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Monday 25 February 2008

Beeswax Crayons

I realy want to make some beeswax crayons. mmm Not sure if Karl will be impressed if I keep using all the wax, but heh, its for the kids!

Have you made your own crayons?
Anyone got any suggestions?

Someone, somewhere sent me this recipe.
hope its fine to publish on my blog. :-)

Homemade Beeswax Crayons Recipe
Parts by weight:
1 part grated soap (use a glycerin soap for harder crayons--otherwise plain Ivory works well)
1 part beeswax
paste food coloring

Melt the beeswax in a small clean soup can placed in boiling water. Add the grated soap and stir until the soap melts and the mixture is smooth. Color the mixture with concentrated paste food colors (available in the cake decorating aisle). Create personalized molds with aluminum foil. Coat your mold with Crisco. Pour wax mixture
into lubricated aluminum foil molds. After testing the crayon, it can be melted again and more pigment added. Use separate cans for making individual colors.
Notes:
*** Approximately 2 Tablespoons of grated soap and wax and a pea sized dab of coloring is sufficient for 1-2 small block crayons.
*** For older children or adults, you may use artist's fresco pigments instead of food coloring for richer results. Use with caution as some pigments are not safe for consumption.
*** if the melted mixture seems very lumpy (rather than smooth and clear) add some more beeswax.
*** try pouring one color, let cool and add another to create a rainbow crayon
*** if removed gently from mold while still warm, you can finish shaping them with your hands easy enough.

“To educate the whole child, his heart and will must be reached, as well as his mind.”

7 comments:

Poppy & Mei said...

This sounds like tones of fun! Xxx

Tomtemama said...

Hmmmmm.....

Maybe if I make these Lily (my 1 1/2 year old) stop eating the crayons. I don't think Stockmar has any soap in their crayons as she just will demolish an entire crayon given the chance.

PS I tagged you. You're it!

Mama Goose said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I thought this might make a cheaper version and also just plain fun. I love for my children to see where things come from too.

Mama Goose said...

this sounds like fun, thanks for sharing. I love for my children to know where things come from too.

God's Dancing Child said...

Did this ever turn out for you? Did the pigment come off on your hands when holding it?
I've been looking for a recipe but most say the pigment comes out on the hands.

Cate said...

Actually Stockmar crayons are only 10% beeswax (and over 60% paraffin and hydrocarbon waxes + 20% stearin and 10% pigment)... I wouldn't let my kids near them. Also a little misleading to call them "beeswax crayons" I would have thought.

Michelle said...

Thanks for posting this. I want to let me 14 month old experience art without experience toxins. This post fit the bill! And Cate, thanks for posting the info on Stockmar crayons. I had no idea! Not only can we really not afford "luxury" crayons, we really can't afford all the junk in them either!


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