How Are Wax Crayons Made?
Crayon manufacturing is a simple process, but one which is still relatively labor intensive. Wax crayons begin as wax and colored powders called pigments. At the crayon factory, mixing machines stir the powdered pigment into melted wax. The hot colored wax is then poured onto a mold table where the liquid color flows into crayon-shaped holes.
After the colored wax hardens into crayons, a machine wraps each stick in a paper wrapper that matches the color of the crayon. Crayons were invented less than a century ago and came only in black. Storekeepers used them to mark prices. Today, crayons come in 72 different colors.
Over the past 10 years, additional ingredients have been added to crayons. One of the most popular is glitter, small pieces of reflective material that make the crayon-produced work shine as it catches and reflects random beams of light. Perfumes and other scents can also be added to the mix.