Quick Tip: Prismacolor Pencils (UPDATED)

PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. I MAKE NO CLAIM THAT THIS IS SAFE OR SMART TO DO. IF YOU DO THIS, YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE OUTCOME OF YOUR ACTIONS. IF YOU AGREE, FEEL FREE TO CONTINUE READING.

It’s all happened to us . . .  you sharpen, sharpen, sharpen, and the point of your thick leaded Prismacolor pencil keeps breaking. It’s frustrating, especially if you find that the entire batch is bad . . . So what do you do? (I’ll stop there at the risk of sounding like an infomercial)

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The answer is the microwave!

Yes, your microwave. Better yet, if you have one in your studio, you won’t have to take all your pencils home. The thing is, sometimes when you drop your pencil, or bang it around for a bit, or sometimes through no fault of your own, the entire lead of the pencil is shattered. The Microwave heats up the lead inside the pencil and essentially fuses it together. Now I haven’t done this for some time, so do so at YOUR OWN RISK, but I’ve found success in the past by popping it in there on high for as little as 3 -4 seconds. Any more and the outer coating of the pencil would bubble and crackle.  I also don’t know if you leave it in too long if the lead will then explode, but hey, proceed with caution.

Once nuked, your pencils should be good as . . . well . . . microwaved pencils can be :-)

UPDATE -> Sorry! by lead I mean the waxy core of a prismacolor pencil. Not a graphite pencil!

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  • Anon

    Couldn’t you get the metallic letters off the pencil by simply sanding it off with sand paper? I’d rather have my pencil quickly sanded off the side then wait for my car to be hot and leave it in there