What do you do when a pastel shatters or with tiny pieces of broken pastel that you can't hold? Don't throw them away, it's simple to make them into a new, usable pastel. You can also use this method to make some new pastel sticks from scratch, or to fix a broken one should you wish to.
Time Required: Some
- Remove all bits of label that may still be sticking to the pastel pieces.
- Sort the bits by color or mix following the rules of color theory if you want to create a new color .
- Break or grind the pastel pieces up as much as you can.
- Add one or two teaspoons of distilled water to the broken pastel.
- Don’t use straight tap water as this may contain chlorine which will bleach the pastel pigment or other chemicals or minerals that may interact with it.
- Mix into a thick paste with a palette knife or your fingers.
- Roll the paste up into a pastel shape using your fingers.
- If it’s too wet, remove some of the excess moisture with a piece of absorbent paper, such as paper towel.
- Leave to dry at room temperature for at least 24 hours.
- If you’re using pieces of extremely soft pigment, using skimmed milk instead of water will make your new pastel slightly harder.