Kitty Egg Crayons & Tutorial

Introducing our newest venture- Kitty Egg Crayons!

The idea of making molded items was sparked when we were at the craft store looking for supplies. 1 box of clay, 1 mold kit, and a bag full of crayons later, voila!

Kitty egg Group edited

We were originally going to do them just for ourselves as “rock crayons.” But as we started the process the idea of egg shaped crayons, and then potentially selling these things in our etsy shop came up- hence Kitty Eggs.

They take some time to make and are a bit trickier to mold than regular rock crayons. Also the time it takes to hand carve their faces can be tedious, though Ben admits to enjoying this step the most.

We’re thinking of Kitty Egg Candles as our next project since we have a block of beeswax sitting around, waiting to be used…

Until then, buy handmade, and enjoy the kitty eggs while you can!

* * * Tutorial * * *

Here is a brief tutorial on the general making of molded crayons:

Cost: $-$$
Time: 15 minutes
Materials:
* crayons
* heating source (microwave, oven, pots of pans and water…)
* mold (anything from store bought to homemade tin foil molds will do)
* baking glove or some kind of protection from the hot wax (we used a pair of pliers)

1. Make time. Rainy days are perfect for this activity- by yourself, with a lover, or as a family activity.

rainyday dandelion

2. Find crayons. We recommend nontoxic crayons for family use.  Standard Crayola brand crayons are easy to find (hello local grocery store), although we’ve found that other brands can work just as well.

crayons

Specialty crayons may not work as well, i.e. glow-in-the-dark crayons, or glitter crayons. The cheapest crayons are the ends and broken off bits you already have at home.

3. Peel paper off crayons, break in half if necessary, and melt. You can melt them in a variety of ways. Heat lamp, oven, etc. We used the double boiler method- empty crayons in a heatable container and boil the container (with the crayons in them) inside another pan of water.

crayon cans

We encourage using recycled cans. We molded ours to have a pouring spout and used an old meatloaf pan to boil it in. If you want to reuse the same can for making multiple crayon molds, we recommend using a pot that you don’t mind tossing at the end. It can get a little messy. Depending on the size of your mold, melt between 5-15 crayons. This part takes some experimenting.

4. After crayons are melted, pour the heated wax into the mold. This is where the baking mitts come in. Always use caution and common sense when handling hot objects. Don’t have a mold? Don’t worry, you can make your own- be creative! Tin foil or a cupcake container can work just as well as a store bought mold.

5. Let wax cool. The wax will instantly start to cool and shrink. If necessary, refill the mold and let cool again. This would be a good time to experiment with layers of colors. If you’re impatient, you can pop the mold into the fridge or freezer for a few minutes.

6. When cooled, release crayon from mold and start coloring. That’s all!

kitty egg crayon in use

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  • Guest

    So cute! thanks for posting!

  • http://claudiaudia.wordpress.com Claudia

    So cute! thanks for posting!

  • http://byrheea.blogspot.com/ Rheea

    Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing! :)

    PS: Your kitty crayons are adorable.

  • http://byrheea.blogspot.com/ Rheea

    Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing! :)

    PS: Your kitty crayons are adorable.

  • bikimiki

    Great tutorial! I’ll have to try this with the kids =) Thanks for sharing

  • http://Website bikimiki

    Great tutorial! I’ll have to try this with the kids =) Thanks for sharing

  • Cosmic Creatures

    Great Tutorial, might try it one day with my little brother and sister!

  • http://Website Cosmic Creatures

    Great Tutorial, might try it one day with my little brother and sister!

  • http://princessandthebeads.blogspot.com/ mindy

    Found you through whip up. Those kitties ar adorable!

  • http://princessandthebeads.blogspot.com/ mindy

    Found you through whip up. Those kitties ar adorable!

  • Dina

    These rock! Where did you get the mold from? I would love to make these for my nice & nephew. Thanks! Peace.

