Monday, May 27, 2013

Tips on Oil Painting -- Know Your Oil Painting Brush Fur

Today, oil paintings for sale brushes are made from many types of materials. Each material has of course advantages and disadvantages. Beginning as well as advanced painters should have some knowledge of the properties of these hair-making materials. Here I present the most used and accessible of these brush hair materials together with some of their properties:

* Badger Hair -- Badger hair brushes are used for blending together and have a long tradition. The hair can be found in many parts of the world but will vary in quality. It is thickest at the point and quite thin at the root and has therefore a distinctive "bushy" appearance.

* Man made Hair -- Man made hair is of course man-made from nylon or polyester. The fur can be tipped, tapered, flagged, abraded or etching to increase its paint carrying ability. The filaments are often coloured and baked to make them softer and more absorbent.

Some of the advantages of Cheap Oil Painting man made brushes are: 1) They are durable facing paints and solvents; 2) They are easier to clean than animal hair brushes because they are more unlikely that to trap paint.

* Raphael Kevrin Mongoose Hair -- Raphael Kevrin Mongoose hair is strong and resilient. It combines the strength of a bristle with the control of sable and makes a long-wearing, medium-to- high quality brush.

* Kolinsky Sable Hair -- Kolinsky sable does not come from a sable but from the trail of a mink species found in Siberia and North-East China. In these regions, hair from the winter tails of males grows long and strong because of the extreme conditions. It is the best material for oil brushes because of its unusual strength, spring and snap (i. e., its capacity to retain its shape). A Kolinsky sable brush holds a very fine point or edge and a professional grade of hair. If properly taken care of, Kolinsky sable brushes lasts for many years.

* Hog Bristle Hair -- Hog bristle Beautiful Oil Painting hair comes from hogs with sought after coming from China. Bristle hair forms a unique V-shaped split or flag at the tip and tends to have a natural blackberry curve. A brush with "interlocked" bristles, with the figure formed back to the inside to the ferrule, has a natural resistance to fraying and spreads medium to thick paints smoothly and smoothly. It is also a less expensive alternative to other good-quality fur.

* Red Sable Hair -- Red sable hair is purchased from a red haired weasel and not from sable. Quality and characteristics can vary greatly. A good quality pure red sable brush is a good alternative to the more expensive Kolinsky sable brush, with similar performance and durability. Note that weasel hair is often combined with ox hair to make a cheaper brush, but, in the process, the fine point is sacrificed.

* Ox Hair -- The highest Sale Oil Paintings quality ox hair comes from the ears of oxen or livestock. It has a very strong body with silken texture. It is also very resilient and has good snap. However, it does lack an excellent tip. The hair is most useful in flat formed or medium-grade wash brushes. Ox hair is often combined with different natural hair to increase its resiliency.

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