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The old Topics web site had a section on the opening page which was regularly updated with news and information, as well as alerts when pages of the site were updated. As the new site is not updated quite so often I had decided to omit that section in the new build. Clearly, that isn’t going to work ! This page is now included here once again and will cover those items which are time related
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I have had a question……. A reader of the site as asked about coloured pencils on sale on EBay by a Japanese seller.  These are illustrated and described as Sanford Karisma, but they look like a modern black display box containing Prismacolor, although the image is not clear enough to see them in detail.  The sets are described as up to 120 colours but the offered sets of 24 and 72 are expensive for Prismacolor. Can anyone tell me if these are a new line from Sanford, are actually Prismacolor, or if they are a new manufacturer who has bought the brand name?  Any information about pencils like this will be welcome.  Thanks.
My feeling is that if these are actually Prismacolor pencils, they are overpriced and also you would want to have a low cost method for returning any faulty pencils found in the sets.  Japan is a long way to have to send them back at buyer’s cost.
Posted  JUNE 9th 2018
THE BIG NEWS HERE is that Judith Crown has passed on her lightfastness tests to Pencil Topics for publishing on the Web. These have been ongoing for several years and the tests have been refined over that time, but the basic principle is unchanged….  namely that each colour from a pencil set is repeated three times and one retained as a control in a dark folder.  The second is treated with Winsor & Newton Fixative  and the third is left as laid down on the paper.   The second and third sets of colour are then exposed to sunlight.   ………….. AND THIS IS THE UNIQUE FACTOR The samples are displayed facing the sunlight in Israel and left for a period of 14 or 15 weeks in the strong rays of the sun.  This is the equivalent of several years of exposure to sun in the UK.   It might be argued that this is an extreme test, but all the brands are treated in the same way and the results are shown here to demonstrate the need for careful selection when chosing your manufacturer and brand.   The samples were done over a period of more than a year so the presentation of the results varies.  The sunlight and method were identical, however. Not all the samples have been posted in this first step and the samples will be annotated later with comments that may prove useful.  They may also be re-arranged once all the scans have been completed.  Scanning settings are uniform and the sample images have not been adjusted.  The scans are at 300dpi with the samples treated as photos. TO GO DIRECT to the new pages, FOLLOW THIS LINK