|Project by kaerlighedsbamsen||posted 09-23-2014 08:24 PM||1770 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
Being now 3 months into my rather large chair project i felt the need for a smaller project. This is one of the more ‘petite’:
For glueing i prefer artist´s brushes for oil paint that i feel have the right combination of ‘bendyness’ and stiffness. But they dont come cheap. Disposable brushes are too soft and just throwing things out bothers me. So started looking for other sources.
Read in Toshio Odate´s book on japanese tools that a traditional tool for marking is a “sumisashi”, bamboo pen.
Sitting in my garden workshop it dawned on me that bamboo would be the perfect material for glue brushes as well. Only i dont have any bamboo at hand.
But the centre of my garden is a “elephant grass” (Miscanthus Giganteus). They get quite bambo-like when they dry. It might work!
Dried they look like this
And cleaned up andcut to suitable piezes
Just wack them on the end with a hammer
And after some more wacking the fibres split from the other material
Use a rasp or a wire brush to clean away the non-fibres (dont know the name)
Run some string around for nice looks
And use heavy sewing tread to make the brush flat
And the finished brush. Et voila!
Made a whole bunch of them at the same time and have now used them for all kinds of projects. They are way too stiff for ordinary paint but for glues (epoxy as well) they are perfect. PVA Glue washes off easily and they dry quickly.
Small, fun project!
Thanks for reading. Hope this can be of inspiration.
And as allways: Let me know what you think!
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