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Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencils are made from pure raw materials to create a pastel pencil paste that is fed by hand into round moulding dies, oven-dried in special baskets, carefully glued between two strips of the finest California cedar, and cut into lengths to produce several pencils. Four coats of clear varnish are applied, and great care is taken to exactly match the color cap to the shade of the pastel. As a final step, the pencils are sharpened in a double-cone process, a particularly delicate operation for such a fragile product.
Features of these pencils include a large lead diameter (4.7 mm) with a strong point and a rich texture that adheres well to most surfaces. Creamy to apply, the pencils shade easily, while their hexagonal, rounded barrels reduce the risk of breakage from rolling off work surfaces.
The color range for the Pastel Pencils includes a well-balanced selection of 84 shades that are vivid, luminous, natural (toned down), and respond perfectly to the needs of professional pastelists. Also included is a wide range of clear and dark flesh tones, and shades of Cobalt Blue, Green Earth, Beige, and cold and warm Grays often sought by pastelists who love a variety and depth of shades.
Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencils are also exceptionally lightfast. Of the range of 84 colors, 61 keep their intensity and luminosity unchanged for more than 50 years, and some even up to 100 years.
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good quality, but be aware of what you're getting.
Comments about Caran d'Ache Caran d’Ache Pastel Pencils and Pastel Cubes:
Sampled a variety of pastel pencils recently, and tried them all side by side (Conte, Cretacolor, Caran d'ache, Faber Castell, Stabilo, Derwent), blending each together with charcoal and white pastel on the same brand/tooth of art paper for careful comparison. I expected a lot from Caran d'Ache for the price, which is considerably higher than other brands. While the saturation and richness were top notch, I found Caran d'Ache to be the only brand I tried that would not satisfactorily blend with black and white charcoal. Whereas pastel pencils usually have a relatively charcoal-like quality and texture, the Caran d'Ache are much more like oil pastels encased in wood. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with this, but it makes them very buttery and "wet," and for my particular usage, in which blending together with non-Caran d'Ache blacks, whites, and other colors/brands is paramount, this was actually the only brand that was flat-out unusable. I'm very glad I tried an individual pencil first. I do find Caran d'Ache's quality to generally be above average in most cases, if excessively priced, but just be aware of the fact that their pastel pencils have a very different kind of consistency than competing brands, and they don't play well together.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Love the colors
Just love the pastel pencils to do the fine detail I need. Covers well.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Stick pastels in a pencil
from Mesa AZ
I wanted to try but I'm not enough of a artist to use this. Maybe some day
from Brighton, Co
As in the other comments, it takes more than one brand to get the job done for me.
Pure soft color
from Agawam, MA
I love the creaminess of these pencils. They are a joy to draw with. I had a bit of difficulty sharpening them versus the Pitts and the Carbothellos but have since found a sharpener that does the trick. They are a lot more expensive than the other brands but I still keep a set and use them often because of their quality color. Make a note that not all the Caran d'Ache colors are the same lightfasteness rating. if you are an artist selling your work you'll want to pay attention to the number "*" each has for colorfastness rating.
Smooth Classy Pencil
from San AntonioTexas
I bought a couple of these pastel pencils to compliment my SKIN tone collection. THEY ARE very smooth! I can see that these pencils are top quality. They are expensive. I wish they were AP rated like Faber. They individual ones I ordered were AP. But so many are not. This is my own preference that I want Art supplies that are the safest rated. However, for years Artists have used traditional materials even before we had these ratings for safety use available. I don't know that they have posed such danger that Artists were getting cancer. But awareness is good today. And it gives me a measure of confidence that these things are checked out by Environmental Agencies to protect the public. That being said these Pastels are probably the best you can get. They are expensive. And I will tell you this, The Faber Castell Pastels are the best value.
from Redmond, OR
These are super pastel pencils....colors are highly pigmented, lots of choices....texture is great, very very blendable. Love them, but the price is prohibitive. Not sure they are that much nicer than some of the other pastel pencils for the extra $.
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from Rockford, IL
The ever-so-fragile Caron d'Ache pastel pencils arrived inpristine shape. The amazing color selection enhances possibilities for fine details.
Gorgeous color, excellent quality
By Natalie O
from Port Wentworth, GA
I bought a handful of open stock pastel pencils of various brands to try them out. I got 6 of these pencils. The colors are wonderful. The Payne's grey is gorgeous. I got a couple shades of muted violet and a couple of greens and plum. I The down side to many sets is the tendency for them to have "rainbow"colors. The Caran d'Ache pastel pencils come in some lovely muted tones. The color lays down very smoothly. Really beautiful. They are expensive, but really nice. I would love to have the whole set!
Caron d'Ache Wins Again
By Keystone Art
from Abilene, TX
I am chiefly an oil painter, but I fell in love with watercolor and pastel years ago, so occasionally I take breaks from my main medium. Recently I was looking for a way to add detail to my pastels, and as I shopped I saw so many wonderful brands at Dick Blick. Long ago, on a trip to Switzerland, I discovered Caran d'Ache, and I've counted on this brand for the best in watercolor pencils and watercolor pastels ever since. So, in spite of the higher price, I chose them.Not only is the pigment extremely fine, but the pencil design - form, weight, and color - is wonderful. I am enormously pleased! Thank you, Caran d'Ache and Dick Blick.
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