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RE: Re:[teacherartexchange] colored pencils


From: Debbie Nicholas (Debbie.Nicholas_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Sep 29 2008 - 09:34:07 PDT

At TAEA conference one year I learned a trick with PrismaColor pencils.
If they are breaking inside just stick them in a baggie and put in the
microwave for 8 seconds. This will melt the wax binder and they are as
good as new. I have save a lot of money with this trick but I did lose
one black pencil. I am not exactly sure what happened but the wood
split and there was smoke.


-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2008 12:56 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: RE: Re:[teacherartexchange] colored pencils

We buy either the Prismacolor or Crayola pencils, and the absolute best
sharpener we've found so far is the egg-shaped PrismaColor ones. They
don't seem to crack the wood around the "lead" nor have issues if the
lead is a bit off center.

A student has a two-size round "dot" sharpener from Wal-Mart that works
great too, he sharpens it in the smaller side first, then in the larger
to get a very fine point.

I have yet to find an electric sharpener that works on colored pencils

Oh, and Rose Art pencils are pure evil. The lead breaks apart inside,
the color isn't as bright, it's WELL worth it to buy the bigger brand
names for colored pencils.

Laura Drietz
Art Teacher
Brookings Middle School

-----Original Message-----
From: Deanna Bowers []
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2008 11:50 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] colored pencils

I also use small metal sharpeners which work great. They say"Maped" on
them. They work great. I use prismacolor and ticonderoga colored
pencils, but the crayola portfolio series are good too. Deanna

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