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Home Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Unusual Prospect- Diy Rex fur paint brush possible?

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    • Autumn's Dad
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      Hello all,

      hope you are keeping well. Autumn is doing well with plenty of binkies lately, and seems much happier, cooler temps? Maybe. Still a little scamp though  

      I’ve seen paintbrushes made from angora wool, the source as many of you may know is not pleasant at all. But moving on, i’m wondering if by gathering molt from autumn it would be possible to make a very fine/soft paintbrush as everything I have seen bar angora brushes is not fit for purpose- extremely fine detailing/ absolute minimum brush strokes on a tiny scale. I guess I’d bunch the fibres up and glue them to a wooden dowel or such.

      An odd post but in summary:

      . How to gather fur in straight clumps?

      . Best ways to attach the fur to a stick/ length of wood? 

      Thanks for stopping by

      Take care


    • sarahthegemini
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      I have no idea but what an interesting concept. I’ll be following this thread


    • Bam
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      Hi Autumn’s Dad, good to see you! Yay for bunny binkies!

      I’m sorry to say I’ve no idea about making brushes. I’ve been gathering bun hair from normal haired buns for many years now (in the hopes of one day crafting sth), but never even thought of making a brush. Maybe you could look at websites and blogs for artists/painers? Otherwise experimenting will have to be the way.


    • Harley&Thumper
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      https://www.pennellifaro.com/en-ww/fine-arts.aspx

      These people make custom paint brushes. You could try asking them if rex fur would make a good brush material.


    • jerseygirl
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      I didn’t realise there were angora paint brushes.

      Rex fur would be interesting. Does the fur come off her coat in clumps when she is in a molt? The parts where there is already new growth underneath seem to come away the easiest.
      No idea what you’d use to tack clump of fur together initailly. Wax? PVA glue or contact glue that is already partially set? Clear nail polish? Whatever won’t get wicked down the fur because you’d have limited length to work with.


    • Autumn's Dad
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      Hi all, thanks for your replies. Apologies, I forgot I wrote this topic!

      Sarah- Thanks, I’m always looking for solutions to things

      Bam- good to see you too, I wrote this mainly as an update on the scamp, always great to see her go mad with happiness 

      H&T- Thank you, will visit them
      jerseygirl- It sort of comes out in onion ring type bands across her back

      the tail is the first to her nose. Thinking about it, epoxy would be perfect, viscous (non-wicking) and sets tough. set in a ring made from a beer can, emptied of course in turn set on a wooden dowel, crimped like a normal brush

      I hope to pull off this grand plan, but somehow I think she’s on to me 


    • Q8bunny
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      Look for her discarded cheek floof clumps – you know, the ones that look like little fur bouquets attached at one end by a waxy crust? I would collect those and try to bundle for a brush head.

      If too soft, then maybe collect the guard hairs that come off first at the start of a moult? They seem thicker and straighter than the downy stuff.

      As for actually constructing the brush… No idea lol

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