Real Crayon Maker- Making crayons faster than scrambled eggs
The fastest and easiest way to create new, unique shaped crayons while recycling your old ones - Inspiring your kids like never before.
The Real Crayon Maker is designed to make coloring more fun and creative by recycling your old crayons into new exciting shapes! Children do not like dull, broken crayons and the traditional crayon sharpening methods can quickly turn your favorite crayon into small pieces. Simply melting crayons in a hot oven is not safe for little fingers and you still need a mold to make new crayons. Existing crayon makers can take up to an hour to make 4 little, poorly shaped crayons. That’s where the Real Crayon Maker speed and versatility comes into action.
The Real Crayon Maker comes with silicone molds that are easy to fill and your new crayons pop right out. You’ll have perfect crayons every single time! If you’re bored with the traditional crayon shapes, now you will have the tools to create new crayons in the shapes of different characters. Encourage your children to explore and create crayons with this simple process and they’ll be inspired and entertained like never before! The Real Crayon Maker is by far the fastest and easiest way to create new unique shaped crayons while recycling your old ones!
1. Fill with the water to the line
2. Place broken and unwanted crayon into the provided cup
3. Microwave for recommended time (4-9 minutes depending on volume of crayons)
4. Pour the melted crayons into desired shapes or molds
5. After cooling (5-10 minutes), your new masterpieces are now complete!
How It Works
The steam from the boiling water will safely and quickly melt the crayons inside the cup.
Why & How We Created It
The initial idea was to stack two cups on one another, one with water and the other with crayons. We found out that this method only took a few minutes to melt the crayons in the microwave. As a result, we discovered that this is the best solution for melting crayons in a fast, safe, efficient manner. This started our direction for the further product development.
We tried it again with the same idea, except this time with fancier design (small cup inside was secured by tooth picks), as the picture shown below. This concept was not convenient for taking the cup out for pouring and further experiment was needed to perfect the product.
We then came out with the design with the removable cup after the crayons were melted. However, the pressure generated from the steam pushing the removable cup upward during the microwaving process proved to be unsafe. As you can see in the picture below, the cup lifted up after taking it out from the microwave.
Finally, we figured out the best way to secure the removable cup while allowing the steam going through the lid. Several “locks” are added around the bottom of the lid (red circle in the middle), which secures the cup to the lid to prevent spills while microwaving (red arrow on the right).
We do not stop here, however, we believe it will be improved as the campaign goes!
So please check back often as we will have more updates!
At GPG2, we believe that design is both an art and a science, with experience being the cornerstone of both. For over 30 years we have been designing great consumer products. Our developed prodcuts have reached retail outlets such as Home Depot, Lowes, Sherwin Williams, Costco, Wal-Mart, Ace, True Value and other retailers around the world. Brand names include Polaroid, Case Logic, Bracketron, Shurtape and many more. We strive to make people’s lives simpler and more efficient with practical designs and great implementation.
Experience Creating Products
George is no amateur when it comes to creative problem solving. Years ago he got frustrated when wall paint kept bleeding under the edge of the masking tape he was using, so he invented the now-familiar Frog Tape®, using a gelling agent that turns paint into a gel the moment it touches the edge of the tape.
He found the gelling agent, a super-absorbent polymer, in a magic store at the Mall of America. Since then his company, Great Products Group 2 (gpg2.com) has continued to create useful products including unique phone stands, laptop stands, and tablet stands. The GPG2 Universal Phone Stand pictured here:
Mobile Safe Case for SIM and memory cards, the first successfully funded project on Kickstarter, has outlived a real breakthrough on the market of similar products, and once more proved Geogre Gruber's designer skills, making profit as pledged, getting positive customers's feedbacks along the way.
Real Crayon Maker is just another great idea developed and designed to help you encourage your children's creativity and put an F into fun, thanks to innovative design and ground-breaking idea of recycling and reusing old crayons.
Risks and challenges
Our first Kickstarter project (Mobile Safe Case) was the successfully funded and shipped to our supporters ahead of schedule. With the gained experience we believe that the Real Crayon Maker project will be completed on schedule. We are worked very hard to eliminate all the foreseeable delays when approaching production: I have 30 years experience in manufacturing hardware, production tooling has been designed, and we're working with suppliers with a great deal of experience in manufacturing these type of products.
Although unforeseen challenges are sure to appear at less-than-opportune times, we're confident that we have the team and the relationships to overcome these obstacles in getting a product into your hands.
We appreciate your support and look forward to having you join us on our journey!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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