3 Ways to Melt Greasy Chalk

3 Ways to Melt Greasy Chalk
3 Ways to Melt Greasy Chalk
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Just because your chalk is old and worn doesn't mean you have to throw it away. Just like candle wax, it is possible to melt them to obtain new chalk, candles or even lipstick. There are several ways to melt chalk, each just as simple as the next.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Melt the chalk on the fire

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Step 1. Prepare a double boiler

Fill a saucepan with 2 to 5 cm of water. Place a heat-resistant glass container inside. The rim of the glass container should be above the water level.

If you have a metal container that you use to melt wax, you can use it instead of the glass container

Step 2. Peel the wrapping around the chalks

If you don't remove the paper all around, you will end up with papier mache. Here are several ways to remove the paper all around.

  • Peel the paper and tear it off. Start with one end (at the top or bottom of the pencil) where the paper was glued. Run your fingernail underneath and start pulling off the paper.
  • If you have trouble removing it, run a knife along the pencil to gently cut the paper. Peel it then.
  • Soak the chalk in hot water. The water will help soften the paper and it will be easier to remove.
  • Some greasy chalk might be wrapped in paper that is not stuck on it. You might then be able to slide it along the pencil.

Step 3. Consider separating the pencils by color

If you have different colors, you can sort them. This will save you time later when you want to melt them. You don't have to do this for the undertones of each color, such as separating light blues from dark blues. Instead, group all the blues together, all the yellows together, and so on.

Step 4. Cut the chalk into small pieces

You should get pieces that are about 1 cm long. With this size, they will melt faster, which will reduce the number of lumps when you melt them.

Step 5. Turn on the heat and boil the water

Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and let the water boil gently.

Step 6. Pour the pencil pieces into the glass container

Do not put all the colors at once or you will end up with a dark brown. Instead, melt the chalks according to their color. If you have sorted them out before, you can just pour the different colors into the container.

  • If you are making oily wax candles, you can add wax shavings and a few drops of essential oil or candle perfume to them.
  • If you are making lipstick with oil chalk, you can start with a single pencil (you can use one color or different colors to make the amount equal to that of a pencil), half a tsp. to c. shea butter and half a tsp. to c. oil such as sweet almond oil, argan oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil.
  • If you want to add extra ingredients to it, for example glitter, perfume or essential oils, now is the time.

Step 7. Wait for the chalk to melt

Stir occasionally with a spoon so that the pieces all melt. Do not leave the water bath unattended and make sure to ventilate the room well, the vapors that emerge from the oily chalk can cause headaches.

If the water level in the pot begins to drop, add more

Step 8. Take the container out of the water and use the wax

It will be very hot, so be sure to use a pot holder or a kitchen towel so you don't get burned. You can pour the hot wax into a silicone ice cube tray or candy mold to make pencils with fun shapes. You can also use the wax to make lipsticks or candles.

Method 2 of 3: Melt the chalk in the microwave

Step 1. Peel the paper off the pencils

If you don't, the wax will melt with the paper and you will end up with oily pulp. Here are several ways to remove it.

  • Peel the paper and tear it off.
  • Cut the paper with a knife and then peel it.
  • Soak the pencils in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes to soften the paper before peeling it.
  • Some greasy chalk may have paper that peels off easily. You might be able to drag it.

Step 2. Consider sorting the pencils by color

If you have a lot of bold chalk, you might want to sort it by color. This means that you can put the roses together, the mauves together, etc. It is not necessary to group the same shades together, light pink and dark pink can be mixed.

Step 3. Cut the fatty chalk into small pieces

You need to cut pieces that are about 1 cm long. This will allow them to melt faster.

Step 4. Place them in a microwave-safe container

You can use a glass container or an old coffee mug. If you have multiple colors, you should put them in separate containers instead.

  • If you are making oily wax candles, add one measure of wax shavings to one measure of crayons. You can also put a few drops of essential oil or candle perfume in it.
  • If you are making oil chalk lipstick, you will need a pencil (you can use one color or different colors to make the amount equal to a pencil) as well as half a tsp. to c. shea butter and half a tsp. to c. oil such as sweet almond oil, argan oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil.

Step 5. Put the containers in the microwave

You can put several containers of different colors in the microwave at the same time, but don't put too many. It would be better if you heat the colors one after the other or in small amounts.

