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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.

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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.

AbnerBen12 years ago
Ain't nobody got time for that!
RingoWild2 years ago
hey you should enter this into the pocket sized contest
Sparticles (author)  iminthebathroom2 years ago
I can't because this instructable is quite old already.
But thanks for the suggestion!

(And I've already won a GoPro Hero camera in the previous 'Pocket sized contest' :)
Rainh2o2 years ago
This is cool! Have you tried to electroplate while it was still attached to the pencil instead of tying it to the elctrode? Use the letter or object as the electrode. You could set just the letter or object you are trying to electroplate into the solution...dont know if it will work or if you have tried it but maybe worth a try
Sparticles (author)  Rainh2o2 years ago
But then, when the letter is removed from the pencil a small piece won't be plated.

I havent tried that, but what I did do was draw rectangle on a piece of paper with a fat pencil so it would be conductive. Then I've attached an electrode to the paper (with graphite on) put the letter on it and submersed it in the liquid. The only result I had was that the paper became somewhat brown.
Bizarre, fantastic!
Next challenge: Q!
rrkrose3 years ago
These are so cool!
sunshiine3 years ago
Awesome! I love this! Thanks for sharing and have a splendorous day!
mrmath3 years ago
Pretty neat stuff here. II would never have thought it would be as easy as you make it seem. I would have thought it would be impossible!

As far as the quality of the instructable itself, you showed your mistakes, which is always helpful, and you're pictures are a prefect example of how to take pictures for instructables!

A+ on both counts!
Sparticles (author)  mrmath3 years ago
Hey, thanks!

Yes, failures are experiences too and often valuable enough to share.