What you need:– Clear glass ornaments (I bought mine at Michaels, please avoid plastic kind as they could melt)
– mini craft knife
– protective plastic or newspaper
– hair dryer
– embellishments as desired
Before you begin: Prepare your area with protective plastic (I used garbage bags) or newspaper. Even though this is a little bit less messy than other crayon crafts, you don't want the chance of your carpet, table, etc ending up spattered with crayon drippings!
1. I started off by using my craft knife and fingernails to rip off the labels on the crayons. This is the hardest part of the process. Good thing, cause I get impatient!
2. Remove the stem from the glass ornaments carefully. Now cut or break small chunks of your crayon and drop them in. I chose to do no more than 3-4 colors at a time, but feel free to experiment with more or less!
3. With your hair dryer setting on high, blast the heat on the ornament. I found I could handle the ornament if I didn't hold the heat too long in one spot. I twirled the ornament as they dripped with my hand. Sometimes the crayons were uncontrollable. That's the beauty of this project, it creates abstract drips...you just have to go with it!
4. I chose to stop before my crayon was absolutely covered on the inside. I liked the transparent and scratch effect the crayon wax had with the glass, as you can see in the example above. When you are satisfied, shake or heat the crayons up so they'll go out the opening.
That's it! You can add a bow or sparkle to the outside if you wish. These would be pretty on a tree, on a gift, or in a glass bowl for a pretty display! Here's some more pics of my finished creations!
I love projects like this, cause it forces me out of my design brain and gets me more into abstract art territory!
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