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Leslie BT

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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2020, 10:17:15 PM »
I have always used a bar of soap to wash my brushes.

Contrast paints do need some soap to remove them completely, just water does not remove it.

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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2020, 10:40:32 PM »
Thanks Simon.
For reference I pay the following from AS Handover for a Size 1 pure sable brush:-
Pure Sable short hair £3.46
Pure sable medium hair £3.46
Pure Sable long hair (rigger) £4.44
Pure Sable value medium hair £2.19
Pure Kolinsky Sable extra short hair £3.36
I've used them for the last 40 years and they last for ages if you treat them well.
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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2020, 04:05:34 AM »
I use a company called Premier brush Co, used to be based in West London, I think they moved to Surrey. I use both their Nylon and Sable over the years; their range of brushes is quite extensive. I ve used their brushes for over 30 plus years, Westbourne Model shop always stocked them and nowadays I buy them online from the company. For fine line painting I use their 4/0 or 5/0. They are not the most expensive brushes, I find I get quite good mileage out of them.
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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2020, 09:19:32 AM »
Once again, thanks for the  notes.
Seems there are quite a few that I might try.

Sable brushes seem very popular with the RFCM crowd.
About 10 different brands all seem to give good service.

I also use sable brushes when drybrushing. They give an excellent result but are quite expensive.

Is there cruelty in geting the sable from those foxes (Kolinsky weasels too)?


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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2020, 09:52:32 AM »
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Is their cruelty in geting the sable from those foxes (Kolinsky weasels too)?


yes  - it is a byproduct of the creature processing industry (as they call it now) . if you of that persuasion it is best stick to synthetics

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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2020, 10:24:59 AM »
If you ever wondered why some brushes are so expensive, here's the manufacturing process of a W&N series 7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnIovyB5jY8

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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2020, 12:56:15 PM »
Must admit I tend to use Nylon brushes for inking/wash, dry brushing and varnish.
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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2020, 01:05:15 PM »
i would think that sable brushes give a great point because each individual hair is naturally pointy.
This is something that man made fibres cannot do?


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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2020, 01:43:52 PM »
I am ashamed to admit that I'd never thought of that very good point, Martin  :-[ ...

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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #24 on: October 17, 2020, 07:05:49 AM »
Thatís one of the reasons I use nylon brushes for dry brushing etc, because of the opposite effect of the hairs sticking out a bit.
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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2020, 09:17:16 AM »
Well, I'll buck the trend here.

I've recently found Royal and Langnickel synthetic brushes thanks to the Midwinter Minis YouTube channel.

They are the sort that come in a pack of 10 for only a few pounds. Amazon sell them as do Hobbycraft. They are often labelled as beginners brushes.

But, I can report that they hold a point really well, have brush sizes down to the equivalent of 000 and also larger ones great for washes as well as dry brushing.

I've used nothing else for around 12 months. They do what I need in a brush for a fraction of the cost of other  brushes. But then  I'm not an award winning painter, definitely putting myself in the tabletop standard category.

If you treat them well, wash them at the end of your session and add a little liquid soap from the downstairs loo sink into the bristles, they'll last you a good while just like mine have.


For less than £1 per brush I think that's good value.

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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2020, 12:52:13 PM »
I remember my art teacher at school telling us to wash our brushes with the appropriate thinners and to finish with ordinary bar soap and form the point. I've followed this advice for the past 40 odd years and it has kept my brushes in good condition.

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Leslie BT

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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #27 on: October 17, 2020, 08:18:41 PM »
Yep Martin and Sean.  Washing your brushes in the correct solvent and then with soap and warm, not hot, water. Dry the brush draw the bristles to a point and put into a pot with the bristles up, at the end of every painting session will help the life of your brush.

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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2020, 02:34:55 PM »
Just arrived today from amazon, set of 10 brushes size 1 - 5/0 , £11.99
 Cheap brushes go with my painting style.


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Re: Fine brushes
« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2020, 03:15:45 PM »
Must admit I too favour cheap brushes from Amazon. I don't look after them well if I'm honest so cheap brushes do for me.

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