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Re: making crayons

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Heyjude5270_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Jun 16 2001 - 08:34:45 PDT


Have you ever done crayon batik? Needs close supervision, but the results are
neat. Melt the old crayons in metal containers, keeping colors separated. I
used an old muffin tin. Be sure to melt crayons over water for safety. I
placed the muffin tin in an electric skillet filled with water and kept the
skillet on "low". Once crayons are melted, they can be brushed onto fabric
and allowed to dry and harden. Once dry, crunch up the fabric to produce
cracks in the crayon. Place the fabric into a dye bath. I used a dark color
dye, like violet, black or blue .Allow fabric to dry again. Now the wax must
be removed by placing fabric between sheets of newspaper and ironing,
replacing newspaper as it becomes saturated with the melted wax. I used
cotton and cotton muslin, but any fabric that will take the dye bath will
work. The piece can then be used as a wall hanging or pillow, etc. -judy

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