OBC – Crayons

One Boob Chronicle to focus on Crayons.

Melted Crayon in waxed paper behind die cut.

Melted Crayon in waxed paper behind die cut.

I have not had the strength nor the inclination to be in my craft room the past many weeks.  Even though I have had an idea simmering in my brain for quite some time.

The idea came from a long ago memory, one from around 1963.  My third grade teacher had her class sharpen crayons over waxed paper.  She went around the class room making color suggestions to those of us that were challenged by this idea.  She spent a little extra time with me.  I had a difficult time with the very idea of damaging my set of Crayons.  The fear I would never get another set to replace the one I would be destroying was enough to get the water works going.

My teacher encouraged all of us to have fun with this art project.  Her promise to the class was “You will be amazed how beautiful your art will be!” The first child to finish shaving the Crayons, I remember, was a time of great excitement.  The class was told to come up to the teacher’s desk and form a circle around.  We watched as she folded the wax paper in half, laid the paper on a thick towel, and applied the iron.  I can still hear the gasps from each of us as we heard the sizzle and pop of the melting waxed paper and the trapped bits of Crayons.

Our teacher told us what Crayons were made of.  Wax and pigment heated and blended then placed in molds to cool.  What she was doing, our teacher said,  with the iron was nearly the same as what the manufacturers did.  Heating and melting the wax and allowing the colors to flow and blend into one another.  When she decreed the project was perfect she handed a window frame, cut from black construction paper, to the child this piece belonged to.  The window frame had school glue run along the back of it, then carefully placed over the waxed paper.

The result was a beautiful “Stained Glass Window”.  She was correct, we were all amazed at how beautiful our art was to be!

Each of us excitedly went back to our seats to make our Stained Glass Window even more beautiful than the others.

Some time in April I went to my local Dollar Tree and purchased Crayons, waxed paper, and a pencil sharpener.  Since the only sharpeners to be had were a multi pack I had to settle for that.

Waxed paper, Crayons, and pencil sharpeners.

Waxed paper, Crayons, and pencil sharpeners.

For the price of $3.00 USD, I now have enough supplies to last for a very long time.

I chose three colors of blue for an “Ombre” effect.  Tearing the paper away to better fit in the sharpener.  As you can see, the Crayons don’t have a color name on them so I had to just go by the colors.

Three colors of blue

Three colors of blue

Piles of shaved Crayons

Piles of shaved Crayons

While shaving the Crayons I plugged in and set my household iron to a cotton setting on a DRY IRON.  No water for steam.

Set iron to a medium heat, or cotton setting.

Set iron to a medium heat, or cotton setting.

Fold the waxed paper in half and place on a towel to absorb the heat of the iron.

Prepare our surface to melt the Crayon.

Prepare your surface to melt the Crayon.

Press the iron over the waxed paper and allow the heat to melt and blend the colors.  I would suggest you also fold the towel over your project before setting iron on it.  I had blue all over my towel and on the sole plate of my iron.

Melt and blend the colors with the iron.

Melt and blend the colors with the iron.

Using a die of your choice, I have used a Sizzix thin flourish die.  Make your die cut on a piece of card stock that will be the front of your card.  Place the die in any position you choose, maybe not off the paper.

Use a die cut of your choice for the negative space.

Use a die cut of your choice for the negative space.

Oopsy!  The sole plate of my iron had blue Crayon on it.  Made a mess on my card stock.  Good thing there is the other side I can still use.

OOPS!

OOPS!

When you have the desired placement of your die cut over the melted Crayon, use any tool to score or scratch the waxed paper surface around the card stock.

Score around your card stock

Score around your card stock

Cut INSIDE the score lines to hide the waxed paper under the card stock.

Cut inside the score marks

Cut inside the score marks

This is how the back side will look.  Adhere the waxed paper to the card stock.  NOTE:  The tape runner I have did not like to stay stuck down on the waxed paper.  I had to use the cheapy ScoreTape brand to get it to stick.

The back side of your card

The back side of your card

Now you are ready to create your beautiful card.

What would you do?  How could you use this technique?  Let me know how you have used this Crayon technique in your card creations, or scrapbook layouts.

Leslie

 

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jen
    Jun 24, 2017 @ 09:27:51

    So pretty! I am happy to say our library is having a summer program in melted crayon art… it lives! When I was a kid we used a metal potato peeler to shave the crayons.

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    • Message In A Fold
      Jun 24, 2017 @ 09:33:02

      YAY for your library taking up the arts for young people. I’m so glad this didn’t die out and is still in use today. Thank you Jen for sharing this awesome news with me. 😀
      Hugs – Leslie

      Reply

  2. Barbara Troxell
    Jun 24, 2017 @ 09:53:52

    Glad to see you have some energy and great idea . Love to you and Joe .

    Reply

  3. Mary
    Jun 24, 2017 @ 11:39:16

    Miss Leslie, so glad to see that you’re feeling a little better now and that you were able to do some crafting. You are an inspiration to me! In my prayers everyday.

    Reply

  4. cherylogilvy
    Jun 24, 2017 @ 17:09:37

    Hi Leslie great to see you doing projects again. Mum and I are having fun in New Zealand.

    Reply

  5. Toni
    Jun 25, 2017 @ 01:37:23

    Oh boy, do I remember melting crayon shavings. I love your idea of using it to back a die cut. Maybe after Lance’s funeral on Friday and thing’s start to settle down (I hope) next week. Still trying to get craft room re-established and the house ready to sell. Glad you are feeling a little better and hope you continue to improve without any complications. Love to you both.

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Jun 25, 2017 @ 07:12:56

      Bless your heart ❤️. May the Lord be with you, Toni, as you prepare for this week. I don’t know what to say to you at this time in your life, except I would bring my one boob self to be with you if I could. Until you push me out the door. Much love my friend.

      Reply

  6. Gayle Enouen
    Jun 26, 2017 @ 15:00:25

    Beautiful! I’ve done this before but it’s been forever. Thanks for sharing with us!

    Reply

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