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Ray Berry
06-14-2002, 06:57 AM
How do you sharpen pastels? I have a bit of sandpaper to rub them on, but it seems wastefule somehow.

Do you take them to a point or a chisel edge?

And do you sharpen them all or just the hard ones...?

These are vital questions....

06-14-2002, 10:59 AM
I have a few hard pastels that i sharpen with some fine sandpaper, but only to a chisel edge. I find that its enough to get a good sharp line.(wish I had these hard pastels earlier though, very frustrating trying to make a sharp line with soft pastel). I dont sharpen my soft pastels, they are more expensive than the hard pastels and like you, I dont want to waste them by sanding them down.

Ps. Love the dancer!!:clap:

06-14-2002, 10:59 AM
Hi Ray,

This is a good question. i often wonder about
that myself. Personally, i never sharpen my
pastels (and it shows!!!). Perhaps i should -
i somehow always find a pretty sharp edge somewhere on the tip of the stick. Thanks for
raising this questions. Manooch

06-14-2002, 12:26 PM
I sharpen both hard and soft pastels with a craft knife. I hardly ever use sandpaper as I like to try and save off the dust to be used in backgrounds etc....sprinkle it on and blend in with your favorite blending tool!

Rick R
06-14-2002, 01:00 PM
I break mine when I need a sharp edge.

I could see using a craft knife, but I think I'd try and cut a piece off that was a usable size. I have a hard enough time throwing out the dust!

- Rick