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Old 10-26-2010, 06:42 PM   #1
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I'm talking about the tightly rolled paper stumps that can be used for blending prismacolor pencils with odorless mineral spirits. I've heard that you can use sandpaper to sharpen them, but what size grit of sandpaper should I use? Should I stroke in one direction or back and forth? Any other tips or sharpening suggestions?
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I purchased a sandpaper thingy at my local fine art store that was made to sharpen prisma pencils. I have no idea what the grit is to be honest but it is fairly rough. This item comes with 10 sheets of sandpaper stapled to a wooden handle so when 1 piece is used up you could just rip it off and go on to the second sheet. I was told to always go in 1 direction. In all honesty when I run out of the sandpaper thingy, I plan on using regular sandpaper cut down for easier use- it is to save $$ so I can buy other things.

In a local city we have a Fine Art and Music Center and this is where I purchase all my prisma pencils and extras at- they are a great shop inside for all their students to buy things they need to attend classes- but it is open to the public.

I wish I could have been a better help- but I have no idea what the name of the sandpaper sharpener is or the grit of the sandpaper.

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I just use an emery board.
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oh and I kinda spin twist it to keep it at a point. But I don't like my stumps too pointy anyway. Not sure if I'm killing them or what but it works for me
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I use the emery boards as well. They are inexpensive and the right size for cleaning/sharpening the stumps. I generally turn the stump as I brush it over the emery board.
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I use a sanding block. It has a lot more surface area and is easier use. I lay it on the table, sandpaper up, and run the stump across the sandpaper while twisting it to get a good point. Works great and last a really long time.
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I just use an emery board.
That's what I do as well- works great
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You could also use a pencil sharpener when it's dry to get it back down to a point. I'll do that after sanding with my emery board (which eventually dulls the point).
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