One of the things I’ve discovered is that it is very hard to make things on the road. Whether is it crocheting a scarf, starting a new craft project, or baking cookies – it can be difficult to find time and/or space away from home to make crafting magic happen. Since I’ve been in grad school I’ve learned to only take on one craft at a time while I’m on the road. Sometimes I bring a ball of yarn and my knitting needles and sometimes I ask my friends if we can bake something together. The moral of this post is that crafting is possible on the road and a best practice for me has been to pick one thing and stick to it.
I first heard about making lipstick out of crayons from my friend Amber. I was awfully skeptical about it when she first told me it was a thing – so I went home and watched YouTube videos on the subject (like all good crafters of the 21st century do). After watching about 10 videos I become obsessed with the idea of trying it out. I decided that the weekend Curl Code came to visit would be the perfect time to make Crayola magic (or to epically and colorfully fail).
After amalgamating all of the Youtube videos I watched, I came up with a shopping list and headed to the store. Here is a full list of the supplies needed for the lipsticks:
- Crayola crayons (as few or as many as your heart desires)
- Small containers that close (I chose 7-day pill organizers)
- Small glass dish (I used custard dishes)
- Toothpicks, skewers, or a stirring device of our choice.
- Coconut oil (or any oil you desire)
- Shea Butter (optional)
- A pot
Most of these items I had readily available in my house. One note: don’t be fooled by the 16-pack themed crayons. I was bamboozled by the Dinosaur themed ones – but alas, there are no special dinosaur colors. Because my rant about being hoodwinked is beyond the scope of this post, let me tell you how to make the lipstick:
- Cut the crayons: for this project we cut about 2 inches of the crayon off. 2 inches is roughly from the tip of the crayon to right about after the “r” in Crayola. Cut it, unwrap the piece you’ve cut off and set it to the side for now.
- In the pot, pour about an inch of water and set the heat to medium low. Put the custard dish into the pot.
- Add the oil(s) to the dish. The amount of oil you use determines the opacity of the lipstick. If you want it more sheer I would suggest using 1/2 tsp of oil, and a bit less for a more opaque look*.
- Once the oils melt down, add the piece of crayon. We used skewers to stir the crayon and the oil until the crayon melted down.
- Quickly take the custard dish out of the water and pour the lipstick into your container (literally summon your inner swiftness to do this as quickly as possible because the crayon will harden).
- Repeat steps 2-6 for as many crayons as you want.
*After our initial crayon lipstick endeavor, the colors I came out with were awesome – but most of them were pretty sheer. What I decided to do when I made a set of lipsticks for my sister was to decrease the amount of oil. For a more opaque lipstick I used 1/4tsp of coconut oil and then a tiny piece of shae butter.
I’m starting this as a distraction. A distraction from academic writing, from reading, and from life in general. I went to see the infamous big duck in Pittsburgh (a 40 ft. replica of a rubber duck that was docked in the city for a few weeks) today – and one lesson I took away from the gigantic bathtub fowl is that people love to be distracted.
As I stood in a crowd of people waiting to have my picture taken with the behemoth ducky, I really began to contemplate the important role of distraction in my own life. Not only was I concerned about how this duck acted as an “opium of the people,” but I, myself, was enamored enough with the idea of seeing this duck that I ventured out into the city with my cohort members to see it in person. I felt the pressure to have this gigantic symbol of distraction be a part of my life. Seeing it made me feel great but that sense of greatness was fleeting.
I say all of this to say that I am starting this blog as a distraction. Hopefully it will be a worthwhile distraction, unlike the duck. Hopefully I will learn more about myself as I write it. Hopefully it will be more than a fleeting distraction for anyone who reads it.