So we tried making our own crayons as gifts for the neighborhood on Valentine’s Day. I read a bunch of stuff online, but frankly following the online directions did not work well for me. So here are a few things to add to the basic directions you will find on line. I’m calling it my Top Ten Lessons Learned (for making crayons in shaped molds).
#10. Make extras, your children will want to keep some.
#9. Use all the same brand of crayon, different brands mixed do not meld together well.
#8. Breaking up the crayons is fine, you don’t need to chop them like we did. Chopping them may ruin your cutting board… (see number 7.)
#7. Be careful which dishes and utensils you use because they will get crayoned.
#6. Use a cookie sheet under your molds, the molds are not stable enough to remove from the oven when crayons are in a liquid state.
#5. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. (see numbers 6 and 7.)
#4. Cool thoroughly before removing from the mold. Use the freezer to speed cooling up.
#3. Higher temperatures make grainy crayons. Use lower temperatures (240*) and more patience.
#2. Make extra. No matter how careful you are some will break in the removal process…
#1. Make sure your molds are truly silicone and oven proof. Apparently some molds look like silicone but do not act like it…
Above all else, have fun with your kids! They are here today and gone tomorrow!
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