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Old 12-30-2012, 10:24 AM
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A useful tool you can make very easily.

Hope it's OK to post this here. I posted in Palette Talk but this may be more appropriate for this forum. Mods delete if I've crossed the line please.

You may remember me from a while back. Well I've made an even simpler device which some of you may find useful especially beginners but all levels really.

Be pleased to get your feedback and I'll try and answer any queries.


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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

John, thank you for this little gadget. I think this looks interesting and useful.
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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

Thank you for this

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Thank you for this tutorial. And beautiful paintings!
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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

Wow! Thanks for posting this! Can't wait to give it a try!
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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

A wonderful modification John. I'll see if I can fit one on my water fountain.

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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

Thanks Guys. It's dead easy to make and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to use and how useful it is. If you do make one, please give some feedback and show us how you are using it.
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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

Success after the third try! The cap/hubcap with a rim was the most difficult to find. The exact kind used to be in our local stores, but I could only find one, slightly different than yours. I think the important part is that it have the rim.

I first purchased and tried one without a rim, which is no different than a hair spray lid, but wasn't having luck.

I attached the wire with duct tape, which is holding fine, and I tried 4 different times to get the wire right. I'm using a paper clip.

Just running out, so I haven't given it a try with paint yet, but I've got the brush rolling up water just as you show in the video. I'll post last about my try. Much thanks!
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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

Excellent, John! So much more accessible than your previous device. I'll actually try this one Thank you!

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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

Well done guys, so far so good. Yes the first design worked fine but it was a little more difficult to construct. The main problem was the bottle to feed the meniscus. The company stopped making that particular design and I couldn't find a common-to-everybody desgn which would have been suitable.

This design is simpler and should be within most peoples crafting skills. I hope.
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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

I am not having any luck with trying to use various containers from around the house.
I found something similar to the rimmed pipe, online at Lowe's in U.S., and will go and purchase one and see if that helps.
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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

That looks ideal Larkfour. It's a little bigger than mine but that shouldn't be a problem. At least it has that nice wide rim. Let me know how you get on please?

I should have known everything is bigger in the US - even basin waste pipes
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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

Thank you for your idea I used a paper clip but it rusted ,so I used other type of wire that's used to train bonsai plants. I used a small bead container but it has not lip I may try it with what you have shown.
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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

i hate to be a victor medrew but WHAT is it???????

what are you doing?
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Re: A useful tool you can make very easily.

Querin, I ended up having luck with a coated paperclip - one they cover with paint or plastic to make them different colours. I think key is getting your wire/clip nice and straight before re-shaping it.

As to the container, I've come across Brie cheese packed in a plastic container with a rim - one of those sealed with foil on top. I think it might be vital to have a rim. The first container I used didn't have one, so I tried to fashion one with duct tape - the rim just needs to be under the wire, not all the way around the container. I stopped fiddling with that as I was able to get something similar to John's in the plumbing section. They seem to be called 'Hubcap' in these parts, or maybe just 'Cap'.

Thus far Duct tape is keeping my wire attached to the inside of the container.

I've been using it, enjoying having the option of swirling my brush in my water jar or topping up the barrel with my new dispenser. I'm still getting used to it, getting to know how much to roll my brush and knowing what it will do on the paper.

I don't use a large water jar, so I haven't attached the dispenser to it, and currently have it sitting on a saucer. I use an eyedropper to top it up every now and then. The meniscus stays on the wire even overnight.

My cap is black, so it's been difficult to get a photo that shows properly. I'll give another try today.
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