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Offline Wendell

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« on: July 14, 2005, 09:27:39 pm »
Art pencils are expensive. I know I go through lots of them when I draw. Prismacolors at $1.50+, sketch pencils for that much or more, and some of the premium colour pencils go for as much as $5 apiece.
I found something a while back that really allows for the most mileage for your money. It's called "The Miser" Pencil Extender, by General Pencil Company. It's a wooden pencil-like shaft, with a steel clamp on the end. Stick your short pencil stubs in this gizmo, and you can sharpen them down to about one inch without having to cramp your fingers gripping them. Definitely saves the fingers and the art materials budget. This fits most standard styles of pencils. It doesn't work with Verithins, unless you wrap tape around the end... the barrel of the pencil is too narrow and it just slips out. It does work great with Prismas and most graphite pencils I've tried. Many art stores carry this product, and the cost is $2.50-$5.00 depending on where you go.

"The Miser" at Utrechtart.com, US$2.99

Some other companies offer similar products, but I haven't tried them specifically. They look very similar, though, and I'd figure they work about the same. This picture is of the Koh-I-Noor Pencil Lengthener, available at here at DickBlick.com.

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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2005, 10:55:01 am »
I have one of those... somewhere.  It's a nifty little gadget but unfortunately I never use it because I always use mechanical pencils.

I <3  Mechanical pencils.  I don't have to sharpen them every two seconds, which in turn saves money on buying pencils.  My only complaint is that it's always hard to find the type of lead that I like.
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2005, 01:37:49 pm »
I don't use regular graphite pencils much anymore, but that would be really nice for some of the colroed pencils I have. I need to find a new box to keep my Crayolas in because my Tan (now "Harvest Gold") pencil is so short I had to chop a section out of the front of the box just to be able to get it otu without having everything else fall out at the same time (it's a 50-pack).
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2005, 09:11:34 pm »
I've been meaning to get one of those *huggles Koh-I-Noor, maker of fine pens*
Do you really pay $1.50 or prismacolors, Wendell? You can get them much cheaper than that, a store near me sells them for maybe 70 cents. Jerry's Artarama might ship them to you.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2005, 11:14:06 pm »
I only buy more Prismacolor pencils when I really need them. When I really need them, the only place that carries them locally is Michaels. $1.49 for a single, plus 6% Michigan sales tax.
It's cheaper than driving to the other sources in the area. Gas prices are up to $2.499 here. Michaels is about half a mile away; the next closest art store is over 30 miles. 8oP>
Mail order usually wouldn't work, because I need them for something I'm already knees-deep in drawing. I'd rather not wait a week to continue.
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2005, 08:07:49 am »
My suggestion:  Buy prismacolors on E-bay.  They are actually pretty cheap there.

I bought my 140 count set on E-Bay for $50.
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2005, 03:40:06 pm »
Thanks, Ulario. That's mail order for me, though. I usually just need single colours (I have about 200 Prismas as it is) and I usually need them right away. Ordering full sets wouldn't help me much.

I used to get my pencils on discount when my sis worked in an art store. They had Prismacolors for about $1.10 per single, and then I got her 40% discount on top of that. 8o)>
When they went out of business, they sold off their stock at 70% off. I picked up one of everything I didn't have. Because I got those so cheap, I don't mind paying full price for the few singles I need now.
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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2005, 04:16:51 pm »
oh yeah, these things are uber useful, especially with your two centimeter long black colour pencils we have four or five of (any real media artists know what I'm talking about). Un fortunately you still get graphite smudges on your hands, less of course you do like ulario and myself and buy mechanicals. something about bics that just..work. ~EoN
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2005, 08:59:53 am »
I'm also a mechanicals user, as, by training, I'm a draftsman, and am used to working with .3, .5, and .7 Alvins.  i can't find .3 MM lead ANYWHERE...or Alvin's site, for that matter.

but when it comes to $1.50 prismas, however, I don't HAVE to wear them down to stubs...no matter how i sharpen the things, the lead breaks about 25 times down the entire length of the shaft...and I always seem to get the ones with the absoluely cheapest wood in them :P

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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2005, 02:10:41 pm »
Quote (sniffswind @ Sep. 30 2005, 8:59 am)
but when it comes to $1.50 prismas, however, I don't HAVE to wear them down to stubs...no matter how i sharpen the things, the lead breaks about 25 times down the entire length of the shaft...and I always seem to get the ones with the absoluely cheapest wood in them :P

Oh, man I hate it when that happens. A few years back in highschool I had a black Prisma roll off my desk. The impact with the floor totally ruined the lead inside. I had to buy a completely new pencil because it just would not stop breaking when I tried to sharpen it.
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