Make art while the sun shines.--craftymoose
This week Jenn's challenge in the Artist's Play Room called for Pears. Now I have to admit I don't particularly like them; but never having drawn them, I was game to try. I told Jenn it was going to be an experiment, and I would show it for better or worse.
So why the silly quote above? Because I decided to try an experiment with melting crayons using the sun.
Yesterday was one of the hottest, 96 degrees F (35 C) days we have had. I lightly drew the outline of a pear on a blank art card and filled it in with crayon shavings, using a pencil sharpener. When I thought I had enough I put it outside, sure that it would be melted in no time flat. After all, I was, just walking outside to put it in the sun! Fast forward about 4 hours later & the crayons weren't even trying to melt. Now it was starting to look like the promised afternoon thunderstorm, so I went out to rescue the card. I wasn't letting any pear get the best of me, so my next idea was a hair dryer. Note to self: Buy a heat gun. The hair dryer even on low blew any loose shaving all around. By this time I had had it and was ready to ditch this whole idea and move on to some more cooperative fruit...And then, it hit me--my toaster over that I use for polymer clay. It took literally moments to melt the crayon, I applied a bit more shavings, and ta da!
Thanks for the inspiration, Jenn!