Where did this start?
My first memories of crafting go back to age 5. I liked to color with pencils and crayons and the need for them to be sharp or I lost interest. Among those first memories is a trip to Barnum and Bailey Circus with a friend from kindergarten and a 2 hour car ride each way. It was an all day affair which culminated in a can of my precious crayons in the back window of our Pontiac which melted while we were being entertained. That’s right! They turned into a giant disk stuck to the bottom with all the wrappers embedded in the mess. I don’t recall getting new crayons for quite some time after that fiasco, but I remember having them for art class in grade school. More on that topic another day…
I wonder how these seemingly minor incidents effect young children. I recall feeling as if the world was going to collapse at the time. Now when I look back, it really wasn’t a big deal but I lesson learned about the properties of crayons and how they react with heat.
Did you know crayons could be melted with a heat tool to drip and swirl on paper or canvas for an abstract look? Give it a try sometime! Any wax based crayon will do.
See the videos below for inspiration
Warning… Don’t let children play with hot glue guns without supervision.