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Make your own artist brush

Making your own artist brush can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making your own brush:


  • A wooden dowel or stick
  • A bundle of animal hair (such as sable, goat, or horsehair)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String or wire


  1. Choose a wooden dowel or stick that is approximately the length and width you desire for your brush handle. Sand it down if necessary to smooth out any rough edges.
  2. Choose the animal hair you would like to use for your brush. The type of hair you choose will affect the characteristics of the brush, such as its stiffness, absorbency, and texture.
  3. Cut a bundle of hair to the desired length for your brush. The length will depend on the size of your brush and your personal preference.
  4. Hold the bundle of hair together tightly and wrap string or wire around the base of the bundle, leaving a tail of string or wire at the end.
  5. Apply a small amount of glue to the end of the wooden dowel or stick and insert it into the center of the bundle of hair.
  6. Wrap the tail of the string or wire tightly around the hair and the wooden dowel or stick. Make sure the hair is evenly distributed around the dowel or stick.
  7. Apply a small amount of glue to the string or wire and let it dry.
  8. Once the glue is dry, use scissors to trim the hairs to the desired shape and length.
  9. If necessary, use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges on the brush.

Congratulations, you have made your own artist brush! Keep in mind that making your own brush can take practice, and it may take a few tries to achieve the desired shape and consistency. Experiment with different types of animal hair and handle shapes to find what works best for you.

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