Remember, a brush acts like a fountain pen, allowing colour to flow down the brush body to the tip as you work.
Hold your brush as straight up and down as you can, using light pressure when you are making lines.
Did you know that ‘sabeline' is a specially prepared light-colored ox hair that is used in brushes? The use of Sabeline in conjunction with Sable will make a lower cost, good quality brush. Ceramic brushes made of natural bristles will hold fired product better than synthetic.
The ferrule is the metal band toward the end of the brush that holds the bristles together.
If brushes do not come as clean as you want when cleaning in water, you can run them under the faucet. You may also wash brushes in mild detergent as long as you wash out the soap when done.
Never let your brushes stand in water or other cleaner even if you are going to use them right away. This will tend to bend the bristles and may cause them to stay that way permanently.
When cleaning your brushes, never push the bristles against the bottom of the container that holds the cleaner. The bristles could be cut off when you bend them back over the metal ferruel.
You can find animal tails in fishing and hunting stores, sold as inexpensive lures. Use these to make handmade brushes. Chicken and bird feathers can make interesting brushes as well.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|