Making your own brushes

United States
February 14, 2007 1:32pm CST
I am interesting in making designer cosmetics brushes with polymer clay handles so that the ferrule, that little metal strip between the business end of the brush and the handle, could either be eliminated or also be made ot polymer clay. Does anyone know where one finds the parts for such brushes like the bristles/goat's hair. glue...even instructions? I know this seems really wierd but it is driving me nuts!
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• United States
14 Feb 07
Sorry I don't know of a place to get brush parts. What you can do is get good brushes and cover the handles. Be careful - I would recommend removing the ferrule and brush part before baking. I baked paint brushes stupidly and the heat ruined the bristles. I know that Donna Kato did this. Check out and you should be able to find the episode and see what her directions are. They may even have sources for brush parts but I am not sure.
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• United States
15 Feb 07
I just might get some brushes and do like you say, dissasemble, fabricate , and reassemble. I JUT found that art deco brush handle tut you are talking about too! Life is good!
@quatelmon (955)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Hrmm....I really am not sure where you'd find instructions and supplies for building your own brushes. Maybe eBay. :P Another thing you may be able to do is purchase high quality already assembled brushes and make handles on top of the handels already there. Sorry I couldn't have been more help! Good luck.