Have you ever wondered how colored pencils change from a piece of wood to an artist’s utensil? Well, look no further! A stationery factory in Shanghai, China, released a video to show how colored pencils are really made, and let us tell you, there’s so much more to the process than you’d think.
The pencils enter the factory as “pencil blocks,” and are further cut down to flat slats of wood that are waxed and stained. They then make their way down the production line where thin, rounded grooves are shaped in the center for placement of the colorful lead. Once the lead is snug inside of the wooden groove, a second piece of rounded wood is glued on top of the led, making what the factory calls a “sandwich.”
To complete the shaping process, the sandwiches are cut into cylinders before they enter the final steps of the process where they paint the exterior, add erasers, sharpen, and then package the pencils.
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