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Subject: Adhesives and plumbing problems

Adhesives and plumbing problems

From: Elaine Hodges <mnhen039>
Date: Thursday, January 11, 1996
Claudia Stall <cstall [at] mail__sdsu__edu> writes

>>We put our glue brushes in a small amount of water to soak over
>I was wondering how you keep the brushes from developing a "permanent wave"
>as my old art teacher used to call it?  You know, bristles all bent to one

To prevent the brush bristles from becoming permanently curved due
to pressure, they should be suspended in the water or other fluid.
Art stores sell containers with a handle formed of coils that curves
over the top of the container; the coils hold the handle of the
brush to any height desired so the brush can suspend in fluid
without touching the bottom of the container. I believe there are
other designs that accomplish the same end, keeping brush bristles
straight. The container I describe was designed to suspend oil
painting brush bristles in turpentine.

Elaine R.S. Hodges
Scientific Illustrator
MRC 169, Rm. W-622
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560, USA
Fax: 202-786-2894

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