Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How to Make a Bottle Brush Stamp - Part 1 of 2 - Assembly

Fig.1 Green 
Plant Wire
By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
Bottlebrush plant
Plant twist tie 150-feet
Electrical vinyl tape
Tree branches

The Bottlebrush (Callistemon) plant was chosen because the end of the plant somewhat resembles a brush. Several other plant varieties were tried and all failed by losing their leaves on the canvas or falling apart when assembling the brush components except the Bottlebrush plant. This post shows this is the most inexpensive brush handle made thus far. It also requires the least amount of work to make the brush handle and the brush. 

This post shows the three steps on how to assemble a live Bottlebrush plant brush.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the plant twist tie and it is used to hold the brush handle together. Fig.2 shows standard vinyl electrical tape and this was used to hold the handle and the Bottlebrush plant together. Fig.3 shows that several plants were used but in the end the Bottlebrush plant was chosen for this post. Fig.4 shows the tip of the Bottlebrush plant and notice how it is shaped like a brush tip.
Fig.2 Electrical tape
Fig.3 Some plants work 
some plants do not
Fig.4 Bottle Brush tip
Step 2: Fig.5 through fig.7 shows the progression of assembling the Bottlebrush brush. Fig.5 shows the Bottlebrush stem is surrounded by other tree stems and held together by plant twist ties. Fig.6 shows that plant twist tie can be wrapped tightly or wrapped and spread apart on the stem. This is up to the maker. Either way it works to keep the plant stems together. Fig.7 shows the bottom was twisted a few times to keep it from unraveling. The top of the Bottlebrush has two inches of vinyl tape to cover the end of the wire tie to protect the fingers.
Fig.5 Bottle Brush assembled
Fig.6 Green plant wire
Fig.7 The sticks
Step 3: Fig.8 shows this is the Bottlebrush plant brush. In the next post this brush will  be tested to see if this is a practical choice to use to paint on paper canvas. The plant twist tie can be reused on other project after this brush looses its effect.
Fig.8 Finished
How to Make a Bottle Brush Stamp:

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