January 10, 2010
We like to rock over here. That is, if rock includes a little house and electro. I had seen felt rocks a gazillion times and wanted them. So I started with something simple, felt stuffed with rice. They actually ended up a little bean baggie, rather than like a cool rock.
Then I started with wool roving. The first time I tried this was with a needle. I tried to needle felt them until I had learned about wet felting. Duh. Waaaaaaay easier with water. The tutorial I used is from American Felt and Craft. Their rocks looks way more firm, mine look a little loose. Perhaps I need to roll them around a bit more. Don’t get me wrong, I love wool felt, but something about it constantly makes me think I’m crafting with a hair ball.
And I just cant seem get over this whole melting crayons thing. I had seen the crayon rocks at the store and online. I know what you are thinking! ”God, is this chick bored or something? Get a job, woman!” I have one, really, I work a couple days part time and the boy even goes to day school. I, however, have this crazy thing where I must try to make EVERYTHING, so here’s how it turned out.
WARNING!! WARNING!! DANGER ALERT!! DANGER ALERT!!
This is not a tutorial! Please don’t try to melt crayons into rocks if you think it will be hazardous. I have a high pain tolerance and have finally gotten over my awkward clumsy phase. It took a long time, though.
First, I didn’t melt the crayons all the way, but they are not easy to mold. Somehow I assumed that maybe I could mold them in my bare hands a little like play doh.
Umm, no. But using 2 little spoons assisted greatly in the shaping, kinda egg-like.
Plus, this is not a quick craft. And sadly lasted way past naptime. After getting them to a decent shape, I threw them in the freezer for a bit to get them cooled all the way through, but really, you’re never gonna get them smooth like a stone.
They’re kinda crackly.
Not to be confused with actual crack.
While they work great and don’t have that wax separation that happens with the disks, they can shed some tiny little crayon crumbs. But they are solid and won’t break apart.
The boy doesn’t seem to dig them any more than regular crayons.
But I think he likes holding them more than coloring with them. And the cupcake pan did not survive the endeavor. It is on it’s way to recycling heaven.
My final verdict: if you must have them, mass produced sets are probably going to be your best bet.