Last week we went to the makerspace and did various experiments, focusing on matter. I did an experiment, heating and melting crayons to test the change from solid to liquid. We spent about 2 periods in the makerspace, and below is my documentation of the process.
Testing the behavior of wax in liquid form, the time wax takes to melt, and how it will solidify.
What will happen to crayons under heat?
How can I melt crayons controllably?
How will was change from solid to liquid?
I think that crayons will melt slowly under heat because wax melts slowly under heat(proven by candles,made of wax), and crayons are made of wax.
- 1 Hair Dryer
- 9 crayons (2 red, 2 orange, 2 yellow, 1 light green, 1 dark green, 1 blue-green)
- 1 Hot glue gun + Glue
- 1 Baking mold with uneven bottom
- 1 thin piece of card(2-3 millimeters thick)
Wax melts slower than ice but at a medium pace, and when air is focused on one section of crayons the other sections splatter. Darker colors melt faster than lighter colors. Wax does not stick to surfaces. Wax melts into each other slightly. In liquid form, it will adapt to its new container’s shape.
Future Experiment Possibilities:
- Do darker colors melt faster than lighter colors?
- How dense are crayons in liquid form?
- How can I manipulate crayons while they are in liquid form?