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    Having the right brush for the job is so basic, but so important! What are your favourite brands, sizes, etc. What characteristics do the best brushes have? Where do you find them?

    I used to favour brand new brushes of any sort, because of course, they’re pretty. Quickly I found, however, that older brushes have the tendency to behave better because they used to be made differently! The bristles come together toward the center instead of splaying out. Is it true that they ‘just don’t make them like they used to,’ or is there some secret company that still has them?

    #15129
     Anonymous

    The Corona Europa brushes are the ones I call my Best Friend Brush in the shop.

    They’ve got thick natural bristles that hold a ton of paint without dripping, and the bristles are set wide enough for lay-in work while retaining enough stiffness to pull a pretty thin line when drawn on edge. It’s got that ‘eroded old brush’ sort of blunt shape, without being stubby.

    They’re kind of magic, I think. I buy them on Amazon for about $15/a pop.

    http://www.coronabrushes.com/corona/index.cfm?event=showProduct&id=346&seriesId=36

    Bestt Liebco Duke is my second runner up. Longer bristles than the Europa can make wet moppy shapes without getting fat and blobby.

    http://www.bigpaintstore.com/bes-1407.html

    Also Art Alternatives super cheap $7 3-packs of soft thin synthetic chip brushes. Great sharp shape doesn’t puff out like artists’ brushes of similar size.

    https://www.amazon.com/Art-Alternatives-Utility-Synthetic-Handle/dp/B017DRF2ZU/ref=sr_1_2?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1490399498&sr=1-2&keywords=synthetic+chip+brush

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     Lili Lennox
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    Ooooo… thanks, Val! I was just looking through my motley collection of brushes, hoping I had some nice options to add to this post… I don’t. Off to Amazon to try these out!

    #15131
     Rachael Claxton
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    I LOVE those Corona brushes. I started using them when I got to Louisville and they’ve changed me – so great. I absolutely love all the brushes I have from Handover (http://www.handover.co.uk/). I first started using them when I was living in London and I’ve continued to buy them all these years later. Their signwriting brushes are incredible and their hog’s hair softening brush is the best I’ve ever used. I usually just buy straight from their site but I’m sure with some digging around on the internet you could find them elsewhere.

    #15132

    If you don’t mind me asking, what do you use your softeners for?

    #15133
     Rachael Claxton
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    They’re amazing for blending! I’m able to get a super soft and subtle transition of color with them. They’re also great for fading color out into water as well. Very useful!

    #15134
     Jamie Clausius
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    This is a great thread for brush resources! I’ve added everyone’s brush suggestions to the Wiki vendor page, if anyone wants to add more here I can continue to add to that page. Or if you feel like jumping in feel free to add or change what’s been put in so far in the Wiki page itself!

    #15135
     Jason Strom
    • Experience: 15-20 years
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    My favorite Faux Finish brushes come from <a href="https://www.fauxbrushes.com/&#8221; class=”bbcode_url”>https://www.fauxbrushes.com/. These are Pierre Finkelstein’s hand curated and constructed brushes, among other things on the site. you pay for what you get! I love all of these on here, but the marble veiners are the best!!!

    #15136
     EvanWRapp
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    Does anybody have a preferred supplier for good 4″ lay in brushes?

    There were some wonderful brushes that I used up at Cobalt and can’t seem to find what I’m looking for.

    #15137
     Cobaltgosa
    • Experience: 20+ years
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    Hello, We purchase the 4″ lay in brushes thru Janovic Plaza . Phone number : 347-418-3480

    Order this brush.

    sku 81771 Prince JPL Wall brush.

    Hope this helps.

    Steph at Cobalt

    #15138

    So I’m brand new to the idea of Fitches, but I know I need a set. Are there any brands that aren’t as good as others? Or any sizes you’ve found that are more useful than others? So far, I’m looking at Rose Brand and Limelight Productions, but I figured I’d ask on here before dropping some money on them!

    #15139

    Only because you mentioned them by name… I won a set of deer foot/sash fitches and bought a set of 5 scenic fitches from Limelight at USITT 2017. The sash brushes are neat–I wouldn’t die without them–but I had CLUMPS of bristles coming out of the scenic fitches during the first wash. They splay and don’t hold shape. My Rosco set, however, is 10 years old and they are still beautiful.

    Cobalt also turned me on to Dick Blick Mega Brushes. They don’t sell them in store and there are only 3 sizes, but I cannot count the number of times they have been the perfect tool. We only buy the flats, so I can only speak for those, but I do love love love them.

    <a href="https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-mega-natural-bristle-brushes/&#8221; class=”bbcode_url”>https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-mega-natural-bristle-brushes/

    #15140

    shannon wrote:


    Only because you mentioned them by name… I won a set of deer foot/sash fitches and bought a set of 5 scenic fitches from Limelight at USITT 2017. The sash brushes are neat–I wouldn’t die without them–but I had CLUMPS of bristles coming out of the scenic fitches during the first wash. They splay and don’t hold shape. My Rosco set, however, is 10 years old and they are still beautiful.

    Cobalt also turned me on to Dick Blick Mega Brushes. They don’t sell them in store and there are only 3 sizes, but I cannot count the number of times they have been the perfect tool. We only buy the flats, so I can only speak for those, but I do love love love them.

    <a href="https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-mega-natural-bristle-brushes/&#8221; class=”bbcode_url”>https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-mega-natural-bristle-brushes/

    I had a similar thing happen to a Rosco set of brushes. The first time I used them a few of the brushes lost clumps of bristles as I was painting and the others lost them as I washed them out. Most of them lost half or more of their bristles in the first week of use. I attempted to glue them back together which limped them along for a few more months but in the end threw them out. I have yet to purchase a new set after watching more than $100 worth of brushes disintegrate in the sink. The shop I was working in at the time luckily had several fitches and only needed an additional set for a short time during a truly complicated show.

    Any suggestions on what causes this disintegration and if you can repair them? That particular set may have been exposed to 100 degree heat at one point. I’m sure that’s not great for glue which is why I never bothered contacting Rosco about it and assumed it was a bit of user error.

    #15141

    You could look into Mack brushes. I have used their fitches for years and they hold up well. We used them as an apprentice way back when on wall jobs using bulletin enamel. When I left the sign industry and went into educational theater, I kept using them with water borne paints. The hair is a bit short but it keeps its shape and puts up with a lot of abuse.

    We used to get a pair of 3/4″, a 1 1/2″ cutter and a 3″ double cutter as a set for our beginning students to use for class projects.

    They are sold through a company here in Michigan but I don’t recall the name.

    No connection with them, just a happy customer.

    #15142
     Tammy
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    I want to buy some new fitches/detail brushes for the paint shop at school. My favorites are my personal ones I got 30 years ago (how is that possible? I am not that old!).

    Anyone have a source for a set of fitches? Rosebrand? Limelight? etc.

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