If you’re into arts and crafts, chances are, you’ve seen the Cray-Pen, a painting tool that lets you apply melted crayons onto all sorts of surfaces. It’s quite the hit. That’s why, it’s no surprise that the king of crayons is getting in on the game in the form of the Crayola Crayon Melter.
A chunky pen-like instrument similar to the original 3Doodler, the device melts standard Crayola sticks and extrudes it through the writing tip, allowing you to apply melted colored wax to your canvas of choice. Whether you want to add colorful embellishments to the dining table, the bathroom mirror, or a boring action figure you were gifted last Christmas, this thing lets you do it with the same ease and control as doodling with crayons on a sheet of paper.
The Crayola Crayon Melter contains an enclosed heating element inside the device’s body, where it’s fully covered to ensure the pen never gets too hot to the touch. An opening at the top allows you to drop unwrapped crayons into the heating chamber, where it can melt before coming out as your drawing material. From what we can tell, you’ll need to insert the crayons while the pen is inserted on the included dock, since you’ll need it to power the heating element, which will melt the crayon before you can use the pen. It takes around a minute to fully melt a stick of crayon, after which, you can remove the pen and squeeze the tube the push the wax out of the extruder tip, allowing you to fashion melted crayon art.
Handling the drawing tube should feel no different to handling a really thick marker, which should give you a lot of control over whatever you’re drawing or writing. Whether you’re adding some cool tattoos to your sister’s Barbie, a handlebar moustache to your brother’s Incredible Hulk action figure, or some fancy ornamentation to your dad’s car (ouch), this thing will let you apply the melted wax in a controlled manner.
The Crayola Crayon Melter’s extruded crayons work just as you would imagine any melted wax would work, cooling and drying on whatever surface they land on within seconds. We have no idea how strong the hold of the wax is on each type of surface, but based on past melted crayon projects we’ve seen, it won’t come off unless you intentionally try to scrape it off. Crayola claims the finished artwork will be waterproof.
According to Crayola, both the tube itself and the extruder tip are safe to the touch, so at no point will kids get burned using this thing. They do, however, recommend it strictly for kids eight and up to ensure they’re past the age of drawing on walls, furniture, and other areas of the house you probably don’t want riddled with crayon markings.
Want one? The Crayola Crayon Melter is slated to come out in August, priced at $25. Do note, it will only come with eight sticks of crayon, so you’ll definitely want to dig up any boxed-up crayons you have in the attic or wait for a sale at the local school supplies store.