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Old 09-26-2006, 03:54 AM
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help my pastel broke!

Hi I'm new to the forum. I just bought my first set of sennelier half sticks and I just dropped one! It shattered on the floor. Help! How do I fix it!
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Old 09-26-2006, 05:32 AM
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Re: help my pastel broke!

Just try to make a powder of it. I usually do it in a little glass bowl with the back of a spoon. Once it is a powder without lumps, add a few drops of alcohol or demineralised water. Make a paste of it and form it into shape. Let it dry and you have got a perfectly usuable pastel again. Good luck.
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Re: help my pastel broke!

I've dropped a few of my pastels and I just the shards for little places that need a good sharp edge and the rest of it goes into the "make a new pastel" jar - just as Marina describes.
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Re: help my pastel broke!

Hi,

I have the 80 halfs of Sennelier and I like them alot.
I have dropped them sometimes, but never had one shattered.
One it's not too much broken, it can even be good for making details.
If you make a new stick, like said before, save a bit or two for small details.

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Re: help my pastel broke!

Thanks for the great suggestions. I ground it up and used the demineralized water to mould it into a new stick. How long should I let it dry? And will it work as well as it did before?
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Re: help my pastel broke!

I don't know exactly how long it takes. I would leave it to dry for a few days. The new pastel will work just as well as it did before.
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Re: help my pastel broke!

Hi:

When it appears to be dry after about 2 to 3 days, pick it up. If it feels a little cool, it is probably still a little wet, so let it dry a little longer. When it doesn't feel cooler any more, it is probably dry. (Based on ceramic clay drying - something isn't dry enough to fire when it still feels cool.) Hope this helps.
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Wow! I didn't realize it takes so long to dry. Guess I'll have to be patient. I used water this time but is there a downside to using alcohol? Just wondering in case this happens again. Thanks.
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Re: help my pastel broke!

Hi,

Alchool will evaporate sooner. Don't know if there are any inconvenients.
Usually pastels are made with tragacanth (sp?), if I'm not mistaken. Or is it arabic ?

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