Rainbow Crayon Bud Vase - The New Crayola Craze


The Revival of arts and crafts

Perhaps it was the recession that rekindled our interest in all things arty, as people are returning more and more to economical and fun ways to spend leisure time. The arts and crafts trade has cashed in on this trend for more interesting creative endeavours which include everything from perfume-making sets to entire DIY vegetable and herb plots. Our desire to return to old-style life hacks and artistic pursuits is a noble one, and one item making a global sweep is the colouring book. We traditionally think of colouring books as children's toys but the latest trend caters for an adult audience. In the USA, these large books filled with intricate patterns are selling so well, it's said that it has caused a worldwide pencil shortage. It's also caused a boom in the crayon industry where craft-enthusiasts are coming up with innovative and unique ways to use them.

Crayola Craze

One craft enthusiast who owns a well-equipped work shed took his Crayola collection of crayons to a whole new level. He bought four boxes of Crayola crayons which he first put in a freezer; this makes removing the paper around them much easier. Then he stacked the crayons in a regular baking loaf-tin, arranging them in groups, according to shade.
Rainbow crayon bud vase - the new Crayola craze
He then put the tin in a hot oven (minimum 120 degrees) for three hours until they had completely melted and fused. Next, he put the tin to one side for a few days so the wax would cool and solidify. The result was a magical mix of vibrant colour, but it was still a nondescript, shapeless block of wax. The next step was to cut off the sides to give the block more definition. Then using his drill-press, he made an opening in the solid block so it could be used as a vessel for flowers or shrubbery. Then he shaped the remaining wax block on a lathe, chiselling it into a workable display urn. This beautiful vase is so realistic in texture and form that at first glance, it could be mistaken for an expensive ceramic or glass piece of art. All you need is some simple packs of crayons which you can buy locally in most supermarkets. They only cost a few pounds so why not try making it yourself?

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