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How to Fix Broken PanPastels

How to Fix Broken PanPastels

PanPastel are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan, cake-like format. The cake or disk shaped design makes them very compact and easily portable, however, this does put them at risk of breaking into many little pieces if they're dropped (just like a make up compact). Our shipping team does wrap and protect the pans, but this article can help you in case they show up broken or if you drop them.

Materials you'll need:

  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) with an alcohol content between 70-99.9%
  • A spoon
  • Small plastic bag
  • Piece of tissue
  • A flat lid, small container or coffee tamper - something to flatten the pan

Step 1
Gather all the broken pieces of the pastel into a small plastic bag and grind them into small pieces using the back of the spoon.

Step 2
Carefully transfer all the powdered pastel back into the pan.

Step 3
Start by adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol into the pan and use the back of the spoon to mix the rubbing alcohol and pastel together. You want to get the consistency of a thick paste, so start with a few drops as you can always add more if your pastel needs it. Use the back of the spoon to level out the mixture.
Leave your pan to dry for one hour. 

Step 4
After one hour it is time to flatten the mixture and get a smooth and consistent surface. To do this you can use the same plastic bag or even a tissue to go over the pan and any small surface to press into the pan. Could be a coffee tamper or a small lid or a small jar/container. Leave it to dry for 24 hours.

After the pan has fully dried after 24 hours, your PanPastel will be ready to use again!


    • Posted by Anna on

      Hi there! Just an FYI, the makers of Panpastels, does NOT recommend this method. I spoke to them about a year ago. The alcohol destroys the lightfastness of the pastels, and it is safer just to use them loose.

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