Caleb with White Metal Games here.
Well it's a new year and with a new year come new toys! One of the things I received over the holiday was this brush box! Pretty cool right? Here's the problem . . . it's 14" long! So it got me thinking about how to build a brush box on a limited budget.
The idea behind a brush box is to give you a way to store brushes and at the same time keep the tips from warping or bending when you travel.
To complete this tutorial, you'll need the following:
A hot glue gun
A pencil box (Another option is to buy one of these really nice looking boxes! )
Spare foam (Most of us have some spare foam lying around, either from blisters/clam packs or from our beloved pluck and pull foam trays. So grab some foam in roughly the same style. The stiffer the better)
Here's how it works:
Loosely lay out the foam in a parallel pattern. You want the foam to be two layers deep: one layer to provide cushion and the second to actually hold the brushes in place.
Using the hot glue gun, glue the 1st layer into position.
Using the razor saw, score the foam. You don't want to cut all the way through the top layer of foam. Just about as close to 3/4 mark as can be .
Your goal here is to ensure the foam tightly grips your brushes, so by wedging the foam in, you are compressing the foam, thus ensuring a tight grip on the brushes when they are nestled safely inside the box.
However, I DON'T recommend this method as that glue is really, REALLY hot. You might be better served to just put the glue on the bottom of the foam; safer and less messy that way.
As you can see (below) the foam is compressed enough that even gravity can't drag these brushes down!
There you go! That's it! Total time it took me to make this was less than ten minutes, with gathering supplies! So don't make any excuses. Find your mom's hot glue gun, grab some spare foam, and go to town on this thing!
PUT YOUR MINIS WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!!!
Caleb, White Metal Games