    • admin

      Thanks Dina :]
      You can get pre-made molds from any craft store. The kitty shaped ones however are exclusive and were handmade by us from scratch. Without going into too much detail, we used a product called OOMOO, which is a non-toxic rubber mold compound. After each of the kitty eggs cool, the faces are then hand-carved by Ben.
      We sell these at our etsy shop here : KittyBBLove.etsy.com
      <3

  • Dina

    These rock! Where did you get the mold from? I would love to make these for my nice & nephew. Thanks! Peace.

    • admin

      Thanks Dina :]
      You can get pre-made molds from any craft store. The kitty shaped ones however are exclusive and were handmade by us from scratch. Without going into too much detail, we used a product called OOMOO, which is a non-toxic rubber mold compound. After each of the kitty eggs cool, the faces are then hand-carved by Ben.
      We sell these at our etsy shop here : KittyBBLove.etsy.com
      <3

  • http://littlesnoring.blogspot.com/ Edwina

    Thanks for the tutorial, I was only thinking last night about melting some crayons and casting some molds. And there you are on an old Whip up entry that I hadn’t caught up on yet. Mucho Gracias

  • http://littlesnoring.blogspot.com Edwina

    Thanks for the tutorial, I was only thinking last night about melting some crayons and casting some molds. And there you are on an old Whip up entry that I hadn’t caught up on yet. Mucho Gracias

  • http://www.readysetcraft.blogspot.com/ Joanne

    SO CUTE! I’ll be linking today…

  • http://www.readysetcraft.blogspot.com Joanne

    SO CUTE! I’ll be linking today…

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  • http://ilikepapercutting.blogspot.com ILikePaperCutting

    you are selling these and yet you are so generous to share the tutorial. You are good people, like you all, especially Mikah.

    • http://kittybabylove.com Kitty Baby Love

      Thanks Jessica! We found out how to make crayons online too so no point in pretending we have a secret :}
      We think you and your family are awesome too ^_^

  • http://twitter.com/ayumipantell Ayumi Pantell

    I love these! I just bought some for my youngest daughter!

    • http://kittybabylove.com Kitty Baby Love

      Hi Ayumi! Thanks so much for your order with us. I hope your little one enjoyed them. Things got hectic for us and I didn’t get to respond to your comment. I was so excited to hear that you were in taiko too! Were you a Rising Star or Dream Team member?

  • Jaime

    I’ve been making my own crayons for about a year or so and selling them. I found out you can’t use “character” molds and sell the crayons because you don’t own the character, but you can use Wilton molds and sell them. I was wondering if you knew if it was legal to use Crayola crayons and sell them after we’ve mold them? I assume it is okay since we are using it as a tool in making our products. Just wondering!

    • http://kittybabylove.com Kitty Baby Love

      Many people use crayons as part of their art such as Herb William, who exclusively uses Crayola, and Diem Chau, who was even commissioned to do these crayon sculptures by the likes of Nike.

      I would suggest not to use Crayola as a *selling point* though- and to make it clear that you have no affiliation with them. I think that would be a problem- to use Crayola’s licensed and trademarked name without their permission.

      Generally I would just stay away from using any mass produced brands in a recognizable form- which is also why we make our own molds instead of store-bought molds. This year we will be going a step further and may finally develop our own crayon recipe too. For me it just feels better to have everything be 100% original to avoid these kinds of legal complications. Plus it feels nice to be able to say that ‘this can’t be found anywhere else.’

      Good luck with your endeavor!

      • http://kittybabylove.com Kitty Baby Love

        Oh sorry- I mean to say in the beginning that I don’t think its a problem to use Crayola crayons at all- and then also that just to make sure to not claim to be affiliated with Crayola in any way…

  • http://www.erikorganic.com/dining-room/dining-room-table.shtml dining table

    Thanks for sharing us a very wonderful tutorial! I think kids will love to make this as a summer project.

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