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Are STOCKMAR products free of allergens?

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All STOCKMAR products are free of the following allergens: Eggs and egg shells, peanuts, fish, gluten/cereals containing gluten, shellfish/crustaceans, lupines, milk/lactose, casein, nuts and nut oils, sulfur dioxide, celery, mustard, sesame and sesame oil, and mollusks. In addition, we do not use preservatives like parabens, formaldehyde releasers, and isothiazolinones, including methylisothiazolinone. The allergen soy is only contained in the color wheel paints.

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Which STOCKMAR products are vegan?

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Our purely vegan products (i.e. free of animal ingredients) are: Opaque colors, colored pencils, color wheel paints, decorating wax. In its wax crayons (blocks and crayons) STOCKMAR uses pure beeswax, which is essential to these products due to its special light and warmth qualities. Fel tauri powder (ox gall) is used for the watercolor paints (with the exception of the color wheel paints). No animal testing is carried out for STOCKMAR products. 

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For which age groups are STOCKMAR products suitable?

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STOCKMAR products are suitable for ages 3 and up*. They promote various levels of sensory perception. The sense of sight is promoted through harmoniously coordinated colors (based on Goethe’s color wheel) and the sense of smell through the pleasant scent of beeswax. The transparency of the colors appeals to the emotions, and the pleasant texture and the ergonomic properties of the material foster the sense of touch. By drawing shapes, children also learn fine-motor skills, and the color gradients train their sense of balance.
*Small parts pose a choking hazard as children under 3 years of age tend to put things in their mouths. We have included a corresponding warning notice on the packaging.

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Can I use STOCKMAR products for purposes other than painting on paper?

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STOCKMAR products are manufactured as artist or school paints for painting on paper or other substrates, which ultimately serve as media for paintings/works of art. There are hardly any limits to the artistic diversity here. However, they are not intended as food coloring and are therefore not suitable for use in any food-related product or field. Likewise, STOCKMAR products are not intended for cosmetic purposes. We are often asked whether STOCKMAR paints (especially watercolor and opaque paints) are suitable for painting wooden toys. The paints shine beautifully on light, untreated wood, but are not water- and saliva-resistant, which is required for toys. If you want to use painted wood for decorative purposes, we recommend that you finish the painted wooden objects with a protective coat (varnish, wood glaze, wax, oil, or a similar treatment). 

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How lightfast are STOCKMAR colors?

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The pigments used in our STOCKMAR products have a lightfastness of about 7 to 8 (according to the Blue Wool Scale).



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What do the quality seals on STOCKMAR products mean?

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Ever since STOCKMAR began manufacturing wax crayons, we have been wholeheartedly committed to producing only products that are entirely safe both in terms of health and the environment. To ensure this, we naturally select ingredients that comply with all current European Community rules and regulations for product safety (CE marking). More specifically, requirements for children’s toys are codified in the Toy Safety Directive. STOCKMAR products are tested according to DIN EN 71. And wherever we feel that these provisions don’t go far enough, we apply the pertinent food and cosmetics safety provisions. STOCKMAR thus has a comprehensive monitoring program that takes into account all hazardous material groups that can be present in raw materials or after production in wax crayons, watercolor paints, modeling beeswax, decorating wax, opaque colors, and colored pencils. In cooperation with an independent laboratory, we carry out finished-product controls and raw-material controls on all raw-material batches delivered to us without exception. We display our consistent product quality, achieved through careful ingredient selection and controls, on our packaging. Here customers will find the CE label as well as additional STOCKMAR seals of quality like the quality certificates “spiel gut,” awarded by the German association Arbeitsausschuss Kinderspiel und Spielzeug e.V. (www.spielgut.de), and “AP – conforms to ASTM D-4236,” awarded by the American organization ACMI (www.acmiart.org).

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Where can I get a product data sheet?

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Where are STOCKMAR products manufactured?

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STOCKMAR wax crayons (blocks and crayons), watercolor paints, modeling beeswax and decorating wax are produced at our headquarters in Kaltenkirchen. STOCKMAR colored pencils are produced in Taiwan and our opaque colors in Italy. The cooperation we enjoy with partners around the world is based on the high standards we both set in terms of quality, health, and environmentally friendly production methods.

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How do I properly dispose of STOCKMAR products?

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All of our packaging is made of recyclable materials such as cardboard, tinplate, wood and PE. They can be disposed of or recycled with the respective household waste. STOCKMAR products themselves are environmentally friendly and biodegradable. However, as some raw-material components have a rather long decomposition cycle, they are not suitable for composting.

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What is to be said about the STOCKMAR color range?

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The STOCKMAR color wheel is based on Goethe’s theory of color. Indeed, the harmony between the three primary colors of red, yellow and blue and the secondary colors of orange, green and violet follows this principle. To achieve this harmony, STOCKMAR continuously tests the pigments available on the market. The colorants must meet many criteria, such as safety for use in toys, insolubility in the material to be colored and in water (and thus physiologically non-reactive), brilliant and transparent in color, heat and migration resistance, and high lightfastness.

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How can I remove stains caused by STOCKMAR products?

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We all know there are no limits to an artist’s creativity—no matter the age. If an unsuitable medium is used, the following procedures have proven to be effective for removing wax crayon stains:

  1. Wax can be absorbed with absorbent paper (e.g. blotting paper) and a hot iron. Place the paper on the affected area and iron it hot until the wax is absorbed by the paper.

  2. Try to heat the wax with a hair dryer and remove it with a soft cloth.

  3. For heat-sensitive materials, use a cold degreaser, available from any standard hardware store. Please try it first on an inconspicuous place to ensure that it does not cause discoloration or damage. Please also note the instructions on the package.

  4. In case of doubt, take it to a professional cleaner.  

Watercolor paints can be easily removed with soap and water. For particularly stubborn stains, various stain tinctures or special stain sprays can help. These are available from specialist retailers.

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How do I preserve my artwork?

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To ensure the longevity of a work of art, we recommend using fixatives. Depending on the application system, you can acquire these from specialist retailers.

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What can I do with STOCKMAR products?

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There are no limits to an artist’s creativity—no matter the age. You can find some suggestions here:  publications/creative tips