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RE: making crayons


From: Jones, Jessica (jonesja_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jun 17 2001 - 09:25:24 PDT

Do the crayons leave any color residue that becomes a part of the overall
design? Or are crayons a substitute for paraffin wax?

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Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2001 10:35 AM
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Subject: Re: making crayons

Have you ever done crayon batik? Needs close supervision, but the results
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 ---