Watching Crayons Get Made Is Even More Fun Than Using Them

We're all kind of old. It's okay! 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 colorful sticks per day—in other words, the start of so, so, so many creative spaceships, weird stick-figures, and illicit wall scrawlings.

What starts out as un-hued paraffin wax gets steam-heated in rail cars, pumped into massive silos—each holds 100,000 pounds!—then filtered through to technicians who dump in the powdered pigment and strengtheners. Those batches are passed onto a rotary mold 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 (even if we already knew all about it from Mr. Rogers). Check out more pics over at Wired. [Wired]


Alissa Walker

Man, this is so good, but you're right, Fred showed us the original, which is always in my brain when I use a crayon: