Sunday, February 13, 2011

Making Your Own Nail Art Brushes

 Most of the time even the smallest brushes I can find are typically to big for me. I know you can get some fairly small ones online but I hate ordering things and having to wait for them to arrive, it drives me insane. I ordered a sable brush from Sally Beauty Supply online, used it for one stripe dipped it in acetone to clean it like I do all of my brushes and when I took it out all of the bristles were gone, I kid you not. Needless to say I was fairly disappointed. I also think part of the reason I hate ordering online is our mail isn't delivered to the house we have to pick it up at the post office but that is another story.
 Anyways what I tend to do is check out the art sections of most stores or any craft store I come across to see what brushes they have. I usually find them for a dollar or two. If you can't find one that is small enough you can make your own, and it is pretty simple. All you need is a brush, a pair of small scissors or what I prefer to use, cuticle clippers.

 After I find a cheap brush I like I take my cuticle clippers and go around the edge near the base of the handle and clip small sections out going towards the middle of the bristles. I like to keep the edges somewhat even so that when I get it to the thinness I want all of the bristles are in the middle of the brush and not to one side.

 Continue cutting small sections all the way around evenly until you feel the brush is thin enough for you.

 In the picture below are a few of my brushes, you can see how thin some of them are. Also, you might notice out of the five pictured, I have two of each of the black handle brushes. The only difference being that one I have cut more bristles off.


 So when I find a nice cheap brush I usually buy a few to make several different sizes, to have as backups in case one gets very used and I end up trashing it or lost.


  1. this is great! I seriously have been looking for super fine brushes for detailing but havent found any. Looks like i may look into doing this!

  2. I do this with almost every brush I buy, khuuphoria! It works great!

  3. That is great. I've been finding how to do it and looking for it all around shops.

  4. that is such a great idea. i have been looking all over the net just to see how to make a thin brush. thankyou

  5. haha! very helpful..i've been searching for nail art brushes fr 2 days now and most online nail art shops are out of stock, not responding, or lives too far away from where i am..thanks for this!


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