How to Make Your Own Wax Crayons
Crayons From Left Over Candle Wax
If you hate waste and like recycling, this should be of interest, especially if you have young children.
I've created some lenses demonstrating the use of left over candle wax, and came across this by accident, when I was making my own encaustic - wax mixed with powder pigments.
I also tried adding oil paint to hot wax, this too was successful, but it wasn't until the wax had set hard, that I found you could use it for crayons.
After making them and not knowing the outcome, I have done some simple drawings and then coloured them in to prove that they do work and kids can have fun (supervised).
Because the theme is recycling, I have used things that I had around the home, but even if you don't have everything, the tools and materials are of little expense.
Image source - shearart
What You Will Need
Some old bits of candles or a cheap candle that you can crumble.
Artist oil paint small amount for each crayon. You will need the amount that would cover your thumb nail.
Thin plastic tubes - I used Smarties sweat tubes, they can be square, well any shape as long as it is sealed at one end .
Hob or electric hot plate/griddle.
You can also use the double boil method as shown in the picture - bowl of boiling water, place your tin of crumpled wax inside and melt.
Protect the surface you are working on with paper towels or newspaper.
First crumble wax into a muffin tin to the top, this will melt down to about two thirds of the tin.
Heat the wax using your chosen method.
When the wax is melted squeeze out a thumb nail size amount of paint onto the back of a teaspoon and stir in slowly so as not to splash the wax. More paint can be added but not too much.
Stand your plastic containers upright and support then.
Using a pair of grips or pliers grasp the tin and pour into the plastic container.
Wait 15 minutes, reheat what is left in the muffin tin and pour again into the plastic container/crayon mould as the wax would of shrunk.
Leave to harden.
Finally resist the urge to try them on paper yourself they are for the children - remember?
I have included pictures below.
Haven't got them around the house? You can buy here.
Sequencing ImagesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Simple drawing demonstration using home made crayonsClick thumbnail to view full-size
You can pour one colour into the mould and another to make a duel coloured crayon