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« on: February 05, 2004 01:53:07 PM »

OK, I know there was a thread a few weeks ago about the crayon shavings heart suncatchers - I mentioned that I was going to do a variation on that. So here it is - Valentine's crayons. I used plastic heart shaped candy molds (from any craft store - I used the little ones). I made crayon shavings of various colors - I didn't really mix them together tho. I filled each heart to overflowing with the shavings - I tried to layer the colors a bit, so they wouldn't mix too much and turn to a muddy brown. I only did about 4-6 at a time - the ones closest to the middle of the sheet of heart molds. (more on that below).

The tricky part is in the microwaving - it has to be done very slowly, and at low power - depending on your microwave 20-40%. I did it at a 2 minute interval at first, then 1 minute after that until the melting really started, then 30 second intervals. If you fill all 12-15 hearts, what will happen is that some will be completely soup and others will not be melted at all - and the ones that are soup will eventually melt/mishap your mold. I think I'm going to try a waterbath tonight - it will be tough because the molds are very shallow.

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My kids have been helping - they are going to be their Valentine's day favors for school - I just have to put a note in with them telling everyone that they are a crayon, not candy!  
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2004 07:31:23 PM »

Would a heat gun be too hot?  Might be a way to direct the heat to each individual heart , not sure if it would melt the mold tho

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2004 07:49:48 AM »

I Love your crayons! they are so fun. (my nephew would love them)
If you look at I think page 5 on this post you will see a lady did this same project but used metal cookie cutters with tin foil in them.  
She put them into the oven at 150 degrees until they were completly melted.
It seems like that worked really well.
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2004 08:10:06 AM »

Thanks sassylassy - my son did them in mini-muffin tins when he was in preschool, and they used the little liners - they made cute crinkled edges. I'm a little concerned about the plastic mold melting - even at a low heat. I'm thinking that maybe I'll try that in the oven but still in some sort of waterbath, to keep the plastic from getting too hot. I've made about 15 so far (plus a few rejects!) - I only need about 75 more ... yikes! Thanks for the suggestion - I'll let you know how I made out.

Update - I did try them in the oven w/a bit of a water bath - it seemed to work good - very low heat - just under 200. For some reason the colors seemed to blend a bit more this way. Only issue is taking it out of the over - I used an old cookie sheet that is not too flat anymore, and I spilled a little as I took it out. Next time - the big 10x15 pyrex dish!
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