Originally Posted by swarm
I know this is an old thread. I was searching google for directions to make a brayer and this is the best I have found. I have been pondering this fora few days and I have an idea that I will attempt soon. I think it will fail but it is worth trying. I want to try pulling a bicycle inner tube over a marble rolling pin. I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this. Many years ago I tried to pull a bicycle inner tube onto some wood when I was making stilts and that did not work but maybe this time i can come up with a solution. I think inner tubes usually have a seam that would also be problematic but maybe I can find seamless ones? I have plenty regular ones laying around and a marble rolling pin so I will make an attempt as soon as i find everything.
The problem with this approach is that the bicycle innertubes have all sorts of what appear to be seam lines ... they just are not smooth enough. These lines will show up when you ink your plate. I have tried this and it just did not work. BUT by all means give it a try yourself. Use alcohol to lubricate the innertube when you try to force it over the rolling pin.
You can also make brayers that are long, but alas not that large in diameter, from discarded fusing rollers from copy machines. Yes, I have a pdf file about it. Drop me an email off list and I will send it to you.
One of these days I WILL update my website!
Cheers ...... Charles