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Binney and Smith

Crayola Crayons celebrate their 100th birthday in 2003, and in July 2002, Binney and Smith will be rolling out what is likely the biggest innovation to the line in years: the Crayola Crayon Maker. (Get the Crayola Crayon Maker at Amazon.com)

Using the same "light bulb technology" as the Easy Bake Oven and the Incredible Shrinky Dink Maker, the Crayola Crayon Maker will (in about 20 minutes) melt down your old Crayon nubs and turn them into new Crayons.

Melting down old bits of Crayons is nothing new, but the Maker will allow you to (a) form them into regular Crayon shapes, (b) label them just like regular Crayons, and (c) do it all without burning yourself or ruining a pan.

To make Crayons using the maker, kids can place old bits of Crayons (or new bits from the included pack) into the tray, snap the safety lid down into place, then wait for the wax to melt. A dial lets them know when to turn the knob to tilt the tray forward to pour the wax into the molds. In addition to the safety dome/lid which won't open until the process is complete, the Maker has a "tip switch" which shuts the Maker off if it is tipped over. The finished Crayons are a colorful swirl of the colors used, with lighter colors providing the most dramatic swirls.

When the Crayon Maker hits stores in July, the Crayola.com site will have recipes on it for making different colors of crayons.

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finished crayons

Crayon Maker

loading crayon bits
into the Maker

melting bits

pouring the melted bits

pouring the melted bits

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