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Melted crayons


Date: Sat Sep 18 2004 - 19:49:43 PDT

I was trying to do this lesson Thursday that I found:

 paper, crayons, warming plate, paper towels for cleaning warming plate
 The teacher will plug in the warming plate at the beginning of the class. 
The teacher will tell the students to be careful around the warming plate
because it does get warm. Students will then take a sheet of paper and place it on
the warming plate. Then students should use their peeled back crayons to begin
to draw on their paper. The warming plate will melt the crayons as they are
drawing, enabling the crayons to glide smoothly over the paper. The crayon will
have a different appearance, more like paint, instead of what the crayon
usually looks like when colored with.

Problem was, the paper started burning! Yes we were ventilating with open
windows anyway.
I guess my warming plate is too hot. It is just an electric eye and I put a
metal cookie sheet on top.
I wonder if I used a heavier cooking pan lined with foil if this would work.
I tried it in an electric skillet lined with foil and it worked.
I also tried putting water in it and melting crayons in a can and treating it
as a double boiler but the warmer was incredibly hot and was boiling like
crazy. The kids became nervous understandably.

My question is, can anyone think of a way to paint with melted crayons
where the crayon doesn't bunch up and make a messy glob? One 7th grade boy did a
beautiful outline of a hammerhead in purple and indicated some seaweed at the
bottom. Then we painted with Magic watercolors. He made the water
turquoise and the hammerhead purple and indicated orange coral, etc. Then we
dropped Epsom salt on it and it was exquisite!
The others crashed and burned (literally)

I really like the paper in the electric skillet, the kids got a smooth look
and I think there are many possibilities there. But I would need 10 skillets
or so for it to work for a class.

I have really exhausted all my thinking skills on this. Help!?!?