Sunday, June 8, 2008

THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING #21


Aren't these the most amazing things? How careful would you have to be not to break it and have to start over? I think I would have a big box of broken crayons!
These are done by artist Pete Goldlust...and yes, they are just regular crayons.
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What to do with that big box of broken crayons? This is an old kindergarten trick.
Using an old muffin tin, spray with vegetable spray. Then in each indention, fill with broken crayons. You can do all the same color...or mix colors. My favorite way is to mix differing shades of the same color. You can even add glitter to some. Then place in oven at 275 degrees and let them completely melt...7-8 minutes. Watch them carefully! If you mixed colors, you may want to stir with a toothpick for a nice swirled effect...or just leave in color blobs. Remove and they will harden up into a wonderful crayon chunk! Now start coloring your heart out! NOTE!!!! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STAY INSIDE THE LINES !!!

Variation: Use metal cookie cutters which have been placed flat on a foil lined cookie sheet. Fill with crayons, and proceed with directions above.

8 comments:

Lynne said...

They are so pretty! There's no way I could do something like that.

I never knew about melting crayons. Sounds like a fun thing to do. I bet you could get some really pretty color combinations.

LivingTheLife said...

Pretty...but ewww weee...I would never be able to do that...first it takes patience...something I lack when doing projects...I'm an instant "craft" gratification kind of gal...plus, you would have to have pretty nimble fingers...geez...I have trouble threading a needle...can't imagine how tediuous this would be! But...I do love them...

I'll try that melting crayons thing...sounds like a project I could handle!

Blessings...
Teresa

RealEstateGirl said...

what a neat idea! never heard of the melting crayons thing...except when we were kids we would hold them over a candle and let them drip in different designs over aluminum foil. Once it hardened, we would peel the aluminum foil off, and voila! our very own art creation!

I love that picture too! How cool!

Musicaljean said...

I'm trying to catch up on my blog reading. We were camping on this hot weekend, believe it or not.

Your post about the heat pad and iron was hilarious!! Maybe that's what's wrong with the new iron I got recently. It seems to shut itself off while I'm ironing and makes me so mad. Maybe it thinks I've got the temp too high. Well, I LIKE it high, thank you very much.

nancygrayce said...

Those are so great! It must be so wonderful to be artistic.

Anonymous said...

i'm going to do this with the boys this week. thanks for the great tip. :) andi

Deedra said...

I love the broken crayon tip! We have lots of those lying around these days!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

WoW!
Those are too cool.
I love the smell of new crayons- one of those fondest childhood memories.