Sunday, September 18, 2016

How to Make a Brush Holder from a Yoghurt Container

Place lines on top with permanent marker
Fig,1 Mountain High Yoghurt
By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies
Ballast: Glass marbles, sand or rocks
Black Spray Paint 
Electric or Cordless drill plus bit
Soldering Iron and Conical Tip
Mountain High Yoghurt Plastic Container

I am always looking for way to hold my artist brushes without spending a ton of money on art equipment. This post will give you another alternative to my first post named Home Made brush Holder with all Plastic Parts. This container will hold your brushes safe and usable for storing. My first post was meant only to store your brushes, but soon realized that most people would not have all the items. The best part is the container is free if you eat yoghurt. This is an upcycling project. Be part of this new trend.

This post shows the seven steps to use a plastic yogurt container with marbles to hold and store clean brushes. 

Step 1: Fig.1 above shows that the use of a clean Mountain High Yoghurt Plastic Container and place a ruler on the top. Fig.2 shows the permanent marker lines that will help decided were the holes will be placed on the top of the lid of the container. Fig.3 shows a permanent ink pen is needed to place the lines on the plastic lid. Fig.4 shows a standard ruler is needed to make straight lines.

Using a ruler will hep decide were to place the holes for the brushes
Fig.2 Put line on lid
Any color marker will help
Fig.3 Permanent marking pen
Any ruler will aid in placing  the lines
Fig.4 Ruler
Step 2: Fig.5 show glass ball Ballasts: This container is to tall to take on a lot of brushes by itself. By adding ballast like glass marbles, or sand the container will hold itself without falling over every time when brushes are placed on top of the container.
Using marbles or even sand helps keep the container in place
Fig.5 Marbles
Step 3:  Now the holes for the top can be drilled with a electric drill. In this post a soldering Iron with a conical tip was used to create the holes in the top of the plastic lid. Just using the tip does not work, the full conical tip needs to be used to make a sizeable hole for a brush. Fig.6 shows a UTC-100 Ungar soldering iron sells about $30 on the Internet. Fig.7 shows that this one has variable heat tips and has a conical tip for the job. It took less than one minute to get all the holes in this lid. Far faster than any electric or cordless drill and done safely. Fig.8 shows the iron is set at 750 which took one minute to do the job.

Use a soldering with a conical round tip to make holes in the lid
Fig.6 Ungar soldering iron
Here the lid is with the soldering gun
Fig.7 Lid ready for puncture
Use setting 750 the irong is ready in one minute
Fig.8 iron set at 750
Step 4: Fig.9 and fig.10 shows a conical tip that will be used to place the holes into the yoghurt lid.
The round tip will help you decide the size of the hole
Fig.9 Close-up
Close up of conical tip
Conical tip
Step 5: Fig.11 and fig.12 shows the lines are in place and the soldering conical tip is placing holes in the lid.

Burning through the plastic lid
Fig.11 Draw lines
Close up of different size holes for different size brushes
Fig.12 Close up
Step 6: This is an inverted (inside) look at the holes for the brushes. Fig.13 and fig.14 shows the lid has been spray painted black.

Yoghurt lid turned upside down
Fig.13 Inverted lid
Top view of brush lid painted black
Fig.14 Top of lid
Step 7: Fig.15 shows the brushes have been added to the lid. Fits the holes just right. Fig.16 shows the job is finished and these brushes are ready for use. Hope you had fun making this brush holder.
New container holding upwards the brushes
Fig.15 Brushes
The new holder is now in use
Fig.16 Job finished
Other post that are brush containers:
Home Made brush Holder with all Plastic Parts:

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