|Kolinsky Sable hair, very expensive and high quality|
|Ferrules, ready and waiting|
|Pony hair, long and soft|
Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the actual brush making factory in Glendale, New York. Although I would like to work in the office there, I live in upstate New York and had yet to see where the brushes were made. Later in the week, I will share more about brushmaking itself, but today, I thought I'd share some closeups of the process and the materials used in making these quality brushes.
What is amazing about the factory is how many hand made brushes are put out on a daily basis, not just the Dynasty line, but also the cosmetic brushes that FM Brush builds-- think 30,000. There are stacks of inventoried handles, hair and ferrules, waiting to be built into brushes. This factory, along with the sister Thailand factory assemble brushes, though the hairs may come from anywhere in the world. FM uses high quality hair and synthetics in making their brushes, so many of these will be imported from Europe or Asia. The hair is sold by weight, and distributed in tight round packages.
|Black Goat Hair, sold by weight|
|Squirrel hair brush heads|
|Canister of Dynasty Gold Nylon brushes, great for students|
I was able to sample so many different types of brushes; to play with them and some paint gave me a deeper understanding of how hair types effect the final piece. I could easily feel the differences between the white bristle brushes, or the synthetic hair brushes for oils. I look forward to sharing all these details with you in the upcoming weeks, we will compare synthetic hairs and look at the differences in brush shapes and types.
For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.
I agree Karyn, they are a most exacting company when it comes to making quality brushes!ReplyDelete
Hi Margot! Yes, I'm very impressed . . . it is an interesting process, too. What types do you use?ReplyDelete
FM is now making my Margot's Miracle Brush from sable hair and it is perfect for my Multi-load and MUD techniques. I also use the Eye of the Tiger liners and angle shaders for acrylics and the Faux Squirrel for my watercolor techniques.ReplyDelete
Oh very cool, Margot. (I didn't realize.) I love it and checked out your site and your work as well. Wonderful batiks!ReplyDelete