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$703
pledged of $16,500pledged of $16,500 goal
21
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 10 2014 2:15 PM UTC +00:00

About

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 Mini Cooker technology gives broken, discarded, and disappointing crayons new life. Unlike other crayon makers that use a light bulb as a heating source and take 40 minutes or more just to melt crayons, the patent pending Mini Cooker in just 4-9 minutes melt the crayons before your eyes. The microwave is a safe alternative to old, unsafe, and insufficient methods in the oven with a closed door. Parents and kids can recreate and build real crayons together with this simple and safe method. A simple double boiler technique, which is utilized in an innovative and sophisticated way, allows the steam to quickly and safely melt the crayons. The insulated design protects hands from the hot liquid inside so that it’s safe to hold immediately out of the microwave. The crayons are melted inside an easy-to-pour and disposable cup, allowing parents to enjoy a clean and manageable process!

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!

Kids' showing their creativity
Kids' showing their creativity

Features:

 

Instruction:

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

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Product Development

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.

(Left) Before melted; (Right) After melted
(Left) Before melted; (Right) After melted

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.

(Left) Before melted; (Right) After melted
(Left) Before melted; (Right) After melted

 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.

(Left) Before melted; (Right) After melted
(Left) Before melted; (Right) After melted
Very first prototype
Very first prototype

 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).

Final Prototype
Final Prototype

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!

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About us:

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. 

Frog Tape
Frog 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:

GPG2 Universal Mobile Phone Stand
GPG2 Universal Mobile Phone Stand

 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. 

GPG2 Mobile Safe Case
GPG2 Mobile Safe Case

 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. 

Real Crayon Maker
Real Crayon Maker

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!

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    Thank you for the support! You will receive a big hug from us via email! Every penny you pledge will brighten a child's imagination.

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    You will receive 100x color crayons for your valued support. These colorful new crayons will give your children joy and a lot of creative fun!

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    Basic Starter Kit: You can get started bringing your Crayon imagination to life for our lowest cost offer right now with this reward - 1x Mini Cooker + 1x Crayon Mold + 25x Cups

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    Advanced Starter Kit: Making traditional crayon shapes is fun, but we also include our own exclusive Character Mold and one additional Mini Cooker for your color mixing creativity! You will receive 2x Mini Cookers + 1x Crayon Mold + 50x Cups + 1x Character Mold.

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    Family Pack: Maybe we should call this Families Pack because each of three families can each use one set! This way you can share your creative love with two other families. You will receive three complete sets of the Real Crayon Maker in individual boxes, this includes 3x Caddies + 3x Mini Cookers + 3x Crayon Molds + 75x Cups + 3x Character Molds + 300x Color Crayons!

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    Holiday Pack: You may not be an Early bird but you are still special to us! Our Ultimate reward for you and everyone you know at a great price! Your family, friends, relatives and co-workers can all share in the fun, not just on holidays but everyday and all because of you! With this reward, you will receive TEN complete sets of the Real Crayon Maker in individual boxes, this includes 10x Caddies + 10x Mini Cookers + 10x Crayon Molds + 750x Cups + 10x Character Molds + 1000x Color Crayons! Wow-Wow!!!

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