Monday, July 10, 2017

How to Make a Brush from a Worn Out Yellow Straw Broom

Fig.1 Ordinary Kitchen 
Yellow Straw Broom
 By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
Nylon Twine
Yellow Straw Broom (Worn out)
Wood glue (Titebond)
Wire (thin)

There never seem to be enough money to purchase all the supplies needed to paint with on my canvases. My current thinking is the many ways to get my project done as inexpensive as possible. When the garage was cleaned a old broom needed to be disposed, instead of trashing it, the straw strands were removed and a brush was created. Below are those steps.

This post shows the eight steps of how to make a straw brush.

Step 1: Fig.1 and fig.2 shows the broom that was used to create this painting brush. The entire broom could make easily several brushes. Fig.2 shows that a utility knife was used to cut the straw strands away from the base of the broom. Fig.3 shows the cut straw strands that are the painting fibers of this homemade brush.
Fig.2 Cutting the straw
Fig.3 Straw strands
Step 2: Fig.4 shows that the next step is to gather the straw strands on a wooden handle. A wood stick was with nylon twine to gather the strands together.
Fig.4 Wrapping the straw on a wood stick
Step 3: Fig.5 shows that the straw strands are on the handle, but to prevent the nylon twine from unwrapping itself, the use of matches will be used to fuse the ends to the base of the handle. The matches must be lit and its the fire fuses the nylon thread from unwrapping. Fig.6 shows the nylon twine has been fused.  

Fig.5 Use lit matches 
to fuse the nylon end
Fig.6 Nylon twine fused
Step 4: Fig.7 shows the brush is assembled. Fig.8 shows that to protect the wood handle and to provide another layer of protection a wood sealer was used on the brush handle.

Fig.7 After the glue
Fig.8 Wood sealer 
for wood handle
Step 5: Fig.9 shows the application of the wood sealer.
Fig.9 Dark sealer
Step 6: Fig.10 shows that a metal loop was added to the end of the brush to be able to hang the brush while drying.

Fig.10 Metal brush handle
Step 7: Fig.11 shows the application of the wood sealer to the brush handle. Fig.12 shows the handle completely covered with the sealer.

Fig.11 Applying first coat
Fig.12 Several coats
Step 8: Fig.13 shows the finished brush. The metal loop at the top of the brush handle provided a way to dry the fibers after each painting projects. Once the brush was finished it made a handy little broom or brush. The wood sealer does not need to be applied if the brush is only going to be used once. The wood sealer was added to make the brush handle last while cleaning with water and soap. The yellow brush straw strands are not the finest quality for detail painting but this brush can add another tool that could be used in your painting.


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