Thanks for the sharpening tips. Are all handheld pencil sharpeners created
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>Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] sharpening colored pencils
>Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2005 21:44:06 -0700 (PDT)
>--- jane mary <email@example.com> wrote:I have an
>electric sharpener that works really well with regular
>pencils but gets plugged up when I put colored pencils
> > Any suggestions?
>I think one of the best things my college drawing
>professor taught me was how to sharpen pencils. His
>first rule was to always sharpen the end away from the
>part number or name of the color. The second was to
>always use a manual pencil sharpener. His reasoning
>was that the electric and wall mounted sharpeners cut
>the pencil longer. In the case of Ebony pencils this
>leaves the soft lead thin and it breaks easily. The
>manual sharpeners leave a shorter tip that is also
>broader and therefore stronger. Prismacolor pencils
>will clog your electric sharpener because the blades
>heat up a bit and Prismas are clay based pencils. So
>they gum up the works. My school supply list has a
>manual pencil sharpener on it for each student to
>purchase. I don't even have an electric or wall
>mounted sharpener in my room. I have a day that I
>dedicated just to teaching about the different drawing
>pencils, colored pencils and such. I taught about
>their uses, how to care for them, how to sharpen them
>and so on. I like to make sure the students know how
>to care for the supplies.
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