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Crayon Moisture Matters

Crayon Moisture Matters


Hello and welcome to Moisture Matters, the
show where we take your everyday and not so everyday objects and test them to see which
has more moisture. Today we’re testing crayons! Which do you think has more moisture, paraffin
wax or beeswax crayons? Let’s find out. For today’s test, we’ll be testing the
moisture content of Crayola crayons, which are made primarily of paraffin wax, and Honeysticks
crayons, which are made from 100% beeswax. To test the crayons, we selected the same
color from each brand and finely chopped them. After weighing the samples in their respective
sample bottles, we placed them on the transport, entered their weights into the moisture analyzers,
selected the correct program, and started the tests. While most commercial crayons are made using
paraffin wax, they can also be made using materials like beeswax, soy wax, carnauba wax or a mixture of petroleum based and natural waxes. A variety of colors can be added using natural
or synthetic pigments. The type, or types, of wax, colorants, and
additives in the mixture help determine rub off, color depth and overall feel of the final
product. Moisture content is a game of balance when
it comes to crayon production. Too much moisture can alter rub off quality
and lead to pitting and bubbles, which negatively affect the strength of the final product. Too little moisture can also affect rub off
and can cause crayons to be brittle and more susceptible to breakage. Monitoring the moisture content in crayon
production helps manufacturers ensure a more consistent final product that meets quality
standards. With our tests completed, you can see that
the Crayola crayons have more than 3 times the moisture of the Honeysticks 100% pure
beeswax crayons. This difference is most likely due to the
differences in main ingredients and additives in the two types of crayons. Thanks for joining us on Moisture Matters. We hope you learned something new today, or at
least enjoyed watching us test the moisture content of crayons. If you did, let us know by liking, commenting
and subscribing. And remember, in matters of moisture, nothing
matters more than moisture matters. If you like this video, click on the box to
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