YARRRRRRR! We be makin’ ARRRRRRRRT t’day, matey! It’s also International Talk Like a Pirate Day for the Pastafarian religion, and I *may* have recently watched the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies in a row. Also, I live in Newfoundland, where people tend to talk like pirates on a daily basis. It’s also the anniversary of the night the Pie and I went on our first date. Eight years have gone by since that night, and so much has changed in our lives. Crazy. Tonight we are going to make ourselves a nice dinner and cozy up with our favourite orange, black and white wedding present, the inimitable Grenadier St. James.
In the meantime, however, why don’t you sit down and make yourself some pretty?
I saw a picture on Flickr of my cousin and his son making this particular project, and I thought it was so cool that I should try it on my own. Then I discovered that this stuff is ALLLLL over the internet, especially Etsy, these days. I’m no trendsetter, obviously. Even so, I’m going to add to the plethora of posts about it, so that you can see it, Ali-style.
Now, I’m being a real keener and starting my DIY Christmas gifts really, really early this year. So I’ve pretty much taken over the dining room as my craft central, especially as now there is a large bed in my former office work space.
For this project you will need some crayons (go with Crayola, it seems they melt the best), some glue (I used hot glue), a blank canvas (I used two small 5″ x 7″ ones, stacked, but you can use cardboard or wood or whatever you have on hand), and a hairdryer or other focused heat source. I hear tell of people using paint strippers for this, but you really don’t need anything that hot. Oh, and you’ll need newspaper or a drop cloth or something to protect the surrounding area from flying hot wax.
For my first attempt at this, I thought I would go with a straight rainbow, before I got too fancy. Plus I know someone who really loves rainbows, and this would make a nice little present.
I started with the basic colours of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, and I laid them out on my canvas.
Then I filled in the gaps with other colours in the spectrum.
If Crayola has colours called things like this:
Then why are they still naming colours like this?
Then the question was, should I lay them out with their colour names facing up, or the Crayola logo facing up? The Pie told me to go with the logo, because after everything is melted it will be easier to see than the smaller names.
Then we glue. I used hot glue on the crayon, and I only put it on the top half. I wasn’t sure how it would deal with the melting wax, and I figured that most of the melting was going to go down on the lower half of the crayon.
Then I used hockey tape to temporary secure my two canvases together.
And I leaned it up against a shoebox (full of stuff, for weight) on top of my drop cloth and newspaper.
Then I started in with the hairdryer, on its hottest and highest setting, focusing pretty closely on the bottom ends of the crayons.
You can see how the wax tends to fly a bit.
It took a while to get them started, but once they got going, they really got going.
I liked how the wax crept around the sides of the canvas, and I wish I’d had a bigger one to work with.
Let the wax cool and harden.
Then you can hang it up, any which way you would like!