Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Crayola Gel Markers: the lowdown from Crayola

Judi says:
Today the question is my own. I wrote a letter to Crayola asking about their gel markers. I used them on this ATC to alter the photograph of my daughter and her salmon. I was curious what made their gel marker different than their regular marker. Although they didn't give the formulation of the gel marker, they did give me some interesting information. I like the fact that they think I'm young enough to write a science report, LOL.

Dear Judi,

Thank you for your e-mail and for choosing Crayola Markers as the topic
of your science report. I am happy to help you.

Binney & Smith manufactures markers under the Crayola brand name in
both original and washable formulas. The main ingredients in both are
water, glycerin and dyes. More specific ingredient information is
considered proprietary. All Crayola markers are made of five components, which
are a water based color solution, a porous plastic nib, a plastic
barrel, a cotton filament and a cap. Pictures of the manufacturing process
for Crayola markers can be viewed on our site at the following address:


Although Crayola Gel Markers are washable, they are different in where
they can be used. They work well on black and dark paper and because
of their special formula they also work well on glossy paper and poster
boards. Other Crayola Markers don't work as well on these surfaces.
Where most Crayola markers are packaged and stored upright, Crayola Gel
markers should be stored horizontally. They are packed that way and
for best performance should be stored the same way. It is also
recommended that Gel markers be kept away from heat sources to prevent premature
drying out.

I hope this has been helpful to you. If you have further questions,
please e-mail back or call us at (800) 272-9652 weekdays between 9:00 AM
and 4:00 PM Eastern Time and we will be happy to assist you.

We appreciate your interest in Crayola and our products and wish you
the best of luck with your project.

Colorfully yours,

Debbie Lintvedt
Consumer Affairs Representative

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