Wednesday, October 27, 2010

crayons gone wild!

well look who decided to blog their lip gloss/crayon project?
haha enjoy!

To complete this project you will need:
  • Crayons (recycled of course)
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Wooden sticks or dowel rods (chop sticks work great)
  • Candy mold or ice cube trays
  • Large Pan

You will need a small, heat resistant container, such as a stainless steel measuring cup. Use the smallest one you have.

The following quantity will fit easily into most lip balm tins, but you will have a little left over if you are using a tube, which usually holds only 0.15oz. For the triple lipstick mold, double the recipe.

Here is the basic recipe:
  • 1/2 crayon of your favorite color (approx 2.4g)
  • 1/2 tsp jojoba oil (approx 2 g)
  • 1 almond-sized chunk of shea butter (approx 2g)

Ingredients you can add to the above:
  • 1 pea-sized dab of lanolin (improves feel and possibly color distribution)
  • 1 pinch gum arabic (improves color distribution and durability of color)
  • 1 drop vitamin E (helps prevent oil from becoming rancid, improves shelf life)
  • 1 pinch zinc oxide (makes color lighter and more opaque, offers protection against UVA and UVB sun rays -- but make sure your wax mixture is well stirred before you pour)

Alternate ingredients:

You can replace shea butter with cocoa butter (will make lipstick slightly more firm)
You can replace jojoba oil with castor oil (will make a glossier lipstick)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This is the book I was talking about in class a couple of weeks ago. The Oxford Project reminded me of Alex's tentative effort in/on Camden Point.

I think it is also applicable to the class as a whole.


See you all tonight

Monday, October 18, 2010


Hey guys,
I found a online petition site!!! whooo...
I would greatly appreciate the signatures and if you'd pass it along.