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Title: Blending Sticks and Tortillons
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 07, 2015, 10:25:28 AM
Is there a difference between a blending stick and a tortillon?  Just curious.

My question is really how do you sharpen the point once it gets all black?  I tried cutting off the point with a knife and figure there has to be an easier way and neater way to do it.

aloha

mea



Title: Re: Blending Sticks and Tortillons
Post by: C.Bodine on October 07, 2015, 10:29:43 AM
Mea,

I am not sure, but I think you use a piece of sandpaper to clean  the blending stick. Rub the stick on the paper to make it clean and pointed again.
Title: Re: Blending Sticks and Tortillons
Post by: KathyKuz on October 07, 2015, 11:01:40 AM
Mea;  I think you can use a sandpaper stick.  I would have to try a pencil sharpener. Kathy
Title: Re: Blending Sticks and Tortillons
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 07, 2015, 11:08:59 AM
Thanks, Christina.

I just tried your suggestion and it worked perfectly.  Didn't seem to matter which grade of sandpaper I used - 80, 150, 220.  All cleaned the black smudge off, but the 150 seem to make the smoothest point.

I knew someone at PB would have the answer!

aloha and mahalo

mea
Title: Re: Blending Sticks and Tortillons
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 07, 2015, 11:10:51 AM
Thanks, Kathy.  The first thing I tried was the pencil sharpener and it did not work at all.

As you can see from my last post, the sandpaper worked well.

Appreciate your response.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Blending Sticks and Tortillons
Post by: Annie. on October 07, 2015, 03:26:14 PM
You can also do a tortillion with a peice of photocopying paper and just discard it (sorry put it in the paper recycling bin) when done.