Friday, February 10, 2012

WD-40, Miracle Worker

Last night I headed over to B's house for an impromptu art night where we created a project found here that we've been wanting to try for a while.  It was slightly tedious glueing the crayons down and the hair dryer I used wasn't quite strong to effectively melt the crayons enough unless on super high power, which then blew the melted wax everywhere.  Eventually I got the effect I wanted, and I'm pretty thrilled with the result.  Compare my version above to the inspiration piece below:
 I love how thick the color is on the inspiration version and the colors stand on their own a bit more.  I'm pretty sure the thickness is attributed to the heat coming out of the hair dryer melting the wax a bit faster and the lack of airflow preventing the bleeding effect I got.  Although I kind of like the bleeding effect too...

Anyway, the super powerful airflow that I needed to actually melt my crayons that caused the bleeding also caused the colors from the ends (pink and purple in my case) to fling hot wax droplets all over the workspace, i.e. the upholstry on the kitchen chairs and my clothes.  Hot wax is not fun to remove from fabric - you only get so much from scraping because the liquid wax absorbs into the material.  Enter WD-40 - miracle tool extrordinaire.  Just spray a little on and scrub with a paper towel.  Voila - the crayon magically disappears!  Of course now you have to scrub out the oily-smelly WD-40 residue, but this is much easier than dealing with melted in wax...

Feeling the art thing lately, so I'm hoping to spend at least part of my weekend drawing/painting/crafting and I'm pretty excited about it.  Do you have anything fun planned?

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