201 of 203 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2010
I had bought a bunch of Crayola Twistable pencils for my kids, who love to color. One the one hand, the pencils were very convenient because they didn't need sharpening. On the other hand, they were only convenient for older kids who could be trusted with them...and who probably could sharpen pencils on their own, anyway. My older kids got the concept of not twisting the lead out too far, but the younger ones liked to push their luck. Inevitably, I'd find long pieces of broken off leads, and the waste would drive me crazy.
So, how do you possibly recycle those long, broken-off pieces? It just so happens that the lead size of the Twistable pencils is the same lead size that's used by the the Pentel Eight Color Automatic Pencil. This is one of the coolest clutch pencils because it holds eight different colors at once. But the price for lead for it if you buy it from Pentel directly is highway robbery. It struck me that the pencil leads looked close in size, and I substituted one from a Twistable into the Pentel. It fit perfectly, and the Pentel can use lead lengths as short as 3/4", so even leads that before seemed unusable become usable again.
Hope that helps someone!
91 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2008
The colors are vibrant and there is an assortment of fabulous colors. However, the waxy material is more crayon-like than a pencil. Unlike regular crayons, I had to use more force than I wished to exert in order to achieve the consistent vibrant color that I sought. I found it impossible to achieve any shading from dark to light. I don't completely regret my purchase, as it is another medium for kids to experiment and be creative, but I can't highly recommend this as a TOY because you have to press hard to get good results, and I can't recommend this as an ART material because you can't achieve the results that can be achieved with real pencils.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2010
I'm the one who likes the Crayola Twistables! My kids prefer traditional colored pencils. I use Twistables to illustrate for work and in my journal. Crayola products render more saturated color and the leads and crayons are softer which means more color is left on the paper with less effort. As a design professional, I prefer Prismacolors for color drawing, but Twistables pack better when its time for drawing on the go, and I don't tense up as much about losing or misplacing them.
I think my children prefer the colored pencils because they are more forgiving when dropped. Once the crayon portion of a Twistable dislodges from the base, the product is useless. Their first pack of Twistables didn't last as long as they would have liked. If you have young children and supervise their drawing time, this probably won't be an issue.
Tips and tricks:
- Show children how to expose only a small amount of crayon at a time and never extend it fully out of the casing.
- To get a fine point, hold the Twistable at shallow angle. Scrape the tip along a piece of paper while rotating the pencil.
- Encourage older children to blend colors, warm up the product by drawing on scrap paper first. Then rub the pencil back and forth lightly on your art work in layers.
- The white pencil looks great on black construction paper and so do the blues and oranges.
- Help young coloring book artists use Twistables for small areas like eyeballs, belts, and shoes. Demonstrate how crayons are good for large areas like lawns, oceans, and the sky.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2010
I purchased these thinking they'd be worth the higher price than just plain colored pencils that have to be sharpened, but unfortunately, I am so disappointed. I bought the 30-piece set, and the ones that still work are great and lots of fun to use, but unfortunately I've had to throw away over half of them (barely used), as the twisting mechanism kept breaking. I took one apart to see if I could fix it or see what the problem is or if I was doing something wrong (all you do is twist it, so there's not a LOT I could have been doing wrong), but to no avail. The twisting mechanism just seems to get stuck, so you end up twisting harder to see if that's the problem, and it just ends up breaking the lead inside and jamming the whole thing up. I have emailed Crayola just to let them know - maybe product development can find the feedback helpful in improving the product, but for now, it's a thumbs-down for us. Still love the ones that haven't broken yet...as long as they keep working...
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2012
My 5 year old and I have been using these for the color by number books made by Mindware that have very detailed tiny areas for coloring. It's a lot of coloring, but if not for the Twistables, I would quickly grow tired of the project if I had to keep sharpening. With reasonable pressure, the colors are vibrant, and with just a slight pressure, color still lays down on the paper well, providing variability. My 2 year-old likes to use them because of the easy color transfer which is better than the Twistable crayons (although not at the vibrancy level that I can get it). We've had no issue with the twisting mechanism. You do have to limit how much of the color gets twisted up before it breaks, but my 5 year-old easily mastered that concept.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
I'm not using these for art nor play, but rather for Bible highlighting. And they excel at it! The thin paper used in most Bibles makes me inclined to avoid any kind of ink so that there is no bleed through. These Twistables are just the thing. Underlining and highlighting with these is exceptionally smooth. They don't break in this application - I've been using them for 3 years and haven't broken one yet. They are durable, more so than standard color pencils that seem to break the tip off every time you put them in your backpack or bag (purse etc.). They don't need sharpening, and come in a great variety of colors if you want to color code your highlighting. And they are very long lasting.
The one thing they are not good for is note taking. I like to write brief notes in the margin of my Bibles, and these are not well suited for that purpose. I do keep a mechanical (lead) pencil handy for that.
Exceptional bang for the buck for highlighting purposes. Compared to specialized Bible highlighting pens and similar crayon based systems, you won't find a better deal. One mechanical crayon highlighter at a book store will cost as much as this whole set of 30. While those are a bit wider & brighter when applied, they aren't worth the difference in price.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2009
I love crayola markers, crayons, chalk and paint, but I'm not crazy about these. Besides the fact that they are a big waste of plastic, they also don't draw very well. Colored pencils are really not the easiest to use in general- although they definitely have their place. I thought these were a waste of money. First, you have to press really hard to get these to write in the first place- and then the pencil stick inside is so thick (to prevent breakage) that they're also not very precise. Just stick with regular colored pencils.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
I couldn't be happier with these colored pencils - never need sharpening, always perfect. Never had any trouble with them breaking or not twisting. The color selection is great, but if you want ALL available colors (yeah, I'm kind of OCD like that) you have to buy all three sizes. Nevertheless, this is obviously the best choice if you want the best color selection in one pack. Great buy. Kids would love them, but adults who color (yes, we exist) will love them even more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
OMG....I purchased these for my 4 yr old niece in 12/09, and she LOVED them. She loves to color/draw all the time, and was so excited to have new colors. My 14 yr old nephew had a school project to do, he used them and thought they were cool, so I ordered him his own set. Two-Thumbs Up...and good for just about all ages.
Great price, good condition and arrived promptly!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2010
I see these as a fun way to reinvent the colored pencil. I have terrible allergies, so a lack of pencil shavings is huge. I also like that unlike markers you can be at any angle, a huge plus.
If you press too hard they can break, but at least you can twist out another piece, and can keep on going!
I doubt these were made with professionalism in mind. Though, if kids, and young adults like them Crayola can count hem as a giant success.
You can go from darker to lighter coloring, with practice. I adore the blending of colors, one could create. They include a fair amount of colors, for budding artist to work with.
I have owned a pack since the end of May 2009,and still have all the pencils, in working order. If these were markers, I'd be needing a new set. If they were crayons,they wold be in small pieces.