The Easter Bunny brought our youngest daughter a Crayon Maker. She had seen this contraption on television before Christmas and really wanted one. Of course, they were sold out then so I kept watching for one. When she saw what was in her basket, she was thrilled.
We opened the box. The kit comes with the Crayon Maker (a fancy box with a light fixture), a crayon mold, a melt tray, two crayon holders, and eight crayons. You need a clear 60-watt candelabra light bulb, which is not included. The device does not need batteries, it plugs into the wall.
There is a little assembly required, which should be done by an adult. You should also ensure an adult is present while using it. The Crayon Maker gets hot to melt the crayon wax. The unit does lock during this process however; the sides and top are still hot to the touch. You must use this on a hard surface so it is level.
The lid locks so curious hands cannot open it during the heating process.
The crayon holders hold the small two-inch crayons so even an adult can use them.
The unlimited number of colors you can make.
Now I am able to do something with all those crayon pieces rather than throw them away.
There is a handy timer with a bell so you know when your wax is ready to be poured.
Everything fits in the box for easy storage.
You can only use Crayon brand crayons.
The melt tray is hard to clean.
The mold is directional so if you do not get it in right, the wax spills and does not form right.
Overall, we had a lot of fun making our own swirly color combinations. Lighter colored crayons melt faster than the darker ones so you may have to increase the heat time for them. You can only make four crayons at a time. The melt tray has two compartments so two of four will be essentially the same colors.
When choosing your color combinations note that darker colors used together will be a solid color, at least that is what we found. When we use two different light colors we were able to get a nice crayon with a good swirl effect.