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Old 08-19-2010, 02:55 PM
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Narrow brayers

Hi there,

Anyone know who makes narrow brayers, i.e. down to ¼" wide"?

I was checking out the Takach specialty brayers, they seem to be of good quality but are quite pricey.

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Old 08-19-2010, 03:58 PM
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Re: Narrow brayers

Hi, Nabsab... and welcome to the Printmaking forum.

Takach is the only one I'm familiar with for that size. They are pricey but I've had mine for years and it's been worth the money.

What are you planning to roll? Is there any way you can block off an area with paper as you roll so you can use a wider brayer?

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Old 08-19-2010, 04:21 PM
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Re: Narrow brayers

Hi thanks Diane

Yes I can use acetate for stenciling - I'm trying to do a very narrow two color split fountain - gradient on a cloud formation - trying to get dark red to fade into dark purple over a narrow area and wanted to see if I can do that with a narrow brayer.

I would use a wider brayer for this, but in some areas where purple clouds jut out into red clouds the purple part itself is very long and narrow and curvy, and the gradient curves a lot so I was thinking one way to do it is with narrow brayers.

Is there a better way to accomplish that though?

I suppose I could just brush it in...

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Old 08-20-2010, 06:56 AM
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Re: Narrow brayers

I've never done a split fountain so am not much help. Hopefully someone who has will come along and make some suggestions.

Brushing on and then rolling over it (to even out the brush strokes) might just be the ticket.

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Old 08-20-2010, 09:10 AM
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Re: Narrow brayers

Ok thanks very much Diane for the advice, I will try out your brush idea, don't know why I never thought of brushing in and rolling over brush marks with a brayer.

I think on the narrow brayers, to save money I'm going to just buy a couple of Speedball 6" brayers, take the rollers off the handles, pound out the steel shaft and take a few narrow slices off one end of the rollers and build a new handle for it. The roller has a plastic insert so my chop saw blade should cut right through the roller like butter. Will save money, the speedball brayers are only about 12 bucks. Only question is how the cut edge of the rubber will come out, hope it is a smooth cut.


I'll tell you how it works out after I try it.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:33 AM
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Re: Narrow brayers

I am about to buy a 1/2 inch brayer from Mcclains. It is a Takach specialty brayer. They make 1/4", 1/2", 3/4" and 1" brayers for about 45-50 bucks each. They also sell Japanese 1" brayers, and I am going to get one of those as well. Probably not as nice as the Takach, but about half the price. I think it is the same company that makes the larger Holbein brayers but I could be wrong. They sure look similar. Graphic Chemical also sells narrow brayers. Not sure of the price though.
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