In this instructable I will show you the product of my procrastination.
Which lately is carving small letters out of pencil lead.
There is absolutely no purpose or point. I just needed some graphite powder (maybe an instructable for later) and started messing around with a pencil and a knife. And I noticed that the graphite in a pencil point could be shaped easily with quite good precision.
Later just wandering on the internet I read an article about "Dalton Ghetti" http://www.daltonmghetti.com/
So yeah, it is quite similar to what he does, but I lack the skill and devotion. You should really visit his site and see what he can do with a pencil. Since you probably clicked the thumbnail to this instructable you will like what he does.
In this instructable I will show you what I did. There isn't actually much to explain since it is just carving and a bit (literally) fingerspitzengefühl.
But I will show you the process of ho I made the letters 'V' and 'O' which basicly covers the carving and the drilling of holes and refining.
In the last step or so I will show you some failed experiments. I tried to copperplate some letters (look at the 'T' in the picture) but that failed.
earlier tries with a long pencil pint gave promising results but weren't reproducble with the letters.
In the picture above you can see my (temporary) collection of letters. I have lost many of the first ones.
And they are all made at completely different times (days or weeks between each letter) and therefore completely individual. That explains the different sizes.
Also, I got a lot better. Seriously, the ugliest ones are the oldest and the more beautifull ones ('v' and 'o') are the newest.
Step 1: Gather the materials and tools
You can use whatever you want ofcourse but I used a pencilpoint.
In my experience just normal ones you get for free with advertisement are good enough.
Pick one that is a bit on the soft side (B or HB) (just one that leaves a nice black line when you write with it).
The harder ones just aren't fun, they are harder to work with and not specially stronger. The soft ones are great for carving but often break without warning.
So yeah, the normal pencils are somwhere in between and thus therefore enough.
Try to avoid those pensils with those tiny black stones which feel annoying when you write with it.
The knife should be thin like an X-Acto-knife or Segmented blade.
A normal blade isn't good since you can't get in very tiny spaces with it. And a large blade blocks the view.
Dalton Ghetti says he uses a razor blade.
To get in the very tight spots and to carve out holes.
Try to get one with a plastic ball on the other end because drilling a hole requires application of some force on the needle.
I used this to make the holes a bit larger and the cuts a bit deeper by using it as a wire saw.
To get rid of large chunks.