You may not know about the history of artists brushes or realize that a lot of skill and precision go into creating them. Whether you are a professional artist or an art buyer this fascinating and informative article by Karyn Meyer-Berthel may give you a new appreciation and respect for artists brushes. You’ll find out about about F. M. Company, one of the leading brush companies that produces superior quality Dynasty artists brushes.
Editor’s note: Karyn Meyer-Berthel (http://www.karynmeyer.com) is an Artist, Art Material Expert, Social Media Developer and Blogger. A painter and art material researcher, she has worked in the fine arts industry for over 14 years. She works in her own studio where she creates long lasting and improved quality art using the best artists brushes.
The History of Artists Brushes
Artist brush-making goes back centuries as a skilled trade, where it takes decades to become a master. At one time artists hand made their own artists brushes, just as they ground their own pigments. But as apothecaries took on supplying pigments, broom and other brush makers took on creating artists brushes.
Some of the first written documents of brush-makers as a trade appeared in 1785. The brush-making trade was a highly regarded vocation, with apprenticeships and unions. Brush apprentices and brush masters are still titles in the industry, with the highest quality brushes still being made by hand.
High Quality Artists Brushes Produced by F.M. Brush
Hair for artists brushes is imported from all over the world as some of the best natural hair is dressed in Europe or Asia and some of the best synthetic hairs are made in Thailand or Japan. FM Brush Inc., the parent to Dynasty Brush, has been working with some of the same hair suppliers since 1935; these suppliers know the business.
As F.M. Brush has been around since 1929 working as a family owned and operated company, they are continually working to increase quality of artists brushes in the art material and cosmetic markets.
F.M. Brush is America’s premiere manufacturer of artist, cosmetic, surgical, ceramic, craft and custom made brushes that are distributed globally. Knowing the best suppliers and mastering the brush-making process is the key to quality.
Creating Artists Brushes Is A Detailed Process
To build the artists brushes, brush makers use hair measured by weight to carefully place into the ferrule, shaping by hand or by cup, clamping the ferrule and moving to the next one. Ferrules and tufts are measured for accuracy and moved along to the next step.
Another brush maker applies a warm adhesive to each ferrule and bakes the heads so that the hairs are tightly sealed within. These brush heads meet up with the prepared handles later on. Each handle, whether made in the States or imported from the sister FM Brush Thailand factory are hand stamped or imprinted with the type of brush, the series, and the Dynasty name.
Then the handles are crimped into the ferrule, always double or triple crimped for a secure fit. At each step, the brush makers will check the previous step for consistency, so the quality control is superior.
Modern Changes to Artists Brushes
With the progression of technology, and concerns for the environment, synthetic hairs and the development of better synthetics has come into play in the brush making world. These synthetics have opened the door for more affordable brushes as well as qualities in the hair that natural brushes cannot provide. Even the synthetics, though, are measured and placed by hand.
A good synthetic brush is made from several types of synthetic nylon fibers to replicate the attributes of natural hairs — specifically natural hairs of one animal at a time. For example, the Faux Squirrel line, from Dynasty, holds the color and fluid that squirrel hair is known for and yet still holds its shape and spring over time. A brush built like this can last for years if care is taken to clean it well after each use.
F.M. Company Meets Highest Artists’ Demands
The F.M. Brush Company takes great care to insure that the brushes it puts out to the artist meet the demands of the artist. The company also gives back to the community by supporting organizations that improve the art world and the environment.
For more information visit Dynasty Brush’s website http://dynasty-brush.com/
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