We have another Throwback Post for you featuring one of our earliest posts. In 2012, melted crayon everything was all over Pinterest. It's still there, just not as popular as it was at that point in time. We had crayon art submissions of every shape and color and GCT level. I thought for today I'd pull up one that has to do with Valentines Day, as that's just right around the corner.
The submitter tried to make this:
and ended up with this instead:
Now, on to today's submission from Alicia.
The Original Pin
Cute little heart crayons to send to school for Valentines Day.
Alicia says: "I decided to try the heart-shaped crayons for my daughter's preschool Valentine's class gift. Great idea, right? Cute, useful, and doesn't come with a corresponding blood sugar surge and crash...win win."
"I found the Gail Made pin. It looked like a breeze. I ordered the heart-shaped Wilton mold off of Amazon prime, bought a Crayola 64 pack, and sat down to start peeling. I remembered the paper wrappers on crayons being a whole lot easier to remove. We always had a ton of naked crayons floating around. Didn't everyone? Well, they must have improved the glue recipe since 1990. Those buggers didn't want to come off. We finally resorted to cutting the paper longways, then peeling the paper off in pieces."
"I placed all my pieces of crayon in the mold, heated up my oven to 200, and covered the crayons with a layer of water as stated in the directions. I watched closely. After 10 minutes, nothing. My crayons were happily enjoying their lukewarm bath. So, I bumped up the temp. 10 minutes at 225 and we had the beginning of meltage. 250 would be even better then, right? After about 5 minutes, the crayons were melted, but then disaster struck."
"I assumed that the water would evaporate. Instead, the melted wax did what it always does when mixed with water...float. I had colors floating out of their molds and visiting their neighbors. Colors flowing out over the sides and onto the cookie sheet. Floating wax all over the place."
"I tried to soak up the water with paper towels. That just made it worse. I tried pouring off the water. That made it WAY worse. Sigh...I think we'll just stick with message candy hearts."
I'm not exactly sure what the point of the water is as water and wax do not mix well, and the wax will float. Perhaps eventually all the wax is supposed to float so that the water is on the bottom making it easier to pop these out of their little homes? In the original pin it looks like there is just a thin layer of water on the wax. Perhaps just a nice mist of water from a spray bottle? As Alicia found out, you don't want to drown the crayons, or even just let the go wading. A fine mist should do the trick if you even use any water at all. Perhaps next time just spray Pam on the molds before hand? Would that work? Hmmmm....