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Step 6. Microwave the crayons for two minutes

Stop cooking every thirty seconds to stir. Stay in the microwave and watch the pencils closely as they melt. Each microwave works in a different way, and your chalk may melt faster.

Step 7. Use the melted wax

Once the pencils have melted, you can pour the wax into silicone molds or candy molds to make pencils with fun shapes. You can also use it to create lipsticks and candles.

If you want to add ingredients like sprinkles, perfumes or essential oils to it, do so at the time of this step. Make sure to stir well. Do not put on glitter too early or it could react with the heat in the microwave

Method 3 of 3: Melt the chalk in the oven

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Step 1. Preheat the oven to 100 ° C

For this method, you are going to melt old greasy chalk to give them fun shapes.

Step 2. Peel the paper off the pencils

Most oily chalk comes wrapped in paper that is usually easy to peel. On some, it could even slip off on its own. If you're having trouble removing the paper, here are several tips to follow.

  • Cut the paper lengthwise with a scalpel, and then pull it out. Be careful not to cut the chalk underneath. You should then be able to peel it easily.
  • If the paper is harder to peel, soak the pencil in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes. The water will soften the paper and make it easier to remove it.
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Step 3. Consider separating the pencils by color

If you use a lot of oily chalk, you can save time by sorting it by color. This means that you put the yellows with the yellows, the blues with the blues, etc. It is not necessary to group them by shade of color, it means that you can put the yellows with the yellows, whatever the shade.

Step 4. Cut the fatty chalk into small pieces with a knife

You should get pieces that are about 1 cm long. This will help them melt faster and reduce the number of lumps that might form.

Step 5. Find a baking sheet or silicone mold

You can use an old cookie or baking sheet, silicone mold, or ice cube tray. Silicone has a very high melting point, which is why it is safe to use it in the oven.

  • If you are using a baking sheet, you should consider greasing it with oil or fat. This will prevent the wax from sticking. You can also cover it with baking paper.
  • If you are using a silicone mold, there is no need to put paper or fat in it. The mold is non-sticky and flexible, you will just need to unmold the melted pencils once they are hard.

Step 6. Put the pieces of crayons in the molds

If you want to give them fun shapes, you need to fill the molds higher than the edge. The wax will swell and fill in the small spaces as it melts.

  • Consider pairing colors with the shape. For example, if your mold has different shapes like stars or hearts, put reds and pinks in heart-shaped molds and yellows and blues in star-shaped ones.
  • Consider mixing some colors. Try putting reds, oranges and yellows in one shape, blues and greens in another, and pinks and mauves in one last.

Step 7. Place the baking sheet in the oven

Cook for ten to fifteen minutes. If you are using a silicone mold, place it on a baking sheet first.

Step 8. Take the baking sheet out of the oven

Once the pencils have completely melted, take the baking sheet out of the oven. You can use the melted wax for a project or you can let it solidify into fun shaped crayons.

If you want to make pencils with funny shapes, you can harden them while waiting for the wax to harden a little before putting them in the freezer for half an hour

Step 9. Take the chalk out of the molds

If you want to get greasy chalks in funny shapes, wait until the wax has completely hardened. You'll know this is the case when the underside of the baking sheet or pan feels cool to the touch. When the wax is hard, turn the mold upside down. If you are using a cupcake pan, the pencils should come out right away. If not, you can tap it gently against the countertop. If you are using a silicone mold, gently pat the edges of the mold and press the domed part to release the greasy chalk.

Advice

  • You can use the wax to make new greasy chalks. You just have to let it cool in the mold or even in the container in which it has melted. The new melted wax will be the color or colors of the ones you put in the mold.
  • You can pour the melted wax into figurine or decoration molds to make chalk or interesting objects.
  • Silicone ice cube trays make great molds for new pencil shapes.
  • You don't have to do bold chalk. You can get a wooden cylinder and follow the steps from first to seventh before gluing solid chalk to the cylinder and adding whatever you want to make it your own.
  • If you want to create an interesting, multi-layered design, tilt the mold, pour color into it, and let it harden. Then tilt the mold in the opposite direction and pour in a new color. It's a great idea for candles and other projects.

Warnings

  • Never leave the stove or oven unattended.
  • Melt the chalk in a well ventilated area. Keep a window open.
  • Do not overheat the wax.
  • The melted chalk is very hot. If you are a child, you ask an adult for help with melting and handling the wax. Do not leave hot wax unattended.

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