then I lightly sketch an outline on the canvas so I can get my proportions correct the first time.  You can’t get the wax off once its on so the only way to correct is to put a different color wax over it.  Pencil will show through a thin layer of a light colored crayon so sketch softly.

Set your canvas or work surface at around a 45° angle to get the drip affect.  An easel is nice but a can of beans will do the trick too.  Smiley To have more control and make the wax move slower, you can lessen the angle.



On the peacock I added some gem embellishments to the tail to represent the “eyes”.  I hot glued these on first so that there was a flat surface for them to adhere to and so the wax would gather around them and seal them in.



Before you start melting, peel off the paper from all the crayons you want to use.  This takes longer than I thought it would and would put a damper on your creative flow if you had to stop between each one.  You may want to use a utility knife.

Insert the crayons pointed side first.  The trigger may not work all the time because the crayon isn’t an exact fit, so you have to push with your thumb sometimes.  Pushing the pointy end hurts.  Sad



Now the fun part!  Start putting random drips on your canvas.  There are different techniques you can use.  The most common one I used on both the phoenix and the peacock was just simply putting the gun at one point and letting the wax drip down by itself.  You can also “draw” with the gun, which is good if you need to outline, like I did on the body of the peacock.



For tiny places, like the beak and plumage, it may be difficult to control how much wax comes out.  For these spots you can use the crayon to color straight onto the canvas and then use the tip of the gun to melt what you drew.  You can get sharper details with much more control this way.

Fill in as much or as little as you want and you're done!  I'm debating if I want to use acrylics to paint a background on this or leave it blank but the crayon part is finished.

There are some important things to remember.  Your melted crayon art is still basically just crayons.  They have a low melting temperature, so don’t put your art where it will be subject to heat.  I know I’ve had crayon casualties in the car on a summer day.  Also, crayons are breakable and in their melted form are even more fragile.  If your work surface is canvas or something flexible, the wax can crack or fall off when its moved.  You may want to put a sturdy back on it to make it stable.  Also if your painting rubs against something, yup, you just made new crayon art on that too.  Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011 10:02:42 AM »

Wow that is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for putting together such a great tutorial! love the sparkly eye details!
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2011 11:49:33 AM »

Wow, that's really neat. Cheesy Thanks for posting a tutorial.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2011 12:51:02 PM »

Thank you so much for the tute! I cannot wait to try this!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2011 01:59:56 PM »

I never thought of sticking the crayons in the glue gun.  Thanks for the idea!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2011 02:31:33 PM »

Gorgeous!  RaeRaggs, you are amazing!  That peacock is so pretty!
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2011 07:15:26 PM »

This is amazing, thanks for doing the tutorial!
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2011 04:04:51 AM »

This is gorgeous, again - I don't think it needs a background, this lets the peacock speak for itself. What a brilliant idea to use the glue gun to get some accuracy, and thanks for letting us all in on your techniques. Totally inspiring. Now I have to go get canvas and some cheap crayons! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2011 07:09:11 AM »

Thanks everyone.  Your words are an inspiration to me to keep trying new things.
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2011 02:56:10 PM »

I tried it last night, but the crayons don't fit in either of my 2 mini glue guns (they are a tiny bit too big around)   
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« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2011 11:56:53 PM »

I tried it last night, but the crayons don't fit in either of my 2 mini glue guns (they are a tiny bit too big around)   

My small glue gun didn't fit the crayons either so I cut them down on the sides - took way more time than wanted - you are better off buying a bigger glue gun.  Its worth the price of a couponed on from Micheals or such.
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« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2011 07:50:32 AM »

cool! you just put crayons in hot glue gun!?!?!
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« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2011 11:38:57 AM »

What a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing! (Love your peacock, too)
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« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2011 07:36:10 PM »

This is the best melted crayon art I have seen yet.  Simply stunning!
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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2012 12:40:51 AM »

I never would have thought of crayons in the hot glue gun... it's so great!
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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2012 04:07:46 AM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2012 07:37:51 PM »

wow crayons with glue gun! Very nice artwork! thanks for sharing Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2012 07:58:16 AM »

I never thought of putting crayons in a glue gun, looks like you have much more control than using a heat gun to melt them, I will have to try this method now, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2012 08:09:36 PM »

I just love this idea! Don't know if I could ever execute it that well but if I ever try i'll be sure to post. Thanks for sharing the tutorial so we can all give it a try.
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« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2012 01:52:01 AM »

That is awesome! Now I know what to do with my extra canvases!
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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2012 07:38:02 AM »

I love it, but i'm sure i'm not allowed to use my moms gluegun for this. I'll keep an eye out for a gluegun of my own.

I think i'll combine this with the pallet headboard idea, i think making crayon art om a pallet canvas will look nice.
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« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2012 07:33:26 PM »

i never thought of using a glue gun, thats really clever!!
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« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2012 01:15:10 PM »

That is brillant. I have seen crayon wax drip art, but nothing like this! You are freakin brillant!
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« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2012 02:12:41 PM »

Thank you  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2012 09:39:21 AM »

i totally love that idea of putting the crayon in the hot glue gun! i had never thought of that before! such a wonderful idea! thank you so much for the inspiration!
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« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2012 01:47:23 PM »

First off this rocks! It's really beautiful and clever!

I tried to do this but it ended with my glue gun sparking and the electricity in my room and kitchen going out. Any idea what I did wrong?
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« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2012 02:26:20 PM »

Yikes! I'm not sure what went wrong.  Sounds like I need to include a disclaimer.  Don't do this at home folks.
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« Reply #27 on: August 09, 2012 01:44:14 AM »

This looks so great! I've been working on a lot of melted crayon art myself and have been wanting to attempt something a bit more advanced. Thanks for posting the tutorial!
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« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2012 11:21:26 PM »

that is beautiful. i never thought of using a glue gun, way more control than a heat gun. thank you for the tute i will definately try this.
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« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2013 11:54:26 AM »

 I would have never thought to use a glue gun, this looks like so much fun, I will need to try it sometime. 
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« Reply #30 on: March 22, 2014 12:04:19 PM »

I saw your project on BuzzFeed and I followed the link. It's a really awesome idea! I tried it, but the crayons wouldn't fit in the glue gun, so I had to force them in. It didn't really work as the crayon broke in the glue gun. Some wax dribbled out I don't know how, and I burned my finger a little bit.  Cry But I really love your work and I think it's a really great idea. If I'm to restart, I might try buying a glue gun at Michaels like you did.
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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2014 01:44:36 PM »

Wow, this is one of the most gorgeous melted crayon art pieces I've seen!  Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2014 08:22:45 AM »

Thank you both!  I'm sorry it didn't work out for you Ponin.  I'm lucky that everything fit the first time I tried, or I probably would have given up on the idea. 
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« Reply #33 on: April 11, 2014 12:00:45 AM »

 Smiley  Just love this idea and have to try this with my 13 year old she will love the effects!  thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #34 on: July 30, 2014 10:11:51 AM »

Absolutly Amazing! Will be trying this! Smiley Smiley
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