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Old 01-03-2018, 01:49 PM
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Freezing pastels

I'm transporting my pastels from WI to Florida and want to know if/how freezing impacts pastel sticks. I'd like to leave them in the car at night, but won't if they're going to crumble. Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:13 PM
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Re: Freezing pastels

That's a question I've not seen answered. Hopefully our members from colder areas will chime in. Personally, I would take them in at night.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:31 PM
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Re: Freezing pastels

If you think about it, most UPS / FedEx shipments by truck in the winter are in unheated trailers, so probably all pastels shipped in winter conditions have been frozen for a few days already. Freezing shouldn't have any immediate impact on pastels - but - the expansion and contraction caused by repeatedly going from sub freezing temps to room temperature as would happen in a vehicle, might cause stress cracks that are invisible to the naked eye, causing breakage later.

For peace of mind, you cold call one of the major pastel makers and ask their thoughts before subjecting your expensive set to the cold.
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Re: Freezing pastels

I really wouldn't worry about it. They don't have water in them. Humidity is more of an issue I think.....maybe put some of those silica gel packs in with the pastels.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:46 PM
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Re: Freezing pastels

You could actually test this with a few disliked sticks in the freezer for a week, just make sure they're sealed without moisture. I've seen a lot of plein air painters go out into bitter snowy weather with pastels though. Karen Margulis does not seem to have a problem with freezing pastels in winter scenes. She was painting in Iceland so it had to get pretty cold out!
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I go out in the bitter freezing cold with my pastels! they are fine. They dont mind the cold.
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