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Old 04-19-2013, 03:20 AM   #1
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Just a thought... Does this have the possibility of working, or is the crayon wax far too flakey? Maybe there's a chemical additive that could prevent this? I've got a lot of crayons over here from when my ex girlfriend went yard sale crazy and bought a five gallon bucket of crayons.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:34 AM   #2
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All I know is that crayons stink when melted. I'm assuming its the dye.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:17 PM   #3
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I've used crayons and they work but obviously not as good a bottle wax. Sort of brittle and it cracks really easy. I have added glue sticks to the crayons with some success.

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Old 04-19-2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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Not by itself, here, the crayons become the colorant...

Hot Glue bottle wax experiment
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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The hot glue sticks sound awesome. I have used candle wax before and it is very brittle. But I bet there would be a ratio you could figure out for hot glue and paraffin wax with crayons used as coloring.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:34 PM   #6
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Here's a good write up on how to wax dip your bottles.

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Old 04-20-2013, 07:52 AM   #7
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Well see, I'd like to know about the different make up of "proper" bottling wax, as against the hot glue stick and the parafin wax/pigmentation that makes up crayons.

Whether there's any potential health issue etc.

After all, the linked guidance showing the dipped beer bottles is showing a crown cap, which already gives an air tight seal.

A corked bottle would be somewhat different. Some micro-oxygenation will take place over time and is there likely anything that might cause issue ?

"Proper" bottle sealing wax has proven properties etc.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:49 PM   #8
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I've eaten plenty of crayons in my younger years, with no ill effects (despite what my wife says).

Most likely, the crayons won't hurt you. The glue, however.....
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