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Oil Pastel Crayons

You Will Need:

1 ounce paraffin or candle wax
clean empty can
1 teaspoon linseed oil or turpentine
3 tablespoons powdered paint pigment
paper towel tube
Warning: Do not use turpentine with small children.

How to Make It:

1. Cut up paraffin or wax and place in a clean empty can. Set the can in a pan of water and place over low heat until wax is melted. Remove pan from heat.

2. Add linseed oil or turpentine. Stir until well mixed.

3. Now add powdered pigment. Stir well.

4. Pour a small portion of the mixture into a 3-inch section of a waxed paper roll or a paper towel roll. When hardened, add rest of mixture.

Repeat for each color desired.

How to Use It:

When the mixture hardens, the tube may be removed from the entire crayon or from the tip only. Draw as with any crayon. Six-ounce frozen juice cans or similar tubelike cardboard containers may also be used as molds.

SOURCE:New Revised Recipes for Art and Craft Materials by Helen Roney Sattler Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books New York. 1987.

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