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Old 12-09-2013, 09:30 PM
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Tip on restoring brushes, cleaning medium cups

As a classroom art instructor...always facing tight budgets, cuts...and discovering more than a few students watch to see if you're looking as they toss an uncleaned paint brush in the brush drawer...thought I would share this tip.

I have saved a good share of my own personal brushes, as well as student brushes. This weekend, I shoved some stubbornly difficult to scrape and clean oil medium cups in the goo...and today, rinsed under water and lightly brushed with an old toothbrush came out like new...

Take a bar of Ivory soap...cheap...and put in a jar container. In this case, an old orange powder drink container. Fill with water, cover...and allow to sit for a time. Forget about it for a week or two.

Then...those hard paint caked brushes...let sit in the goo for a couple days. Remove brushes, rinse under water. A bit of hand friend dish soap rubbed in the palm of the hand. Brushes will be salvaged and ready to use...

Now...go dig those brushes out of the garbage!!!
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