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What is the proper way to sharpen a pencil?

The word "proper" is in quotations for a reason: many artists share that opinion, but it's opinion. The proper way depends on you. The reason for knife sharpening of pencils is so that you're able to ...
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What can I do to stop my colored pencils from falling apart?

Prismacolor pencils are notorious for lead breakage, but the creamy lay down keeps folks coming back. However, there are some things you can do to moderate the problem, in general (I'm going to answer ...
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Keep pencil leads from breaking during transportation?

You either need to immobilize the pencil in a separate container or put something on the end of the pencil to absorb the impact of being hit. Erica covers immobilizing the pencils well so I will focus ...
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Keep pencil leads from breaking during transportation?

A colleague of mine carries her 100+ colored pencil collection in a fabric pencil roll. The pencils slot into little rectangles or elastic along a rectangle of fabric, and then the rectangle is rolled ...
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What is the proper way to sharpen a pencil?

I prefer a mixture of knife ( /blade) and sharpener (instead only sharpener) mainly for economy purpose. (For safety and better-grip, visitors could use knife, not blade) for the following causes: ...
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What can I do to stop my colored pencils from falling apart?

A small tip when you buy a new color pencil, if it has a round shape and it is the case of the prismacolor, you can make them roll on a plane surface. If one does not roll as the well as the others it ...
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Jammed lead in mechanical pencil: how to expel?

Jams aren't just broken lead. They often include a chunk of lead wedged in the jaws of the mechanism, and may include lead debris and powder that have been compacted in the feed tube or mechanism. ...
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Jammed lead in mechanical pencil: how to expel?

When I had a similar problem, I used a stripped wire as a DIY cleaning rod. Depending on the size of lead, you could also use a regular sewing needle, straight pin (they come in extra fine as well), ...
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What is the proper way to sharpen a pencil?

I use any kind of sharpener to get some of the outer wood off and expose the graphite. I create the tip with sandpaper.
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