Watching Crayons Being Made is Even More Fun Than Using Them

By Jordan Kushins on at

We're all kind of old. It's OK! Happens to everyone. And while our collective childlike wonder at the world has been gradually erased by the realities of Life, there are still a few simple things that wield the power to make us go "Ooooh." Crayons are kind of like that. Turns out, how they're made is just as fun as making art with the finished paper-wrapped product.

Wired got a behind-the-rainbow look at the Crayola factory in Easton, Pennsylvania, which produces 12 million colourful sticks per day — in other words, the start of so, so, so many creative spaceships, weird stick-figures, and illicit wall scribblings.

Process Crayola from WIRED on Vimeo.

What starts out as un-hued paraffin wax gets steam-heated in rail cars, pumped into massive silos then filtered through to technicians who dump in the powdered pigment and strengtheners. Those batches are passed onto a rotary mould with enough space for 110 crayons, which get sticky labels and are sorted according to pigment.

The whole process is a beautiful, fascinating sight to behold. Check out more pics over at Wired. [Wired]